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Third Party Auditing For APIQ Approved

After careful consideration, the APL Board has approved Third Party Auditing (TPA) for APIQtick13x14® effective 1 January 2018 with AUS-MEAT Ltd contracted as the TPA provider.

The APL Board considers that this change is necessary to ensure that APIQ systems are robust, credible and sustainable into the future. 

Over the past 18 months a detailed review of industry audits and options to provide future compliance audit services for APIQtick13x14® was completed by APIQ Management (APIQM) in consultation with producers, delegates, the APIQ Panel (Panel), the APL Quality Assurance and Animal Welfare Committee and APL Board and associated stakeholders.  The review included analysis of existing audit services and their sustainability, review of audit costs, and benchmarking against other quality assurance programs.  Expressions of interest (EOIs) from suitably qualified organisations were called for and each EOI was reviewed in detail.  AUS-MEAT Ltd was the preferred provider to provide auditing services for APIQ as recommended by a Third Party Auditing review committee.  Auditor training and trials were conducted by AUS-MEAT to assess TPA potential.

  • At the close of 2016, APIQ Management put together information to answer a few key questions that producers might have about this process. Responses to Frequently Asked Questions are available for viewing by clicking here.

 These trial audits were voluntary and APL sincerely thanks those producers who participated.  The trials found that:

  • AUS-MEAT Ltd auditors have the necessary audit skills and experience to conduct APIQtick13x14® audits;
  • TPA is aligned with industry requirements for a robust and credible Quality Assurance program with on-farm compliance verified through an independent audit system;
  • future auditors can be provided through a TPA system making auditing sustainable;
  • audit costs can be managed through TPA, and that;
  • over time and with increased familiarity with the APIQtick13x14® Standards and Policies, audit consistency will increase under TPA.

Between now and 31 December 2017 producers (with an audit due) can have either their existing auditor, or an AUS-MEAT Ltd auditor, conduct their compliance audit.  Contact details for both are on the APIQtick13x14® Auditor pages of this website.  Existing auditors will have access to the system to close any corrective actions through to 28 February 2018.  However, only audits conducted by an AUS-MEAT Ltd auditor will be accepted after 1 January 2018.    

So, How Will The New Process Work and Who is Responsible for What?

As of 1 January 2018, AUS-MEAT Ltd:

  • will contact each producer when their audit is due 
  • will decide which sites are to be audited each year under a joint certification
  • will assign an auditor who will contact the producer to schedule the compliance audit - the auditor will: conduct the audit; manage the close-out of any corrective actions; inform APIQM when all APIQ Standards are met; and, will do so in the timeframes set out in the APIQtick13x14® Administrative Policies
  • will invoice the producer directly for their audit services 

-      Audit costs have been set in a Service Agreement agreed to by the APL Board and AUS-MEAT Ltd. 

                                   The cost schedule can be found by clicking here

The responsibilities for all producers, remain the same: 

  • multi-site organisations must contact APIQM to ensure that the sites assigned to their organisation, within their Joint Certificate are current
  • work with the auditor to ensure that the audit is scheduled prior to expiry and at a time that suits both parties - note that the AUS-MEAT Ltd auditor aims to group audits in a given region to gain efficiencies in travel costs for you as a producer
  • be prepared and ready for the compliance audit, which will assist to minimise audit costs - for example, conducting a detailed internal audit will assist your preparedness 
  • pay AUS-MEAT Ltd on receipt of their invoice for audit services. 

APIQM will continue to approve certifications and provide confirmation of certification via email.

  • Producers will continue to download their APIQtick13x14® Certificate(s) from the PigPass portal once certification is approved.   
  • Please contact the APIQM Team if you need any assistance or have any questions, on 1800 789 099 or by emailing to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  .

Business as Usual:

  • APIQM remains the first contact for: producers whose sites change ownership; any questions associated with the APIQtick13x14®® Standards or Policies; and, assistance to implement APIQtick13x14® on-farm. 
  • APIQtick13x14® remains industry owned and continues to be managed and administered by APIQM on industry behalf. 
  • The Panel will continue to review standards and policies, participate in incident investigations and issues and oversee Critical CARs.
  • Producers will continue to participate in working groups and reviews of standards, policies and practices as owner of the APIQtick13x14® Program.

As the industry transitions through this significant change to the audit process, we thank the existing APIQü® auditor team for their years of dedicated service.  They have helped APIQ become a valued and recognised QA program and industry has benefited significantly from their audit work over many years.

APIQ Management thank the pork industry for their assistance and patience through this time of change.