EUREP-GAP certification is based on Safe and Sustainable Good Agricultural Practice (GAP), essential elements for the development of best practices for the global production of horticultural products. It defines the minimum standard acceptable for the leading retail groups in the European Union (EU), however, standards for some individual retailers and those adopted by some growers may exceed those described. 

GAP is a means of incorporating Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and Integrated Crop Management (ICM) practices within the framework of commercial agricultural production. Adoption of IPM/ICM is regarded by EUREP (EU Retailers Produce Working Group) members as essential for the long-term improvement and sustainability of agricultural production.