We are happy that we have come to an agreement with QS (Qualität und Sicherheit) on the topic of unannounced audits.
In general, we see a tendency towards more demands for unannounced audits. In most Food schemes (FSSC22000, IFS, BRC) it is already common practice for almost all scopes. Also in Feed Schemes (OVOCOM, QS, FAMI-QS, EFISC), unannounced audits for producers are already mandatory. The pressure for this from both national governments/authorities and the retail is becoming more and more tangible. Unannounced audits are already ‘business as usual’ in our world of schemes and certification.
As GMP+ International, we value the mutual recognition with QS. It is very important for a lot of our customers. A lot of stakeholders and involved companies urge us to come to an understanding with QS. Therefore we will implement unannounced audits as follows:
Together with QS we will align a smooth implementation. Therefore we will have a meeting with QS in January 2019.