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#STANDARDQUESTIONS – INSIGHTS INTO THE WORLD OF STANDARDS

Earlier this year we had the pleasure of welcoming Christine Flöter to the DQS family. In her new role, Christine manages all DQS services related to the IFS and BRCGS standards. With more than 20 years of experience in the area of food safety standards, she has a wealth of expertise. We took the opportunity to ask her some questions about the future of food safety standards and the current state of the industry – #Standardquestions.

Christine, could you please introduce yourself?

My name is Christine Flöter, I am an employee at DQS CFS and responsible for the IFS and BRCGS series of standards. For all IFS and BRCGS audits performed by the DQS Group, I monitor the compliance with requirements of standard owners and accreditations bodies. In addition, I also continue to perform IFS and BRCGS audits myself.

The last standard revisions brought quite a few changes in the requirements – which ones where particulary important and why?

The standards I am responsible for at DQS include requirements that are driven by the GFSI framework. The GFSI requirements do not only affect the IFS and BRCGS standards, but must be integrated into GFSI benchmarked standards. The two main changes that have followed from the recent developments at GFSI level are the topics Food Fraud and Food Safety Culture – these two topics pose new challenges to certified sites.

As far as food fraud is concerned, what have been your learnings from recent audits?

The topic of food fraud is still relatively new, which means that both the industry and the auditors will have to engage more with the subject. Food fraud cases like the horse meat scandal or the olive oil scam have been a wake up call for the industry. To prevent incidents like these, companies need to take measures to mitigate fraud risks for all raw materials they procure, including the packaging materials. This remains a challenge for many certified sites: many companies are still figuring out how to do this as systematically as possible, without spending too much on unnecessary analyses. On the other hand, scheme owners and auditors are also continuously developing their approach. We therefore actively engage with scheme owners, auditors and the industry to improve audit protocols and ensure consistency.

As an experienced auditor, where do you see the biggest potential for improvement in the implementation of food safety standards?

A problem we continue to observe regularly relates to the procurement of raw materials. Certified sites must make sure that the raw materials they procure meet the requirements of the relevant specifications and standards. This means, among other things, that the supplier must meet HACCP criteria, and it is the responsibility of procurement to ensure that this is the case. Does the site have appropriate systems to ensure the hygiene and safety of raw materials? This is what needs to be verified. In reality, however, we still see procurement departments that are focused on price, reliability, compliant management, and availability. Although these aspects are no doubt important, they should never take priority over food safety.

Plastics in our oceans, greenhouse gas emissions, declining biodiversity – both the packaging industry as well as the food industry play a pivotal role in the transition towards a more sustainable way of life. What role can standards play in managing these environmental impacts?

As far as the GFSI benchmarked standards are concerned, we see that they are still very much focused on food safety. Food safety and sustainability are often seen as two separate topics – the standards currently available reflect this view.

Would you want the IFS and BRCGS Standards to focus more on sustainability?

That is a tough question. Auditors always need to go through an extensive program of training and qualification, for which they need very specific competences and experience. Auditors who are experts on food safety have a very specific and invaluable skillset. When we integrate aspects of sustainability into food safety standards, we risk creating a mismatch with the expertise of the auditors. Should aspects of sustainability become integrated into food safety standards, we will definitely need to revise the qualification process of the auditors, to ensure that the necessary competence is available.

What other developments would you like to see in the years to come?

Continuing to develop the standards is essential. There is the issue that standards are very much focused on documents and records. This not only poses challenges to certified sites, it also takes up a lot of time during the audit – time that might be better spent elsewhere. Perhaps we can find common ground and get back to the roots: focusing on processes.

Do you have a question for Christine Flöter?

Send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ask us on Twitter with the Hashtag #standardquestions.

Source: DQS CFS website (https://dqs-cfs.com/2019/09/standardquestions-insights-into-the-world-of-standards/).

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HUMAN RIGHTS DUE DILIGENCE – NAP-MONITORING INVESTIGATES STATUS QUO IN GERMAN LARGE-SCALE ENTERPRISES

In the National Action Plan (NAP) on Business and Human Rights, the German federal government requests organizations to integrate human rights due diligence into their business processes. The action plan affects approx. 7.100 German companies. At the moment, a monitoring is conducted to determine the status quo. In this article, we will explain what this monitoring is all about and why it is so important.

By order of the Federal Foreign Office, the accountancy firm EY is currently monitoring the status of human rights due diligence in German large-scale enterprises. The goal of the monitoring is to determine if at least 50 percent of German-based organisations with more than 500 employees will have integrated the core elements of the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights in their business processes until 2020.

If this is not the case, the Federal Government will have to consider further steps including legal actions, making human rights due diligence a legal requirement. A summary of what such legislation could look like is available here.

The so-called NAP-Monitoring is divided into three collection stages, the second of which will begin shortly. A random sample of 1800 companies will receive a questionnaire in the coming weeks. In the second as well as in the third round of consultation quantitative data will be collected. The findings build on the results of a qualitative analysis that was already conducted. The interim report is available here.

DQS CFS GmbH – German Association for Sustainability

All DQS CFS offices have one common goal:
To contribute with value-adding assessments to the sustainable success of our clients. Within the group DQS CFS GmbH covers all certification and audit services surrounding the topics sustainability and consumer safety.

Contact us if you have any questions or register for our newsletter to receive regular updates on certification and standards.

Source: DQS CFS website (https://dqs-cfs.com/2019/09/human-rights-due-diligence-nap-monitoring-investigates-status-quo-in-german-large-scale-enterprises/).

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PLANT-BASED PRODUCTS – NEW BRCGS STANDARD UNDER DEVELOPMENT

When the Beyond Meat Burger was launched in Germany, the product was sold out within minutes. This is yet another indication that consumers are increasingly ready to consider plant-based alternatives. The shift in consumer purchasing behaviour is a challenge for companies in terms of standardization, as plant-based products are relatively novel. A new BRCGS Standard shall help companies meet the consumer demands while also protecting brand reputation and mitigating risk. In the following, we will provide all the important information regarding the Plant-Based Certification Program (PBCP).

Certainty for industry and consumers alike – this is what the first issue of the Plant-Based Certification Program (PBCP) promises. A draft version is currently under consultation. The PBCP Global Standard is based on a comprehensive management system approach and provides a framework for manufacturers to assist them in the production of plant-based food. It also includes operational criteria to ensure that plants-based products are free of any materials of animal origin.

The benefits

The long-term aim of the PBCP Global Standard is to promote a systems approach to prevent failures that could harm brand reputation. Correctly applied, a site’s management system will provide a very strong level of protection from failure, and if failure does occur, it will enable the rapid identification and management of risks and deviations. The PBCP certification is an advantage for the reputation as it allows brands and products to differentiate themselves.

The PBCP Global Standard label, which can be printed onto the product packaging will empower consumers to make informed choices quickly and easily.

Timetable

The draft standard is currently under revision. You can download the draft version here.

Further information

DQS CFS is your partner for certification. With smooth audit planning, experienced auditors and in-depth audit reports, we will accompany you throughout the entire certification process.

Register for our newsletter to receive all updates regarding the BRCGS Plant-Based Certification Program Issue 1.

Source: DQS CFS website (https://dqs-cfs.com/2019/09/plant-based-products-new-brcgs-standard-under-development/). For more information, please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SUSTAINABLE FINANCE: CLIMATE BONDS STANDARD VERSION 3.0 IS COMING

A new version of the Climate Bonds Standard will be launched in September 2019. The release of issue 3.0 is part of an ongoing development programme to support the use of climate bonds as an instrument in the transition to a more climate-friendly economy. In this article, we will explain which requirements will be subject to change and what the intentions behind the revision are.

The Climate Bonds Initiative is an investor-focused not-for-profit, promoting large-scale investment in a low-carbon economy. The certification scheme, which is aligned with the Paris Agreement, provides assurance to investors that the projects associated with the certified bond contribute to keeping global warming below 2 degrees. For an introduction to the Climate Bonds Initiative please click here.

What is going to change in Version 3.0?

The revision is part of a wider Climate Bonds Initiative’s development programme that will affect the whole organisation. Version 3.0 extends the reach of underlying sector Criteria to three additional sectors: water infrastructure, forests and land conservation. Further Eligibility Criteria are being prepared covering bioenergy, hydro power, waste management, power grids, agriculture, energy efficient devices and industrial assets. The revision shall strengthen overarching Adaptation and Resilience (A&R) factors and update the core Climate Bonds green Taxonomy. The next iteration of the Taxonomy is planned for release in Q3.

Climate Bonds Certification under Standard V3 will give both issuers and investors assurance that a green debt product meets regulatory requirements for major global jurisdictions. Standard V3 will be compatible with the newly proposed EU Green Bond Standard (GBS), EU Taxonomy and the Green Bond Principles (GBP) as well as the latest market developments including guidelines adopted by India, ASEAN and Japan.

Here you can access the draft version. All the changes are marked in the document.

DQS – Your Partner for Certification

DQS is your partner for Climate Bonds certification. We schedule the verification without hassle, rely exclusively on experienced auditors, create added value with intelligent audit reports and guide you through the entire certification process. DQS has been approved to conduct Climate Bonds verification across the globe. Our certificate of approval is available for download here.

Further information

Click here to receive further information regarding the Climate Bonds Certification and the Certification Process. Contact us if you have any questions and register for our newsletter to receive regular updates on certification and standards.

Source: DQS CFS website (https://www.dqs-holding.com/en/media/news/quality-in-logistics-trained-by-tapa-certified-by-dqs/).

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WHAT’S NEW IN FOOD SAFETY THIS MONTH?

Food safety culture is the new buzzword in the industry; starting with BRCGS Food Version 8 coming up in February 2020, we expect to see more demand for the “shared values, beliefs and norms that affect mindset and behaviour toward food safety in, across and throughout an organization”, as the Global Food Safety Initiative*s (GFSI) technical working group defines it. To help organizations identify and develop their own food safety culture, GFSI has published a position paper regarding food safety culture that deals with three main topics:

  • The essential role of executives within an organization (a point that also plays a significant role in the revision of ISO 9001: 2015)
  • Factors such as communication, education, cooperation and personal responsibility
  • Skills such as adaptability or risk awareness to translate food safety practices from theory to practice

Here you can access the summary of the position paper. The full GFSI document “A Culture of Food Safety” is available for download here.

On August 1 BRCGS launched the Global Standard for Packaging Materials Issue 6 – and it is not just the name that was subject to a change. The new BRCGS Packaging Materials – Issue 6 includes six major changes: two key changes concerning the protocol and four key changes regarding the requirements of the former Packaging and Packaging materials – Issue 5 certification.

Changes to the Protocol:
1. Removing the second hygiene category
2. Removing second/split unannounced audit option

Changes to the Requirements:
1. Corrective and preventive action: fundamental clause
2. Emphasis on product quality
3. Product safety and quality culture
4. Pellet, flake and powder control in the plastic industry

After publication of the new version, on August 1, 2019, there is a transition period of six months. The use of Issue 6 is compulsory for all certification audits taking place from February 2020 onwards. Here you can read more about the changes and download the new standard.

Introducing the new BRCGS Ethical Trade and Responsible Sourcing Standard
In the consumer goods industry, BRCGS Global Standards is widely recognized as one of the leading certification scheme owners for product quality and safety. With the new Global Standard for Ethical Trade & Responsible Sourcing, BRCGS is taking its experience with scheme management into the area of responsible sourcing. In this article, we provide an overview of what to expect from the new scheme.

In other food safety news: FSSC 22000 Version 5 – Main Changes

On June 3, FSSC 22000 published Version 5 of its certification scheme. One big reason for the revision is the publication of the standard ISO 22000: 2018 last summer, which is used as a basis for the GFSI benchmarked certification scheme. The new version includes mainly structural changes that we will present in this article.

Originally published in the current DQS CFS Newsletter

Source: DQS Holding website (https://www.dqs-holding.com/en/media/news/whats-new-in-food-safety-this-month/).

For more information, please send email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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