FAMI-QS is a preeminent Quality and Feed Safety Management System for the sector of 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.

The FAMI-QS Code addresses safety, quality and regulatory compliance in order to minimize hazards and ensure the placing on the market of safe and legal Specialty Feed Ingredients. FAMI-QS is operating under IAF MLA.

The FAMI-QS code is designed for international validity; thus, participants in FAMI-QS can be found all over the world. Furthermore, we have a worldwide network of certification bodies which allows the implementation of FAMI-QS in any part of the globe.

 

10 STEPS TOWARDS FAMI-QS

STEP 1

Download a free copy of the FAMI-QS Code and the Rules of Operators. Please read the documents carefully.

STEP 2

Evaluate your readiness and perform an internal audit.

STEP 3

Identify your product(s) and fill in all the sections of the application form available on our website (http://www.fami-qs.org/apply-6.html) in order to register for FAMI-QS Certification.

STEP 4

FAMI-QS will evaluate the application and will return an email stating if the application can be accepted or not.

Once it has been approved, FAMI-QS will issue an invoice for membership fee. The membership fee is paid on a yearly basis. Once it is paid, a letter of acceptance (Approval Letter) is sent to you. A payment receipt is sent by email, upon request. The approval letter needs to be provided to the auditor.

STEP 5

Select a Certification Body (CB) from our website list (http://www.fami-qs.org/certificationbodies) and contact them for the audit. The approval letter will be required for your communication with the CB.

STEP 6

The CB provides the initial audit as follows:

Stage 1- evaluation of the Feed Safety Management System (FSMS), documentation, scope and preparedness;

Stage 2 - verification of the implementation of the FSMS.

STEP 7

Outcomes of the audit. Possible action plan for the non-conformities. Assessment of the action plan and its implementation by the Certification Body.

The CB submits the audit documentation to FAMI-QS.

STEP 8

Revision of the audit documentation and its findings by the Certification Body, followed by the certification decision.

The CB delivers the certificate to your company.

STEP 9

FAMI-QS reviews the audit documentation and membership payment and gives its validation for registration.

After verification of the audit documentation, your company will be registered and listed on the FAMI-QS website (http://www.fami-qs.org/certifiedcompanies) as a certified Operator.

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.

 

If there are no changes in the scope, company name or address, there is no need to request a new approval letter. The previous one remains valid.

 

>> For more information about the development of the FAMI-QS scheme, please click here.

>> For more information about the transition requirements to the FAMI-QS Code version 6, please check: Transition Requirements ENGLISH or Transition Requirements CHINESE.