July 22, 2019
Renewed agreement broadens scope for both FAMI-QS and QS
Following the Mutual Recognition acceptance of each other's certificates signed on June 18, 2018, a renewal agreement of Mutual Recognition will apply as from July 19, 2019, FAMI-QS said in a press statement. The renewal agreement will now cover the full scope of both schemes at International Level.
Ingredients produced with one of the FAMI-QS processes will now be covered under this agreement. Those ingredients could be classified in Europe as feed additives or feed materials. Ingredients that cover basic animal nutrition needs are excluded.
The agreement also covers the following mixtures: premixtures, complementary feed and dietetic feed. Complete feedingstuffs, for e.g., mixtures of feedingstuffs which, by reason of their composition, are sufficient for a daily ration (Article 2(c) of Council Directive 1999/29/EC of 22 April 1999 on undesirable substances and products in animal nutrition) are not covered within the scope of the agreement.
The mutual recognition between FAMI-QS and Q+S results in significant advantages for feed companies that are certified against one of the two standards.
For example, FAMI-QS feed business operators will now be exempted from the implementation of the requirements of FAMI-QS Code Version 6.0 to "7.11 Transport" when they use QS certified transport. FAMI-QS does not certify transport; however, it defines the requirements that FAMI-QS certified feed business operators shall impose on transport companies. On the other hand QS has a dedicated standard for transportation, as well as significant experience in safety issues related to the transport of feed.
Under the new agreement FAMI-QS certified companies shall be registered directly in the Q+S Database.