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FAMI-QS third party certification system endorsed by the EA

Standards, EA endorsed FAMI-QS for inclusion into the MultiLateral Agreement (MLA). FAMI-QS Third Party Certification System is the first scheme operating in the feed sector accepted for inclusion under EA-MLA.

With the view to harmonize the evaluation of sector specific schemes seeking accreditation in Europe, EA established a policy, procedures and criteria by which sector specific schemes shall be evaluated. FAMI-QS appreciated and welcomed the initiative of EA to harmonize the accreditation process and decision for the sector specific schemes and accompanied the procedure from an early stage.

FAMI-QS is among the first sector specific schemes which applied for a formal evaluation at European Level and inclusion under EA-MLA. FAMI-QS was assessed against the International Accreditation Standards and the output of this evaluation was positive.

The acceptance of FAMI-QS under the EA-MLA provides the common platform for all European Accreditation Bodies to fully integrate FAMI-QS in their services. Thus, all the FAMI-QS authorized Certification Bodies will include FAMI-QS under their accreditation. Thought the accreditation process, FAMI-QS ensures that all authorized Certification Bodies have to demonstrate to deliver a consistently reliable and impartial FAMI-QS certification audit.

The accreditation is provided in accordance with ISO/IEC 17021 and ISO/TS 22003 for the following categories covering the whole scope of FAMI-QS:
•    Category L, Biochemical Manufacturing: Feed additives, Premixtures
•    Category H, Distribution: Trade
•    Category F, Feed Production: Functional Feed Ingredients, Specialty Complementary Feed and Specialty Complementary Dietetic Feed.

Sunita Sahota

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