Food from good hands

Producers in the QS scheme

Quality assurance of fruit, vegetables and potatoes begins with the production in the fields and greenhouses. QS provides production companies with support in the form of practice-oriented requirements that we have compiled in the QS guidelines and self-assessment checklists.

Qualified auditors review the implementation of and compliance with requirements in independent audits. This forms the basis for the QS certification that producers use to provide evidence of audited production processes vis-à-vis their customers.



Crop List

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Pest Control

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Hygiene Checklist

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Handling Non-Compliant Products

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Field Based Records – Outdoor Vegetables

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General Business Data

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Residue Monitoring

Residue monitoring in the QS scheme monitors fruit, vegetables and potatoes to ensure that applicable maximum residue levels for plant protection products and limit values for pollutants and nitrate are observed. It also checks whether the pesticides used are approved for the product. The aim of monitoring is to ensure that only flawless goods find their way to the consumer. In the event of complaints, possible causes are clarified in order to avoid recurrence by means of suitable measures.

QS Agreements

QS actively promotes cooperation with other standard owners across national borders, so that everyone can rely on each other. In the interests of food and feed safety, QS maintains a close exchange with the standard owners- a good basis for joint further development. 

Production | Belgium


QS and Vegaplan (Vegaplan vzw) mutually recognise their standards for the production of fruit, vegetables and potatoes as well as for residue monitoring. Producers with a valid Vegaplan audit certificate can deliver into the QS scheme if they can provide evidence of individual Vegaplan certification. For this purpose, they are registered in the QS database. They are primarily coordinated through Vegaplan. Their delivery eligibility can be accessed in the QS database. In return, businesses with a QS audit certificate are also eligible to deliver into the Vegaplan scheme.


Dr. Annette Förschler

Production | Production | International


GlobalG.A.P and QS (with QS-GAP) have mutually recognised their standards. Producers with a QS-GAP certification must be registered in the GlobalG.A.P. database to be allowed to deliver into the GlobalG.A.P scheme. Businesses with a valid GlobalG.A.P. audit certificate can deliver into the QS scheme if they register through a QS coordinator and participate in mandatory QS residue monitoring.

Production businesses with several locations certified according to the GlobalG.A.P. standard in a multi-site procedure who would like to participate in the QS scheme must arrange for auditing and register of each site. For companies with a multisite with QMS, analogous requirements (see information sheet) apply as for companies with a GlobalG.A.P. Option 1-certificate. 

Producers and certificate holders with a GlobalG.A.P. Option 2-certificate (group certification) can find more information on participation in the QS scheme here


Dr. Annette Förschler

Production | Production | Austria


QS and Agrarmarkt Austria Marketing GesmbH, standard owner of the Austrian AMAG.A.P quality standard, mutually recognise their audits for the production of fruit, vegetables and potatoes. Producers with a valid AMAG.A.P certificate can deliver into the QS scheme if they register via a coordinator in the QS scheme. They obtain their eligibility to deliver following registration and through participation in QS residue monitoring. In return, businesses holding a QS-GAP certificate are also eligible to deliver into the AMA-Gütesiegel quality assurance scheme.


Dr. Annette Förschler



Dr. Annette Förschler

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