Food & Agriculture

ISO 22000

Food Safety Management Systems

There has been a continuous increase in consumer demand for safe food. This has led to the development of various food safety standards. The growing number of national standards has led to confusion.

Consequently, there is a need for international harmonization and ISO aims to meet this need with ISO 22000:

The standard is complimentary to ISO9001, in that ISO 22000 addresses specifically the issues relating to food safety and uses an approach that can be integrated with that of ISO 9001. ISO 22000 is not a replacement for ISO 9001, however businesses in the food sector may see it as having greater commercial importance to their business than ISO 9001, particularly as there is increasing pressure on the food industry to demonstrate that it is effectively managing food safety, following the highly publicized food scares around the world.

The standard specifies a number of key requirements, including

  • Planning, implementing, maintaining and updating a food safety management system.
  • Identification of hazards and determination of risks to food safety using HACCP principles.
  • Compliance with applicable food safety related regulatory requirements.
  • Development and implementation of pre-requisite programmes and/or HACCP plans as a way of controlling food safety hazards.
  • Continual improvement and updating of the food safety management system.
  • Interactive communication with interested parties (enforcement agencies, customers, suppliers, consumers) on food safety issues.

HACCP

Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points HACCP is a preventative approach or ‘risk assessment’ tool for identifying hazards, determining the risks associated with those hazards and the implementation of program to reduce, eliminate or manage these risks within the food chain. This approach was developed from the concept of Failure Mode Effects Analysis or FMEA.

The key controls used are called critical control points where predetermined points for quantifiable reduction or elimination of a hazard are identified and have to be managed. Pre-requisite program define general control measures of operational and environmental conditions necessary for the production of safe food. These control measures are identified through a Hazard analysis, as for critical control points or specific measures. Managing food safety risk is fundamental to survival within the food industry.

Systems failures occur because of inadequate risk assessment, management, corrective action and control. Cost of failure can include loss of product, damage to reputation, loss of major customers and damage to product brands.

During the last few years the food industry has been affected by an escalation of legislation and regulations. National legislation is increasingly putting the responsibility of ensuring the production, supply and sale of safe food onto food organizations. This is as a direct result of food scares and the consequential economic damage it has caused in some countries around the world and in order to reduce the burden of proof and cost on national enforcement agencies that inspect food facilities.

GLOBAL GAP

GLOBALG.A.P. is an internationally recognized set of farm standards dedicated to Good Agricultural Practices (GAP).

Through certification, producers demonstrate their adherence to GLOBALG.A.P. standards.

For consumers and retailers, the GLOBALG.A.P. certificate is reassurance that food reaches accepted levels of safety and quality, and has been produced sustainably, respecting the health, safety and welfare of workers, the environment, and in consideration of animal welfare issues. Without such reassurance, farmers may be denied access to markets.

GLOBALG.A.P. is becoming a compulsory standard as most retailers now require it as evidence of good agricultural/fish farming practices. Producers of crops and farmers raising animals or fish to produce food for human consumption need GLOBALG.A.P. certification. Without it, their products cannot be stocked by those retailers. Increasingly, exporters to Europe and other markets areas (Asia and America) also need to comply with the production standards determined by the GLOBALG.A.P. certification scheme.

BRC

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is a globally recognised UK trade organisation. Which established a series standards to help companies comply with food safety legislation, and to provide guidelines for the manufacture of safe, quality food products.

The standards soon became a worldwide benchmark for best practice in the food industry and have evolved into the internationally recognised BRC Global Standards. Intertek is a fully UK accredited certification body, authorised to carry out food safety audits and award BRC Global Standard for Food Safety certification, Consumer Products and the IoP Packaging Standard.

The BRC Standard demands high levels of compliance and the certification programme is wide ranging, including food safety planning, site and process controls, and gaining management buy in. You can also bolt-on the new BRC Food Safety Culture Excellence module to your next audit. As your partner, we can support and guide you through the whole process Gaining BRC Global Standard for Food Safety certification gives your brand an internationally recognised mark of food quality, safety and responsibility.

The programme is fully approved by the Global Food Standard Initiative (GFSI) and is designed to be efficient, reducing the need for multiple audits and helping you to improve your processes and save time and resources.  Becoming part of more than 18,000 BRC certified manufacturers in 100 countries, you will benefit from increased consumer confidence and open your business to new opportunities.

GMP+

The first standard for food sustainability, the Good Manufacturing Practice System, or GMP+ for short, was published in 2013. It contains two modules, "GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance" (dealing with feed safety) and "GMP+ Feed Responsibility Assurance" (dealing with sustainable feed). GMP+ monitors the entire feed chain, from producers of raw materials to transport organizations and livestock farmers. The standard deals flexibly with the production conditions prevailing for feed production businesses.

In order to meet practical needs, various components have been integrated in the GMP+ FSA module. That includes, for example, regulations for the quality management system (ISO 9001) , HACCP and product standards.

If your organization makes, stores or sells feed, GMP+ certification by our experts with accreditation from LGA InterCert GmbH is the right step.

Benefit from our high levels of expertise in all areas of the feed chain and our extensive and solid knowledge of the industry. You can also save time and money by combining multiple certifications (such as HACCP, ISO 9001, 14001, 50001 …).

A GMP+ certificate will strengthen your customers' and partners' trust in the safety of your feed. Demonstrable assurance of feed safety is a "license to sell" in many countries and markets, and participation in the GMP+ FSA module can facilitate this excellently. Use it to secure your position on the European and global markets. Improve the reliability of the production process at your company with the Good Manufacturing Practice Standard and reduce your liability risk.

NON-GMO

As a result of increasing consumer concerns about the long-term health and environmental effects of the food we eat, the market responds with an increasing demand for certified non-GMO food. To meet this demand, we as IG have developed together with our partners the Non-GMO Production Standard (NGPS).

The NGPS verifies the accuracy of Non-GMO Production claims in products by ensuring that ingredients were not genetically engineered by the use of modern biotechnology. The use of the NGPS logo serves as a further explicitly-stated guarantee of the quality? of the product. The certification is applicable at all levels of the supply chain to organizations active in cultivation, production, processing, storage, distribution, logistics and/or trade. Products falling within the scope should comprise of one or more agricultural products, regardless of their purpose.

The Non-GMO Production Standard The standard ensures no genetically engineered ingredients are used in the production of the end product. The standard aims to verify this by putting forth a list of requirements that leads to a strong system of internal and external verifications at the facilities that produce/process the (end-)product.

The Management System (MS) shall have a documented sampling plan that is based on the MS and the associated risk assessment. Laboratories performing tests to assess the genetically engineered material content of a sample, shall be certified with ISO 17025 for the specific activity of genetically engineered material testing. Companies in compliance with the NGPS may communicate the claim ‘Certified Non-GMO Production’ on the product label with reference to the NGPS. To the approved organic standards belong EU organic, NPOP, USDA organic and IFOAM based organic standards.

Benefits of Certification

IG certifies companies all over the world and offers a wide range of certification programmes, some of which can be linked to organic certifications. Our global network of offices allows us to make certification more efficient and cost effective, whilst upholding the same stringent professional auditing and certification procedures. Through third-party verification, we motivate your (quality) claim independently towards your clients. Furthermore, traceability and contamination risks can be managed better by certifying your management system and/or your product.

With 200+ certification programs, we are able to conduct combination audits saving time and expenses for our customers.

Your benefits:
  • The market for non-GMO products is surging 17% annually and expected to reach 1.1 billion USD by 2023, according to industry analyst
  • Increased opportunities for market share and market differentiation
  • Ability to meet consumer and retailer demand for non-GMO labeling
  • Access to global non-GMO markets
  • Comprehensive risk management
  • Compliance with emerging retail, industry and government requirements

FSA

FSA Farm Sustainability Assessment, a tool from the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative to engage, assess and improve the sustainability practices at farm level.

IG is a global service provider for the agricultural industry and officially approved by SAI Platform to perform Farmer Sustainability Assessments (FSA). In this program we perform verification services with the supplier and the farmers they source from.

SAI Platform was created in 2002 by the food industry to support the development of sustainable agriculture worldwide. Nowadays, SAI Platform has over 90 members across the global food and drink value chain and covers all major commodities. SAI Platform promotes the development and implementation of sustainable agriculture by developing tools and guidance.

One of these tools is the FSA. Through the FSA programme, SAI Platform strives to support farmers and companies in moving towards sustainable production of agricultural materials.

The FSA checklist has 112 questions covering social, environmental and economic topics. There are three implementation options:
  1. Benchmarking: a farm or farm management group complies with a benchmarked standard and they can claim a performance (Bronze, Silver or Gold) level accordingly
  2. Self-assessment and verification: the farm or farm management group conducts self-assessments and these are verified by troll
  3. Hybrid: combination between options 1 and 2.
To go through the FSA process, three steps can be distinguished:
  1. Engage: the farm management group should be aware of the FSA sustainability requirements
  2. Assess: the agricultural practices of the supply base are assessed
  3. Improve: the focus is on continuous improvement, working towards better agricultural practices.

FSA is a verification programme and third party verification is obligatory for companies and farms that want to publicly claim a certain FSA performance level of their farm supply base and/or number of farmers in the FSA programme. Third party verification consists of a farm management system verification and on site farm assessments.

Benefits of certification

FSA helps both companies and farmers to save time and resources.
For companies:
  • provides one single, industry-aligned, and widespread tool to meet sustainable sourcing targets
  • helps to reduce the burden of having to assess and verify multiple farm practices using different schemes and codes.
For farmers:
  • saves time & resources as using just one reference tool means not having to complete multiple assessments for multiple customers
  • helps improve their practices and increases opportunities to do business with companies interested in sourcing sustainably.

ISO 9001

ISO 9001 Quality Management System

Quality Management System The ISO 9000 standards give organizations an opportunity to increase value to their activities and to improve their performance continually, by focusing on their major processes.

The standards place great emphasis on making quality management systems closer to the processes of organizations and on continual improvement. As a result, they direct users to the achievement of business results, including the satisfaction of customers and other interested parties.

A few steps to ISO 9001 certification:

  1. Application/Enquiry Submits the application form to Inspeed Global (Application for Certification)
  2. Review of Application Inspeed Global reviews the application to check if the requisite services can be provided and accordingly prepares the quotation/ estimate and the contract (Certification audit contract).
  3. Audit planning Once the contract is signed, Inspeed makes the audit program and inform the client
  4. Assessment Initial certification includes two stages assessment. Recertification includes only one stage. The assessment is carried out by the team at the sites against the applicable criteria. The report is provided to client identifying the compliance level including any nonconformities.
  5. Verification of Non-conformities Client submits the implemented or proposed action based on the classification of non-conformity. Inspeed reviews the actions.
  6. Certification Decision Inspeed takes certification decision based on the report submitted by the audit team. If decision is in favor of grant of certification, a Certificate is Issued to the client (see sample certificate)
  7. Surveillance assessment Surveillance assessment are held as per the periodicity defined and agreed. First surveillance within 12 months from the date of the stage 2 audit. Certificate is maintained based on the outcome of the surveillance audit and compliance with the requirements.
  8. Recertification Before expiry of the certificate, recertification is planned and conducted

ISO 14001

ENVIRONMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

ISO 14001:2015 was published on 15th Sept, 2015. The standard sets out the criteria for an environmental management system. It maps out a framework that a company or organization can follow to set up an effective environmental management system. It can be used by any organization, large or small, regardless of its field of activity including manufacturing, services, institutions, health or any other sector.

Using ISO 14001:2015 can provide assurance to company management and employees as well as external stakeholders that environmental impact is being measured and improved.There are more than 300,000 certifications to ISO 14001 in 171 countries around the world.

Using ISO 14001 helps in Demonstrating compliance with current and future statutory and regulatory requirements, increased leadership involvement and engagement of employees, improvement in company reputation and the confidence of stakeholders, achieving strategic business aims by incorporating environmental issues into business management, providing a competitive and financial advantage through improved efficiencies and reduced costs, encouraging better environmental performance of suppliers by integrating them into the organization’s business systems.

ISO 45001

Occupational health and safety

ISO 45001 formulates requirements for comprehensive, modern occupational health and safety. Replacing the previously, widely-used OHSAS 18001 standard, ISO 45001:2018 has been in force since March 2018 and is the only international and independent standard for operational health and safety management systems. Our experts certify your occupational health and safety management system according to ISO 45001 and consider all aspects of occupational safety – both those related to operational processes as well as those arising from work-related stress that can trigger mental illness.

The benefits you get from the certification

  • Continuous improvements to protect the health and safety of your employees.
  • Prevention of unsafe behaviors that can lead to accidents at work.
  • Reduction of accidental downtimes in the supply chain and in supplier management.
  • Reliable management of risks and opportunities related to occupational health and safety.
  • Standardized health and safety requirements for managers, employees and service providers taking into account their respective working environments and conditions.
  • Similar structure to the international standards ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
  • Easy implementation in operational practice as part of an integrated management system.

ISO 22301

ISO 22301 (Business Continuity Management System)

ISO 22301 is an international framework that has been developed to help businesses identify potential threats to critical business functions and design a business continuity management plan. The standard helps companies build effective backup systems and processes to safeguard against theft, natural disasters, disease outbreaks, terrorist attacks and other extraordinary incidents. ISO 22301 specifies the requirements to plan, implement, monitor, review and improve a company’s business continuity management system, thereby minimising the impact of disruptions.

WHY IS ISO 22301 BUSINESS CONTINUITY CERTIFICATION IMPORTANT?

ISO 22301 certification provides formal business continuity guidelines that will keep your organisation operational during and following a disruption. It seeks to minimise the impact to critical business functions, ensuring they are still capable of being delivered or recovered promptly. The ISO 22301 standard is applicable for companies of all sizes across any industry, particularly those operating in high risk or complex environments where the ability to function without delay is of paramount importance. ISO 22301 business continuity certification also helps you avoid loss of revenue and customers should a major problem occur.

ISO 26000

ISO 26000 (Social Responsibility)

ISO 26000 is an international standard providing guidelines for social responsibility in business and other organizations. It aims to improve the conditions for workers, the natural environment and the health and welfare of society. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a vital part of business today. Organizations and stakeholders around the world are becoming increasingly aware of the need for and benefits of socially responsible behavior. By acting in a socially responsible way, a company gains recognition as a credible and equitable employer and business partner.

IG can support you in understanding the purpose of ISO 26000 and how you can improve the sustainable development of your company. Our experts provide ISO 26000 verification, gap assessment, training in social responsibility and translate the key principles of ISO 26000 into effective actions. Furthermore, we inform you of best practices relating to socially responsible behavior.

Benefits of ISO 26000 Services

  • Contribute to sustainable development, including the health and welfare of society.
  • Develop a consistent and thought-through social responsibility strategy tailored to your needs thanks to our professionally trained Certified Sustainability Assurance Practitioner (CSAP) and multi-disciplinary team.
  • Ensure compliance with applicable laws and international norms of behavior.
  • Gain verification of your social responsibility actions compliance.
Our services include:
  • ISO 26000 training to better understand the corporate social esponsibility guidelines.
  • Gap assessment, evaluating social responsibility principles, fundamental practices and core subjects.
  • Strategy development to attain conformance with ISO 26000 guidelines.
  • Verification of compliance, in the form of a detailed report rather than a certificate, as the ISO 26000 standard is non-certifiable.
With the support of our experts, you can be sure that your organization is on the right path to a more sustainable development.

ISO 27001

ISO 27001 Information security management

Implementing an information security management system will provide your organization with a system that will help to eliminate or minimize the risk of a security breach that could have legal or business continuity implications.

An effective ISO 27001 information security management system (ISMS) provides a management framework of polices and procedures that will keep your information secure, whatever the format. Following a series of high profile cases, it has proven to be very damaging to an organization if information gets into the wrong hands or into the public domain.
By establishing and maintaining a documented system of controls and management, risks can be identified and reduced.

Achieving ISO 27001 certification shows that a business has:
  • Protected information from getting into unauthorized hands
  • Ensured information is accurate and can only be modified by authorized users
  • Assessed the risks and mitigated the impact of a breach
  • Been independently assessed to an international standard based on industry best practices
ISO 27001 certification demonstrates that you have identified the risks, assessed the implications and put in place systemized controls to limit any damage to the organization. Benefits include:
  • Increased reliability and security of systems and information
  • Improved customer and business partner confidence
  • Increased business resilience
  • Alignment with customer requirements
  • Improved management processes and integration with corporate risk strategies
Achieving ISO 27001 is not a guarantee that information breaches will never occur, however by having a robust system in place, risks will be reduced and disruption and costs kept to a minimum.
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