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AIC launches new Assurance Alert System

26 January 2012

AIC has launched a new email service for participants in its assurance schemes: UFAS, TASCC, FIAS and FEMAS. The new alert service will inform them of any changes to the scheme registers. The system was developed in response to requests from certified businesses who wanted to be kept up-to-date with the status of their suppliers and contractors who are registered with AIC schemes.

Unlike systems run by other schemes, only critical changes (such as suspensions, withdrawals or re-instatements) will be notified. This will ensure that recipientsí inboxes are not filled with routine changes such as renewals and initial certifications.
The launch of the alert system is seen as a major step forward in helping companies to manage their supply base. It is designed to help in the management of feed and food safety, and also in the reduction of possible feed incidents.
The system is operated in conjunction with the scheme certification bodies, PAI and SAI Global, and has been extensively testing over the past months. A phased roll-out programme is planned over the coming weeks.
ï UFAS contacts on the AIC Database started to receive alerts during the week commencing 23rd January
ï TASCC Contacts will receive the alerts from 6th February
ï FIAS and FEMAS Contacts will receive the alerts from 20th February
This service is provided free of charge to all AIC participants and will assist the industry in monitoring the compliance of its suppliers.
Any AIC participants who are not receiving the alerts should contact or and provide an up-to-date email address. Anyone wishing to opt out of receiving the emails should also contact AIC to allow the database to be updated.
Non-AIC scheme participants with an interest in the agri-supply industry can apply to receive the alerts for an annual fee of £95 + VAT.

Further information
Simon Williams, AIC 01733 385245
Issued by
Peter Crowe, Ware Anthony Rust 01223 884600 m: 07967 504034

Notes for editors
The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) is the leading trade association in the agri-supply industry. Formed in October 2003 following the merger of three existing trade associations, AIC has over 300 Members in the agri-supply trade and represents £6.5 billion turnover at farm-gate.
AIC represents a number of sectors within the agri-supply sector including: Animal Feed; Crop Protection and Agronomy; Fertilisers; Grain and Oilseeds; Seed.
It works on behalf of its members by: Lobbying policy makers and stakeholders; Delivering Information; Providing Trade Assurance; Offering Technical Support.


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