GMP+ International Certification Overview

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No TÜV SÜD Certification Mark

Certification:

Management system certification / Voluntary assessment

Basis for Certification (certification standard):

Standards GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance (http://www.gmpplus.org)

Standard owner:

GMP+ International B.V.

Certification mark:

No TÜV SÜD certification mark is issued. Certified organisations are authorised to use the GMP+ logo for the GMP+ Feed Safety Assurance Module according to the standard owner’s requirements.

 

What does the standard GMP+ cover?

The GMP+ standard defines the requirements for an organisation's feed safety management system. These requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • An effective management system
  • Application of HACCP (hazard analysis and critical control points) principles.
  • Elements such as traceability, monitoring, programme with basic requirements, chain approach and the early warning systems

  • What does “certification” according to GMP+ by TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH mean?
    • The customer has submitted to voluntary assessment (audit) according to defined criteria (certification standard).
    • A certificate is only issued if the assessment (audit) does not reveal any major nonconformities with the requirements of the certification standard.
    • The certificates are valid for a restricted period of time. Interested parties can check the validity of individual certificates in the certificate database of TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH or the standard owner (http://cdb.gmpplus.org/index.php?page=gmpplus&publang=4).
    • To maintain certificate validity, the certificate holder must annually complete an announced audit with a positive result.
    • Unannounced audits are possible in specific cases.
  • How do we audit?

    Independent and qualified experts (auditors) apply the following auditing techniques:

    • Document review
      The auditors verify that the organisation has documented all elements which need to be documented in writing according to the applicable GMP+ standards or scopes (e.g. organisation, scope of application, responsibility of top management, risk evaluation etc.).

    • On-site audit
      When on site at the organisation's premises, the auditors check whether the organisation has implemented the requirements of the GMP+ standards or scopes correctly. Assessment covers the food-safety management system, programme with basic requirements, crisis management and early warning system, HACCP study, control of operating activities, evaluation of regular checks and continuous improvement.
  • What is beyond the scope of certification according to GMP+?
    • Certification according to GMP+ does not constitute product certification. Certification thus does not provide any direct statements on the quality of a product or service of the certified customer.
    • Certification according to GMP+ does not ensure in each specific case that a product or service complies with customer requirements and product-related legal requirements, even though this is one of the key objectives of the feed safety management system.

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