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 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 or the standard owner.
- 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
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.).
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.