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Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS) appoints new Certification Body

1 June 2017

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.

ENDS

Further information
Simon Williams, Technical Manager, 
AIC Services 01733 385245
simon.williams@agindustries.org.uk

Issued by:
Geoff Dodgson, 
Dodgson Consulting 07710 379561
geoff@dodgson.info

Notes for editors:
1. The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) has over 240 Members in the agri-supply trade and represents £8.0 billion turnover at farmgate. It represents a number of sectors within the agrisupply sector including: Animal Feed; Crop Protection and Agronomy; Fertilisers; Grain and Oilseeds; Seed.

AIC Services, an AIC subsidiary, operates a range of trade assurance schemes including: ESTA, FEMAS, FIAS, TASCC and UFAS. It has some 4,000 Participants in these schemes.

2. Acoura was formed to provide industry leading risk management, sustainability and brand protection services across the entire food and drink supply chain. Acoura works across the entire food and drink supply chain and supports primary producers, feed and food manufacturers, retailers and hospitality providers with a range of services tailored to meet their specific needs. These services include accredited and non-accredited audits and assessments, training, consultancy and technology solutions.

In 2016 Acoura became part of the Lloyd's Register group. Founded in 1760, Lloyd's Register (LR) is a leading global engineering, technical and business services organisation and one of the UK's foremost compliance and safety specialists for the food and drink industry. LR is wholly owned by a charitable foundation dedicated to research and education in science and engineering. As well as providing a range of complementary services such as training, Sedex, IFS and ISO audits, Lloyd's Register also have offices at 200 global locations and bring with them a wealth of food and drink expertise - further strengthening Acoura's offering.

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