AIC ‘earned recognition’ agreement set to achieve £2m savings
11 July 2014
The signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) and the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) will deliver industry savings of some £2 million as a result of ‘earned recognition’.
Recognition of the standards set by three AIC assurance schemes means that certified participants who conform to standards will have a significantly lower number of visits from enforcement authorities in the future. The eligible schemes are the Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS), the Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops (TASCC) and FEMAS.
“We have been in negotiation over four years with the FSA and VMD,” says John Kelley, Managing Director of AIC Services, “And have now been able to achieve a level of recognition for our assurance schemes in the feed and food supply chains that will reduce the frequency of inspections and the work associated with them. At the same time it will enable the authorities to concentrate their efforts on the companies that need it most.
“We have calculated the annual savings to the industry to be in the region of £2m, and we believe that Government will also make significant savings to their operational costs. A programme of surveillance and other actions has been put in place to ensure that the agreement works and stays relevant.
“We are one of the first bodies to achieve this Memorandum of Understanding. It has taken a lot of hard work, innovation and persistence by scheme participants, the certification body and AIC staff. I want to thank everyone for the work they have done in getting us to this point.”
John Kelley, AIC
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Notes for editors
- FEMAS (Feed Materials Assurance Scheme) covers the sourcing and production of feed ingredients, either by certifying complete supply chains or by the “gatekeeper” Intermediate Supplier Standard.
- TASCC (Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops) deals with what happens to grains and pulses when they leave the farm to the end user.
- UFAS (Universal Feed Assurance Scheme) deals with the production and delivery of compounds feeds and the supply of feeds to the farm.
The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) is the leading trade association in the agrisupply industry. Formed in October 2003 between the merger of three existing trade associations the AIC has over 300 Members in the agrisupply trade and represents £6.5 billion turnover at farmgate.
The trade association represents a number of sectors within the agrisupply sector including: Animal Feed; Crop Protection and Agronomy; Fertilisers; Grain and Oilseeds; Seed.
AIC Works on behalf of its Members by: Lobbying policy makers and stakeholders; Delivering Information; Providing Trade Assurance; Offering Technical Support.