The Good Aquaculture Practices for Fish Farming (GAP-FF) is a set of guidelines to help local fish farms improve in key areas such as farm infrastructure management, farm husbandry, fish health management, and farm environment management. These guidelines are developed with reference to internationally recognised standards and adapted to ensure they are relevant to the local farming industry.
GAP-FF is a voluntary scheme. Local farms can request to be certified for the implementation of GAP-FF to which farm audits will be carried out to ensure that farms comply with the requirements of the certification.
Enhanced Standard – SS670: Specification for Good Aquaculture Practice
To address emerging farming systems and technologies, market demand for high quality farm produces and promote responsible farming, a new standard “SS 670: Specification for good aquaculture practice” is developed to provide guidance to local aquaculture farms on a holistic approach of farm management in the areas of food safety, animal health and welfare, environmental integrity and workers health and safety. With this standard which is in-line with regional and international aquaculture farming standards, local farms can adopt best practices for quality assurance in aquaculture production while protecting the farm environment.
The SS670 caters to different aquaculture systems in Singapore, ranging from open-cage farming, pond farming and closed containment farming systems for fish, crustaceans and molluscs. It specifies best practices from pre-production starting from nursery to production, harvesting and post-harvesting prior to delivery of aquaculture products for both land-based and open water aquaculture.
This new standard, which has just been published in Jun 2021, will supersede the GAP-FF standard as the new Certification Scheme for Good Aquaculture Practice. SFA will be announcing the details of the Certification Scheme for Good Aquaculture Practice in the coming months.
If you are would like to know more about the SS670 certification, please contact Mr Kevin Fong at email: email@example.com
Certified fish farms are awarded with a certification mark which can be used to distinguish their produce from others in the market. The aim is to raise awareness of local fish farms among consumers, as well as to provide assurance to both retailers and consumers by setting the benchmark for the production of safe and quality fish.
3-Step Assessment for the Certification Process
Step 1: Pre-audit assessment
(Only for new applicants)
This is a paper assessment by SFA where farms will be evaluated on:
- Farm details
- List of fish species cultured
- Type of feed used
- Details of chemotherapeutants used
Farms which are renewing their certification only need to re-submit the "Application Form for GAP-FF Certification" to update SFA of any changes within 3 months before the expiry date of the certificate.
Step 2: Farm audit assessment
This includes a site visit for examination of records to ensure these items are in accordance to the GAP-FF guidelines:
- Farm records and Standard Operating Procedures
- Farm structure and maintenance
- Farm management
- Farming and packaging practices (feed management, use of chemotherapeutants, harvesting and packaging)
- Fish health management
- Farm environment
- Human health and safety at work
SFA may also carry out interviews with farm personnel.
Step 3: Evaluation
This includes an overall evaluation by the SFA Certification Approval Committee.
How to Apply
Step 1: Understand requirements of GAP-FF Certification
Refer to code of practice in the document on GAP-FF Certification (Version 1, 8 Aug 2014).
Step 2: Implement Good Aquaculture Practices for Food Fish on farm applying for certification
In accordance to the above document on GAP-FF Certification (Version 1, 8 Aug 2014) or the latest GAP-FF standard.
Step 3: Conduct internal audit check for compliance to the GAP-FF standard requirements
To conduct self-assessment of the farm’s readiness for certification prior to the application or renewal of the GAP-FF Certification.
Submit form to:
Singapore Food Agency
Standards Development & Promotion Department
Industry Development & Partnership Division
52 Jurong Gateway Road, JEM Office Tower
#14-01 Singapore 608550
The submission of application indicates your agreement with the certification process. We will make arrangements to conduct the farm audit assessment within a month after the application form is received.
Time period to complete certification process
The certification process should be completed:
- Within 6 months from the point of receipt of new application
- Within 3 months before the expiry date of the certificate for renewal
Applicants should also note the following:
- Successful applicants are to be informed by post/email on the outcome of the certification process
- For unsuccessful cases within the grace period of 3 months, applicants can appeal for a re-audit which includes a site visit. The site visit is charged on an hourly basis
|Type of Application
||S$600 certification fee (non-refundable)
||S$300 certification fee (non-refundable)
||Hourly charge rate of S$101 based on duration of farm visit
*fees are inclusive of GST
The fees are subject to change from time to time.
Payments can be made via GIRO and payment will be debited from your designated bank account on the deduction date stated.
If you are not paying by GIRO, payment can be made via the following modes:
We will notify you of the outcome of the application / renewal once the GAP-FF certification process has been completed.