Quality, food safety, traceability and durability. That is what we stand for!

Here is a brief overview of our most important milestones since our creation.
2020

Some interesting new features have been added to the free digital crop registration sheet. In order to enable the most efficient registration possible, the parcels entered in the official document "déclaration de superficie" (area declaration) can now be imported into the Vegaplan environment. The exchange of parcel data has been realized in collaboration with the Walloon and Flemish authorities.


Following the approval of the new version of the Sector Guide for Primary Plant Production, Vegaplan publishes the new version of the Vegaplan Standard for Primary Plant Production (version 4.0). The main adaptation is to take into account the new legislation on plant health. This legislation stipulates that all plants intended for planting that are sold between professionals or via e-commerce must have a plant passport.


Following the approval of the new version of the Sector Guide for agricultural and horticultural contractors, Vegaplan publishes the new version of the Vegaplan Standard for agricultural and horticultural contractors (version 2.0). A chapter on water quality has also been added to the Vegaplan Standard for contractors. If the contractor subcontracts all or part of the contractual work to another contractor, the latter must be certified for the Vegaplan Standard for agricultural and horticultural contractors or equivalent for the activities concerned.


CodiplanPLUS Pigs merges into the unified BePork quality system. The BePork quality label is developed from the legislation: the self-checking (G040C) and the legal provisions on animal welfare compiled in the Codiplan Animal Welfare specification. BePork adds extra-legal requirements relating to sustainability, animal welfare and animal health.

2019

Vegaplan launches a standard for the ornamental crops sector: after edible crops, Vegaplan now also offers a standard for non-edible crops (ornamental plants and nurseries): the Vegaplan standard for horticultural non-edible crops. This Standard makes it possible to meet both the legal requirements under the jurisdiction of the FASFC and those imposed by the Regions, by means of an audit every three years. A special feature of this standard is that it concerns both trade and production, so that ornamental plant growers who are also involved in trade can be certified and claim a reduction on their annual contribution to the FASFC.


Version 3.0 of the Vegaplan Standard has been released: One of the main novelties of version 3 is the thorough revision of the requirements for the quality of water used in pre-harvest and post-harvest operations. Another new feature is the chapter "export to third countries". In order to prevent potato diseases and pests, the phytosanitary requirements for seed potatoes have also been strengthened. In the field of integrated crop protection (IPM), a number of adjustments have been made and new requirements have been included.


SAI: the Vegaplan Standard has been awarded a gold score, now also for fruit and vegetables for the fresh market, in the framework of benchmarking with the SAI sustainability assessment tool.

Validation of Sector Guide G-040 module C version 2.0 in primary animal production: since the introduction of the last version of G040 module C in 2012, a lot has changed. Legislation has changed, new regulations have come into force, animal welfare is no longer the responsibility of the FASFC, but of the Regions.

2018

Since 2018 Vegaplan has made a digital crop registration sheet available to certified farmers that they can share directly with their clients. So, for the farmers the crop information sheet is a handy tool that can save them quite a bit of time. For the clients, the digital crop information sheet offers homogeneity in data and it permits more efficient management of its suppliers.
The last project Vegaplan completed in 2018 was finishing the Vegaplan Standard Non-Edible Horticultural Products. It comprises not only the requirements applicable for the production of and trade in ornamental plants as determined by the FASFC, but also the measures regarding integrated pest management (IPM) and the quality requirements that apply to the propagating material under the competence of the regions.
Finally, in 2018, Vegaplan welcomed the organisations Fresh Trade Belgium (the federation for companies that are active in the fruit and vegetables sector) and AVBS (the Flanders’ federation of green industry) as new members.

2017

GLOBALG.A.P. accepts at the beginning of February 2017 version 1.0 of the Vegaplan Standard 'contractors'.
Recognition of the Vegaplan Standard system by SAI: score "gold" is achieved. Thanks to this excellent result and the high similarity with FSA (Farm sustainability Assessment), Unilever considers the Vegaplan Standard as conform with the principles of sustainable development.
CodiplanPLUS Beef: The new version of the Standard published on 7 april 2017. This Standard is an integral part of the Belbeef Standard, which also includes the conditions for i.a. the slaughterhouses and cutting plants.
New version of the animal part of the Sector Guide primary production is submitted to to FASFC (the Belgian Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain). Compared to the current still valid version a number of new legislations are added, for example the use and registration of veterinary drugs as well as the reference to the AMCRA guides wich aim at an increased biosafety and reduced use of antibiotics.

2016

The CodiplanPLUS Beef Standard is part of the Belbeef Standard (used to known as the Generic Standard Beef). 

Recognition of the Vegaplan-system by the international platform of SAI: The Vegaplan Standard has been compared to the FSA-tool (Farm Sustainability Assessment) and has thereby received the score "silver" for all arable crops (sugar beet, potatoes, chicory, cereals and industrial vegetables). 

The IKKB Standard 'contractor' changes its name and becomes the Vegaplan Standard 'contractor'. Like the Vegaplan Standard for primary production, the Vegaplan Standard 'contractor' contains the whole sector Guide (G-033) as well as the regulation op IPM (Integrated Pest Management) for a sustainable use of pesticides and measures concerning the sustainable development. 

2015

In october, the FASFC recognizes the equivalence between the Vegaplan Standard (version 2.0 of 02.09.2015) and the Sector Guide G-040 for primary production G-040 (module A 'Crop production' and B 'Roughage' - version 2.0 of 02.09.2015).

In view of improving communication, Belbeef has decided to rename the "Generic Reference Cattle" into "Belbeef Standard".

The agreement for mutual recognition between QS and the Standard CodiplanPLUS Pigs has been prolonged till end of 2017.
Launch of the Vegaplan Standard CodiplanPLUS Park Rabbits, which contains only requirements concerning animal welfare.

In January 2015, Vegaplan scored "bronze" (=100% conformity with the essential questions, 75% for the basic questions) at the SAI platform (Sustainable Agriculture Initiative).
2014

In october, the FASFC recognizes the equivalence between the Vegaplan Standard (version 1.1 of 06.10.2014) and the Sector Guide G-040 for primary production G-040 (module A 'Crop production' and B 'Roughage' - version 1.1 of 30.10.2013).

The ICQM Standard changes its name and is enhanced by measures linked to Sustainability and incorporates the legal requirements regarding use of pesticides compatible with sustainable development.
This normative document is henceforth called the Vegaplan Standard.
2013

In July, launch of the CodiplanPLUS Beef.
It fits within the framework of the Generic Reference Cattle and gives market access for beef farmers.

Incorporation in our normative documents of the specific requirements applicable to sprouted seeds.

The IQCM certificate is now recognised within the GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance scheme.

Vegaplan and the VAVI consider the Vegaplan certificate and the "Voedselveiligheid Aardappelen" certificate to be equivalent.

2012
The sectorial Guide for primary crop production and that for animal production are brought together and supplemented by a module for non-edible horticultural production.
This is how we assembled the sectorial Guide applicable to all primary production : the Guide G-040.
2010
In february, QS and Codiplan conclude an agreement establishing the interchangeability of QS and CodiplanPLUS Pigs.
2009

In order to optimise human and organisational resources, both at the administrative level and with respect to contents, Vegaplan and Codiplan decide to collaborate via a "Back office".

Approval by the FASFC of the Sectorial Guide for agricultural contractors.
2008

Approval by the FASFC of the first version of the Sectorial Guide for Primary Animal Production.

In September, the representatives of the CPPC and those of the "Akkerbouw Certificeringsoverleg" conclude an agreement with regard to mutual acceptance of the Belgian ICQM Standard and of the Dutch VVAK system.
2007

In february, the CPPC, Agro-Service and Stiching Pro aCT conclude an agreement on collaboration wich establishes equivalency between the ICQM Standard and the VKL ("Voedselkwaliteit Loonwerk") for entrepreneurs.

In November, Vegaplan concludes an agreement of mutual recognition with Q & S in Germany.
This collaboration will grow more intense during the years to come.
2006

Founding of the non-profit a.s.b.l Codiplan by agricultural organisations, targeting the development and management of a Codiplan Sectorial Guide for Animal Production.

This first Sectorial Guide of Autocontrol for Primary Crop Production is prepared based on the existing ICQM Standard.
In July it is approved by the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC).
2005

Founding of the a.s.b.l CPPC.

Launch of the ICQM Standard for agricultural contractors, prepared in collaboration with Agro-Service.
2004
Publication of the first Standard: the ICQM AGF Standard (Integrated Chain Quality Managment).
This Standard is based on the existing normative documents for various crops.
It gives farmers the possibility to certify their potatoes, fruits and vegetables using a single certificate which is valid for three years.
In the course of the years which followed, the field of application of the Standard was expanded.
2003
Founding of the a.s.b.l Vegaplan.be by Agrofront and the CPPC. The a.s.b.l Vegaplan is tasked with preparing a normative document for primary plant production.
2002
The Chairman of the CPPC and Agrofront sign in Meise a declaration of intent, according to which they undertake to set up a quality control system for the entire plan sector based on bottom-up principle.
1999
The processors and merchants of the sector of primary production organise themselves and form the de facto association CPPC (Consultation Platform for the Processing of and Trade in arable Crops and horticultural raw materials and products).
Acting in concert with the agricultural organisations wich are themselves united under the Agrofront abbreviation, they plan to set up a quality control system.