Legally, according to the « Self-inspection » Royal Decree of 14 November 2003, all operators in the food chain must possess a reliable self-inspection system for maintaining food safety. While validation is not obligatory, it provides financial advantages such as reduced taxes (main Bonus) and prevents the application of the Malus (increased taxes without a validated SIS). Additionally, operators possessing a validated SIS (less ‘at risk’ in the eyes of the FASFC) will receive fewer official inspections and, consequently, pay less for each visit.
In the B to C sector, SIS validation by means of a ‘smiley’ constitutes a good PR move as regards the consumer.
Quality Partner, via its Inspection & Certification department, has structured itself and developed the tools to be the active and recognised partner for the validation of Self-Inspection Systems (SIS) as recommended by the FASFC.
It provides this service at all levels of the food production chain:
From primary production:
Whatever the level, SIS validation audits can be combined, to reduce overall costs, with the evaluation of any other standard (Supermarket distribution specifications, BRC, IFS, ISO 22000, Fedis Food SMEs, etc.) for which operators may be required to demonstrate compliance.
In a further effort to reduce costs, Quality Partner also develops, when possible, special partnerships with adapted rates for sectorial associations which want to support the individual approaches of their members.