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2019 APIQ_® Major Review – Update & What’s next.

The initial stakeholder consultation component of the 2019 APIQ_® Major Review has now been completed by Prime Consulting International.

After the Major Review reference group meeting on the 22nd of January there were nine stakeholder meetings between 30 January and 19 February in VIC, NSW, WA, QLD and SA with a teleconference for Tasmanian stakeholders.

During the stakeholder communication meetings participants discussed four key discussion points which had been identified by the reference group. Further, there was a significant amount of time devoted to items from the floor.

The key discussion points were:

  • Biosecurity – Are the APIQ_® standards for biosecurity strong enough?
  • Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) – Should/could APIQ_® be utilised to improve Australia’s reputation around the responsible use of antibiotics?
  • Performance based auditing – Should APIQ_® consider a system that rewards high performing producers?
  • Engagement with smaller producers – How could APIQ_® attract smaller producers?

Prime Consulting will compile the feedback received through the stakeholder communications meetings, along with their own findings on other aspects of the major review.

The draft recommendations will be forwarded to APIQ Management in May 2020.

APIQ Management in conjunction with the APL Executive Team, the APIQ Panel and by the QA and Animal Welfare Committee will review the recommendations and decide whether they should be adopted by the APIQ_® Program, and/or if further stakeholder consultation is required.

APIQ Management would like to thank everyone who gave their time and effort to provide feedback to the 2019 APIQ_® Major Review. Your commitment to the program will help us to ensure that APIQ_® continues to deliver what our industry needs, when our industry needs it.

APIQ Management

APIQ✓® Auditing & COVID-19

APIQ✓® Management (APIQM) would like to inform all APIQ✓® certified Producers that all APIQ✓® Audits are currently on hold. APIQ✓® Certified producers whose certification expires at the end of April 2020 have received an extension until 31 May 2020.

APIQM are currently exploring remote auditing options as a way of providing better business continuity rather than postponing more audits.

Rest assured that your APIQ✓® Certification status will be unaffected whilst we work through the current issues.

Please stay tuned for more information and if you have any questions or concerns please call Steven Miller, APIQ✓® Operations Manager on 0439 261 168 or alternately send him an email at steven.miller@australianpork.com.au

Date, time and venue information for the APIQ_® Major Review Stakeholder Meetings.

Please note: APIQ Management are also hosting recruitment activities as well as ASF workshops in Northern NSW, the Major Review will only be on the Agenda at the Casino event, not Kempsey.

APIQ_® Program Major Review, 2019

The APIQ_® Program will undergo a Major Review in 2019. The Review will address all aspects of the APIQ_® Program, from the APIQ_® Standards themselves through to verification options, manuals, publications, the website and everything in between, as well as benchmarking the APIQ_® Program against other leading livestock QA programs from Australia and around the world. Keep an eye out in the APL publications and your inbox for your invitation to take part in one of the many working groups which will be held in key locations around Australia. If you cannot make it to one of the meetings, send your feedback to us at APIQ@australianpork.com.au and we will ensure that your feedback is heard.

The Major Review will be managed by an independent consultant. Feedback and recommendations will be forwarded to the APIQ Panel and the APL Quality Assurance and Animal Welfare (QAAW) Committee. Any revisions or amendments that change the intent of the APIQ_® Program Policies and/or Standards must be approved by the QAAW Committee and endorsed by the APL Board.

We will ensure that you are kept abreast of the Major Review discussion topics via regular updates throughout the Major Review process. If you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact APIQM on 1800 789 099 or via email apiq@australianpork.com.au

Steven Miller

APIQ Operations Manager

 

African Swine Fever (ASF)

With ASF spreading through China and most recently confirmed in East Timor, APIQ_® urges ALL producers to take extra precautions with their herd’s biosecurity. Click on the link below to view the ASF Fact Sheet.

How can you protect your farm from the introduction of an exotic disease?

  1. Strengthen your farms biosecurity measures – Whether you are APIQ_® Certified or not you can protect your farm and help keep Australia ASF free by implementing and maintaining good biosecurity practices. The National Farm Biosecurity Manual for Pork Production (link below) contains information and specific procedures for pig farmers to follow to help reduce the risk of disease entering their property. There’s also this helpful video to assist you.
  2. Do not swill feed pigs, it’s illegal! – It’s also considered one of the most likely ways that an Exotic Animal Disease may be introduced in Australia, please take a moment to read the swill feeding fact sheet below and make sure your feed practices are safe.
  3. Report anything suspicious – to the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.

Additional/detailed Information and resources can be found here on the Australian Pork Limited website.

APIQ_® Standards Manual

Version 4.5 5/2019 – Effective 1 July 2019

The APL Board has revised the APIQ_® Standards in light of recent and ongoing biosecurity threats.

Please refer to the APIQ_® Standards Amendment Table for Version 4.5 5/2019 which highlights the changes.

In addition, APIQ Certification Policies Seven (CP7) and (CP9) have been reworded and strengthened to provide greater authority when handling matters of non-compliance to the APIQ_® Standards and/or in relation to breaches of Australian Law.  The revised Certification Policies will take effect from 1 July 2019.

We urge you to familiarise yourself with both documents and if you have any questions, please contact APIQ Management.

Toll Free 1800 789 099

apiq@australianpork.com.au