BOPP

BOPP Certification - Standard selection

Pre-certification

Upon joining BOPP, new members will become pre-certification members (and will be issued with a unique BOPP membership number) as an indication of their intention to become certificated. As such, pre-certification members are permitted access to the help line, grower sample manuals, templates, guidance notes and the technical information on the members' only section of the BOPP website in order to achieve BOPP certification. This period lasts for up to one year, during which time the member is required to create and implement the procedures necessary for successful evaluation and certification against one or more of the BOPP Standards detailed below.

1. Grower Standards

These standards are suitable for growers of bedding, pot plants, hardy nursery stock, flowers and bulbs. The grower standards set best practice for the ornamental horticulture industry based on good agricultural practice. The compliance criteria cover strategic issues, production issues, harvest and post-harvest handling (bulbs and flowers only) and customer considerations. 


1. UKAS Certification Standard 

This standard is inspected by a UKAS accredited certification body and results in a pass or fail inspection. Auditors are not able to provide advice during this inspection.

2.  Continual Development Standard

This standard is inspected by a contracted consultancy company and results in a pass or fail inspection, with scoring for each compliance criteria. As part of the inspection, constructive comments will be issued against each evaluation point to permit business development and continual development. 

2. The Ornamental Horticulture Packhouse Standard

This is a good manufacturing practice standard, which has been written specifically for the ornamental horticulture industry. The standard is divided into three sections; process and product control, customer considerations and strategic issues.  The Standard requires that the business has a quality management system in place summarised in a quality manual. An annual third party site inspection validates the manual and records and ensures business compliance. The standard is inspected by a UKAS accredited certification body and results in a pass or fail inspection. 

3. The Growing Media Producers Standard

This is a good manufacturing practice standard, which has been written specifically for the growing media manufacturers industry. The standard is divided into three sections; process and product control, customer considerations and strategic issues. The Standard requires that the business has a quality management system in place summarised in a quality manual. An annual third party site inspection validates the manual and records and ensures business compliance. The standard is inspected by a UKAS accredited certification body and results in a pass or fail inspection.