FAMIqs is a preeminent quality and feed safety management system for the sector of specialty feed ingredients. The FAMI-QS Code addresses safety, quality and regulatory compliance in order to minimize hazards and ensure the placing on the market of safe and legal Specialty Feed Ingredients. FAMIqs is operating under IAF MLA.
FAMIqs and FIAAA have signed a strategic agreement of cooperation for the adoption of the FAMIqs Code in the region of Australia-New Zealand.
International Trade takes place in a complex legal business environment. As far as the Specialty Feed Ingredients sector is concerned, third party certifications, and FAMIqs in particular has become an important tool in supporting market access and regulatory compliance at a global level.
With regards to the agreement, the current FAMIqs Certification documents and accreditation will apply. FIAAA members may apply to FIAAA for what would be known as FAMIqs/FIAAA Certification. This will entail an audit against the current version of the FAMIqs Code and the relevant process document(s) applicable to the operation of the members. The application shall be done according to the current version of FAMIqs Rules for Operators.
FIAAA will chair the FAMIqs Local Working Group for the region of Australia-New Zealand and will be the authorised training provider for the region of Australia-New Zealand.
The Feed Industry Benefits from FAMIqs
Certification meets one of the key criteria for exclusion of ‘END’ products from the requirement to be registered.
The PFIAA Ingredient Purchasing Guidelines recommend adoption of industry codes such as FAMIqs.
The SFMCA automatically accepts FAMIqs accredited suppliers as having completed the APVMA’s requirements on suppliers for self-assessment.
FAMIqs similarly addresses safety and quality to minimize risks when placing feed ingredients and additives in the market.
FAMIqs is designed for international validity. Certification to FAMIqs will be a trade enabler for FIAAA members.
Implementing FAMIqs in Australia / New Zealand
It is a pre-requisite to be a member of FIAAA before being certified.
Applications for FIAAA Membership can be found here.
The following steps should be followed to obtain FAMIqs accreditation:
Become a Member of FIAAA - Click here
Start developing your FAMIqs quality manual, ensuring all standards of the current version are being addressed.
Start implementing the procedures within the business
Register with FAMIqs. This requires completing the FAMIqs registration form - found here.
Advice on how to complete the form can be found in the Members’ Section of this website.
Seek quotes from certifying bodies (CB) to undertake audits. A list of approved CBs can be found here. Please note each CB has their own information form that needs to be completed.
Select a CB you will work with. Remember, the CB will be your auditing body for the future. Permission needs to be granted by FAMIqs head office to change your CBs.
Finalise the drafting and implementation of your quality manual
Undertake an Internal Audit of your systems
Program your Stage 1 audit with your CB. Address any matters identified in your Stage 1 audit
Program your Stage 2 audit. Address any non-conformances identified in the audit
Receive your FAMIqs certificate
Provide a copy of your certificate to FIAAA.
N.B.: There are other certifying bodies that are accredited by FAMIqs, but they do not have offices/qualified auditors in Australia or New Zealand. They will be added to this list if circumstances change.
There are Australian-based certifying bodies that have previously been used by Members for FIAAA CoP audits however they do not have FAMIqs accreditation and therefore cannot be used for FAMIqs audits.
FIAAA continues to work with CBs to ensure ample auditors are available.
The following Certifying Bodies have provided their contact details as being able to provide auditing services to FIAAA members for their FAMIqs audits. This information is correct as at 7 July 2021. The information will be updated as new information is provided.
Business Development Manager
W: +61 (0)2 9900 9555
M: +61 (0)409 460 674
Compliance Manager Australia/New Zealand
W: +61 (0)3 8804 4940
Lloyd’s Register QA
Sales Manager, Business Assurance - Australasia
W: +61 (0)401 081 727