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EurepGAP recognizes first compound feed manufacturer schemes

EurepGAP achieved further milestone toward livestock farm assurance certification and approved Compound Feed Manufacture (CFM) schemes.

The following CFM schemes have received recognition by EurepGAP against the EurepGAP CFM standard and producers that source from suppliers who are in compliance with these schemes, are in compliance with the requirements as set out in the EurepGAP IFA and IAA standards.

  • GMP+ Certification Scheme Animal Feed Sector (The Netherlands)
  • Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (United Kingdom)
  • Programme Feed & Food Safety Gestao do Alimento Seguro (Brazil)


As a result of the EurepGAP requirement in IFA and IAA standards that states that Compound Feed used on farms have to be obtained from a EurepGAP approved source, the EurepGAP Compound Feed Manufacturer Reference Module (CFM) has been developed.

It is now available for download in the form of Control Points and Compliance Criteria (CPCC), Checklist (CL), and Benchmark Checklist (BMCL), from the EurepGAP website

This Module serves as a basis for use by Compound Feed Manufacturers and Compound Feed Manufacturer Assurance Schemes to demonstrate that they follow the EurepGAP requirements.

The way in which the process for demonstrating compliance is twofold (choice depends on whether the feed mill is already working with a scheme or not), as described in the introduction of the CFM CPCC document:

1. For Compound Feed Manufacturers that are working within an existing Compound Feed Manufacturer Assurance scheme that applies for EurepGAP recognition (Such as CESFAC and Sindiraçoes), the scheme is responsible for filling in the BMCL document provided and sending it to EurepGAP.
This will lead to an immediate announcement of start of the procedure, and recognition, after a period of at least 2 months of peer review, of "Preliminary Approval based on a completed cross reference checklist & member peer review" which will be communicated by EurepGAP.
The Compound Feed Manufacturers who are in compliance with those schemes that obtain this status will also be in compliance of the EurepGAP requirement that Compound Feed used on farms are obtained from a EurepGAP approved source.

2. For Compound Feed Manufacturers that are not working within an existing Compound Feed Manufacturer Assurance scheme (i.e. in countries which do not have any Compound Feed Manufacturer Assurance Schemes), and who are therefore seeking certification to the EurepGAP Compound Feed Manufacturer Reference Module directly, the first step of the process for demonstrating compliance is the Registration of the Manufacturer in the EurepGAP Data Base.

The second step is the electronic Submission of a completed self-assessment against the EurepGAP Checklist (CL). This second step will ensure compliance with the specific EurepGAP control point. Certification of the individual Compound Feed Manufacturer in this case is not yet required.

All Compound Feed Manufacturer Assurance Schemes interested in applying for equivalence recognition and all Compound Feed Manufacturers interested in registering and completing online their self-assessment should contact EurepGAP at info@foodplus.org to get more information.

EurepGAP certification of an IFA (livestock) or IAA producer
At this stage, for verification of the farmer's compliance to points in the IFA and IAA standard referring to Approved EurepGAP Sources of Compound Feed, the CB must check with EurepGAP whether a Compound Feed Manufacturer is either assured by an Assurance Scheme that has obtained "Preliminary Approval based on a completed cross reference checklist & member peer review" or has successfully registered and completed the self-assessment.

In due course the farmer and CB will be able to check the conformance of the Compound Feed supplier through the use of an identifier code (IKEY) that gives access to the data on approved Feed Manufacturers and Schemes in the EurepGAP database.

Certification Bodies who wish to become approved for certifying the EurepGAP CFM reference module will be able to do so through the EurepGAP extranet at a later date (to be announced in early 2006).

Once there are CBs that are approved by EurepGAP for certifying the CFM code, the Compound Feed Manufacturers will be required to have external audits and obtain EurepGAP/equivalent-recognised-scheme certification.

 

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