Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS) appoints new certification body

The Agricultural Industries Confederation has appointed Acoura, part of the Lloyd’s Register group, to certify and audit UFAS from 1 September 2017.
The appointment is the result of a lengthy tender process, involving a number of certification bodies, run by AIC in conjunction with the UFAS Review Group.
John Kelley: managing director of AIC Services said: “The focus of UFAS is feed safety, and making the compliance process user friendly and intuitive is a key part of this. We believe Acoura will bring a new set of skills to help develop UFAS further for the benefit of participants and stakeholders alike.”
One area highlighted for further development is the launch of web-based portals which allow participants to view their current UFAS documentation and upload documents as required. This will allow a more forensic approach to auditing and be more effective for all parties. AIC fully appreciates that IT is developing at a pace and its schemes need to harness innovation.
Tim Bailey, managing director of Acoura commented: “We’re delighted to have been chosen by AIC as preferred bidder for the UFAS contract and are looking forward to working with AIC Services. It is our hope that Acoura’s longstanding track record of providing innovative and customer-focussed services will bring noticeable benefits to both AIC and UFAS scheme participants.”
For the past four years, UFAS certification has been undertaken by KIWA.
“We are grateful for all that KIWA has achieved with UFAS and we will continue to work with them as the certification body for our other assurance schemes – FEMAS, FIAS and TASCC,” said Mr Kelley.
KIWA is committed to ensure a smooth transition between the certification bodies. All UFAS participants will be contacted on an individual basis.

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