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Prior to their APIQalt® Certification expiry date, a producer's site/s (or selection of sites) will have an annual APIQalt® Compliance Audit to have their APIQalt® Certification approved for renewal.

                     Contact APIQM, Phone 1800 789 099, Email - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

                     Contact AUS-MEAT Ltd, Phone 1800 630 890

Steps to maintain APIQalt® Certification

Step1: Complete an internal audit approximately six (6) months but no later than eight (8) months after your last APIQalt® 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.

Step 2: APIQ Management will notify you at 12 weeks prior to expiry of your APIQalt® Certification that your APIQalt® Compliance Audit is due.

  • An APIQalt® Compliance Audit can be conducted no earlier than three (3) months prior to the current APIQalt® Certification expiry date

Step 3: 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 AUS-MEAT Ltd, who will refer your 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.

                     Click here for the APIQalt® Compliance Audit Fees and Charges

Step 4:  You, or your representative/s, are to participate in the APIQalt® Compliance Audit process by attending the opening meeting, desk audit, site audit and closing meeting with the AUS-MEAT Ltd auditor.

Step 5: 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 items for action.  You work with your auditor to close out CAR(s) within 60 days from the date of your audit.

Step 6: AUS-MEAT will notify APIQM that an audit has been conducted and the status of your audit.

  • APIQM maintains the APIQalt® 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 APIQalt® Standards and Performance Indicators.
  • If the auditor does not recommend Certification and/or APIQM determines that you are not meeting the APIQalt® 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 APIQalt® Certificate(s) is available via the PigPass portal, or through APIQM if you require assistance.