Producer

Pig breeders play a crucial role in the Certus story. By giving the best of themselves day after day, they provide the basis to guarantee a piece of high-quality pork.

How can I join the Certus label?

1. Joining a group


Fill in the affiliation form and submit it to the Group in question.

NB: The Group you join depends on the abattoir to which you want to supply pigs!


2. Notification to Belpork npo


The Belpork npo secretariat receives the affiliation form from the Group. Belpork invoices the entry costs to the Group.


3. Payment of entry cost


Belpork npo receives payment of the entry costs from the Group. The inspection institute is informed. You receive an information letter, a booklet with starting specifications, and a login, password and a manual for Tracy.


4. Entry inspection


Within a month the inspection institute contacts you to schedule an inspection. During the inspection the specification standards are checked and DNA samples are taken.


5. Certus accreditation


The certification decision is taken at the latest 3 months after the entry inspection has been performed. In the event of a favourable result you will be certified. You receive confirmation in writing, an accreditation certificate and a mallet with the Certus logo. From now on you can supply your pigs under the Certus label.

N.B.! The entire affiliation procedure takes about three months starting from the entry inspection.


After you have Certus accreditation as a pig producer, you can join any other Certus-accredited Group. No additional entry costs will be charged.


N.B.! As a producer you can only supply Certus pigs to a Certus abattoir, provided both the abattoir and you personally are affiliated to the same Group.


Once you have been accredited, you can supply pigs to an accredited Certus abattoir. On arrival in the abattoir the pigs supplied have to have been marked with the Certus logo with the marking code and be accompanied by an official Certus release form (hard copy or digital).

You can order hard-copy release forms from the Belpork npo secretariat. Digital release forms can be made by means of the TRACY on-line tracing system.

With which standards should I comply?

All standards you have to meet as a pig producer can be found in the specifications and internal regulations.

Inspections and sanctions

Once you have been certified as Certus pig producer, you will receive periodic inspection every three years by one of the OCIs approved by Belpork vzw. Within this period, 20% of pig producers are checked without notice.


The inspection is preferably performed in combination with the inspection for the G 040 Sector Guide ‘Primary Production’ (Module C: General part and specific part ‘Pigs’). This means that during one single inspection two checklists are filled out and there is a decrease in the number of inspections at the agricultural business.


During the inspection the OCI uses the Certus checklist. Read the standards on the checklists properly before the OCI comes to your business for performing an audit. A deviation from the standard may lead to exclusion, additional inspection or the mandatory taking of corrective measures.


Below we list the possible infringements that may occur during an inspection:

1) KO criteria finding:


If a KO is found the participant is excluded from the Certus quality system. The certificate is revoked straightaway. Afterwards the participant can re-apply for the Certus quality system.


2) A non-conformity finding:


If an A non-conformity is found the participant has to take corrective measures. These measures have to be reported to the certification institution and have to be applied within a period that must not exceed three months in case of an initial audit and one month for all other types of audit.

If the corrective measures cannot be demonstrated by means of proof sent a corrective-measure audit within the set period is required (see internal regulations page 17).


3) B non-conformity finding:


If a B non-conformity is found, the participant has to draw up an action plan. The participant has to apply this plan within a period of 6 months. The inspection of the application occurs during the next audit.


4) C non-conformity finding:


This involves a recommendation. Non-compliance with conditions for C criteria does not impede certification, but the participant is urged to try and meet these condition(s) as soon as possible

I want a combined audit.

Together with the audit for the Certus specifications you can also have your business inspected for other private labels such as IKM, Belplume or the General specifications for Beef and for the ‘Animal and/or Vegetable Production’ Sector Guide.

Independent inspection institutes perform the audits, but not all OCIs can inspect for all additional labels. In the table below you find an overview of the most important labels that can be checked by each OCI.

If you want to have a complete combined audit performed, you can use this table to find out which OCIs can provide you with the necessary certificates.

Depending on your requirements it is best to have one or more OCIs draw up a price tender.

 

Sector guide

Sector guide

IKKB

Certus

Generic specifications beef

DQA

Belplume

BCV

 

Vegetable

Animal

           

B&S Qualicert sprl

X

X

X

         

Carah asbl

X

X

X

         

Certalent vzw

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

 

CKCert vzw

X

X

X

X

X

 

X

 

Comité du lait asbl

X

X

X

   

X

   

TÜV NORD Integra

X

X

X

         

AIB Vinçotte int. sa

X

X

X

 

X

 

X

 

Promag sprl

X

X

X

         

Quality Partner sa

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

SGS Belgium

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

X