Marion Handel

Marion Handel

Quality Department, VOG – Association of South Tyrolean Fruit Growers’ Cooperatives, Italy

Marion Handel is an Engineer of Horticulture (University of Applied Sciences Weihenstephan-Triesdorf, Germany). During and after her studies, she worked in different nurseries for flowers and ornamentals and on a farm specialized in apple production.
She started to work for VOG – Association of South Tyrolean Fruit Growers’ Cooperatives, a PMO with 16 member cooperatives and approx. 5,200 associated growers for apples in 2001.
Within the quality team she works on development, implementation, establishment and maintenance of procedures for the system and product certifications (ISO 9001, IFS, BRC, OHSAS, GLOBALG.A.P.) for VOG as well as for the associated cooperatives and farms.
During the last years she completed a lot of training for quality systems, internal audits, and safety and hygiene. Since 2009, she has been responsible for the GLOBALG.A.P. Certification for the group of 4,200 growers. The focus is on the uniformity of the system, the training of the approx. 30 internal inspectors, the realization of the internal audits and inspections, and the monitoring and measurement of the system.
Furthermore, she is responsible for the analysis of new product certification standards and the possibilities of implementation in the existing Integrated Management System.
In cooperation with Intact, she was involved in the development of the audit software, the software for the manual, the database for records, and the interfaces between different systems.
She is also a member of the Stakeholder Committee Group Certification and the Benchmarking Committee.

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Session Details

Speaker at: Roundtable Session GLOBALG.A.P. Group Certification
Date & Time: Monday, 27 October, 5-5:45 p.m.
Location: Session Rooms 1-4

Panelist at: Parallel Session 1 “IT, Transparency & Market Access”
Date & Time: Tuesday, 28 October, 2:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: Mezzoon Ballroom 2

Session Description

GLOBALG.A.P. Group Certification

The session will provide an overview of the proposed changes concerning:

  1. Alternatives to current inspection frequency and sampling methods.
  2. Approval of the extended requirements for internal traceability and segregation of products.
  3. Proposals for development of current requirements for internal inspectors and auditors and the internal controls.

Paralllel Session “IT, Transparency & Market Access”

Parallel sessions on several hot topics, with keynote speakers and expert panelists, discussing thought provoking ideas and debating controversial concepts.

How can supply chains monitor and control responsible sourcing. How can we monitor progress toward sustainability in agriculture? What are the roles of government, technology and science?