Steps to maintaining APIQ_® Certification
Complete an internal audit approximately six (6) months but no later than eight (8) months after your last APIQ_® Compliance Audit.
Close any CARs identified in the internal audit; and review and revise on-farm manuals and records to ensure their systems remain current and are compliant to the current APIQ Standards.
APIQ Management will notify you at 12 weeks prior to expiry of your APIQ_® Certification that your APIQ_® Compliance Audit is due.
An APIQ_® Compliance Audit can be conducted no earlier than three (3) months prior to the current APIQ_® Certification expiry date.
Within the following 4 weeks you will be contacted by an auditor assigned to you by AUS-MEAT Ltd (contracted by APL to conduct all APIQ Audits from 1 January 2018) to schedule your audit(s) before your certification expires.
- As AUS-MEAT Ltd is arranging scheduling, any required extensions will be discussed with your assigned auditor or AUS-MEAT Ltd and APIQM advised. APIQM will update your Certification status to extended and provide notification of your extended expiry date. For non-scheduling related extensions, you must provide a written request to APIQM who will consider your request for an exception or extension and advise both you and AUS-MEAT of the decision.
- Audit costs have been set in a Service Agreement agreed to by the APL Board and AUS-MEAT Ltd.
- Refer to the “Certification Process” Tab of this website and select the option for APIQ_® Audit Fees and Charges.
You, or your representative/s, are to participate in the APIQ_® Compliance Audit process by attending the opening meeting, desk audit, site audit and closing meeting with the AUS-MEAT Ltd auditor.
The auditor records audit findings and creates a compliance audit report for your site.
AUS-MEAT Ltd will provide you with a copy of this report and, where there are CAR(s) identified they will also provide you with a corrective action report specifying the required action items. The timeframe given by your auditor to allow you to close out any corrective actions will vary, but it can be for up to 60 days from the date of your audit.
AUS-MEAT will notify APIQM that an audit has been conducted and the status of your audit.
- APIQM maintains the APIQ_® Certification record for your site.
- If your site has CAR(s) still to be closed out, APIQM will determine whether it can issue Conditional Certification.
- Current status is provided as soon as you have met all APIQ_® Standards and Performance Indicators.
- If the auditor does not recommend Certification and/or APIQM determines that you are not meeting the APIQ_® Standards and Performance Indicators and/or are not agreeing to and signing CAR(s), then Certification is declined. Producers can contest this decision under Certification Policy 15: Appeals / Dispute Resolution Process.
- Throughout to audit period, APIQM will notify you of your Certification status (Current, Conditional, Extended, Suspended, Cancelled).
- Your APIQ_® Certificate(s) is available via the PigPass portal, or through APIQM if you require assistance.
If you have any questions about the process give us a call.
Phone: 1800 789 099