Steps to maintaining APIQ certification
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Complete an internal audit six to eight months after your last APIQ Compliance Audit
APIQ Management will notify you 12 weeks prior to the expiry of your APIQ certification
An APIQ Compliance Audit is conducted no earlier than three months prior to the current APIQ certification expiry date.
Within 4 weeks you will be contacted by an AUS-MEAT auditor, They will schedule your audit(s) before your certification expires
Any required extensions will be discussed with your assigned auditor. APIQ Management will update your certification status and provide your extended expiry date.
For non-scheduling related extensions, you must provide a written request to APIQ Management. After considering your request for an exception they will advise you and AUS-MEAT of the decision.
You, or your representative/s, participate in the Compliance Audit
The AUS-MEAT auditor performs the following on-site functions as part of a Compliance Audit:
The auditor records audit findings and creates a compliance audit report for your site.
AUS-MEAT will provide you with a copy of this report. Where CAR(s) are identified, they will provide you with a Corrective Action Report specifying items for action.
You work with your auditor to close out any CAR(s) within 60 days of the date of your audit.
AUS-MEAT will notify APIQ Management about the status of your audit
APIQ Management maintains the APIQ certification record for your site. They will notify you of your APIQ certification status. Status can be current, conditional, extended, suspended, or cancelled.
For producers new to APIQ, status is provided as soon as you have met all APIQ Standards and Performance Indicators.
If your site has CAR(s) still to be closed, APIQ Management will determine whether they can issue Conditional Certification. In this case Current Certification will apply once all CAR(s) are closed.
Your APIQ Certificate is available via the APL PigPass portal. You are given access details to PigPass in your notification email, or through APIQ Management if you do not have internet access.
Auditors may take photographs within the piggery. These photographs will be to verify compliance or non-compliance to the APIQ Standards. Any photographs will be handled with the utmost confidentiality.