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Key – Those standards which have greater significance (all other standards are normal)

Recommendation – Those which do not affect certification

New – A completely new standard which the member must now adhere to

Revised – A standard that has changed and requires the member to take some different or additional action to before

Upgraded – The standard has been upgraded to a Key standard or from a Recommendation to a full standard

Appendix – Referenced in ‘How you will be measured’. Indicates that additional information is provided in the Appendices, which are available at the end of each section.

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Quality Management System



The participant must establish, document, implement and maintain a Quality Management System (QMS). The QMS must be adapted to incorporate relevant regulatory and other safety related developments, as they occur.



The structure of the QMS must include policies, requirements and documented procedures that maintain feed ingredient safety. This includes demonstrating compliance with relevant legislation and meeting requirements of customers.



The QMS must ensure that all those activities that could impact on the safety of the feed ingredients produced / processed are consistently defined, implemented and maintained in the organisation.



The QMS must ensure that feed safety objectives are established and maintained.



The participant must review at least annually, the continuing suitability and
effectiveness of feed safety and quality management systems. This review must
include assessing opportunities for improvement and the need for changes to the
safety and quality management systems. Management reviews must be recorded.