FAMI-QS certification is a feed safety and quality management system certification (including good manufacturing practices) for the sector of specialty feed ingredients. FAMI-QS certification is based on the FAMI-QS Code of Practice for specialty feed ingredients.
The FAMI-QS Code of Practice provides requirements for implementing measures necessary to ensure feed safety and quality of products manufactured by processes, as defined by FAMI-QS. The Code covers requirements on Good Manufacturing Practices, on the HACCP programme and suggestions on continuous improvements to the design, management of operations and risks with a goal of maintaining feed safety and quality.
The scope of FAMI-QS is specialty feed ingredients. A specialty feed ingredient is defined as any intentionally added ingredient, not normally consumed as feed by itself, whether or not it has nutritional value, which affects the characteristics of feed or animals/animal products and animal performance.
STEP 1: Download a copy of the FAMI-QS Code of Practice, the Feed Fraud Prevention and Defence Module and Rules for Operators. Read the documents carefully.
STEP 2: Evaluate your readiness and perform an internal audit with the help of the FAMI-QS checklist. A copy of this document is available upon request to the FAMI-QS Secretariat.
STEP 3: Identify your scope and fill in the Application form available on https://fami-qs.org/scheme-documents/application-information/#application. Submit the form via email to firstname.lastname@example.org in order to register for FAMI-QS Certification.
STEP 4: FAMI-QS will evaluate the application and contact you to inform you of the approval decision. If your application is accepted, an invoice for the membership fee is issued. Upon receipt of the payment, an Approval Letter is sent to you.
STEP 5: To obtain the FAMI-QS Certificate, contact IRCLASS representative to schedule and begin preparation for your audit. The Approval Letter sent to you by FAMI-QS has to be provided to IRCLASS
STEP 6: The initial audit is conducted in two stages:
• Stage 1: evaluation of the Feed Safety Management System (FeSMS), documentation, and scope
• Stage 2: verification of the implementation of the FeSMS
STEP 7: Once the audit is concluded, IRCLASS will submit the audit documentation to FAMI-QS for validation.
STEP 8: After revision of the audit documentation and its findings by IRCLASS, a certification decision is made. If the assessment is successful, a certificate is issued to the organisation.
Note: Alongside the audit, the applicant organisation must successfully complete the two trainings provided by the FAMI-QS Scheme under the First Time Right initiative. The FAMI-QS Certification Procedure and Accredited Certification and FAMI-QS Certification System and Code Version 6.0 trainings are both mandatory.
STEP 9: FAMI-QS reviews the audit documentation, training records and payment of membership fees and validates the data for registration. After validation of the audit documentation, the organisation is included in the online directory of certified organisations on the FAMI-QS Website
STEP 10: After the initial certification, an annual surveillance audit will apply. The certification is valid for 3 years. After the cycle of 3 years, a recertification audit will take place.
FAMI-QS certification is a valuable asset for any company in the specialty feed and ingredients industry. The certification demonstrates a commitment to safety and quality, and it can help your company stand out in a competitive market. If you are not already certified, we recommend that you take the steps to get FAMI-QS certified.