Bord Bia Quality Assurance Schemes
Acting on the advice of the Department of Health and the HSE, and in response to the health and welfare concerns of our members, on 18th March, Bord Bia postponed all audits across our schemes. The certificate validity of affected members was extended for an initial period of 60 days. Such an extension scenario is provided for within the standard and adheres to the requirements as set out by the International Accreditation Forum for dealing with extraordinary events such as the Covid-19 crisis. (IAF ID3:2011 “Management of Extraordinary Events or Circumstances Affecting AB’s, CB’s and Certified Organizations”.)
The integrity of the Quality Assurance programme and the continued availability of Quality Assured food remains paramount, as does the safety and security of our members.
As part of our Covid-19 response plan, the Quality Assurance team is currently putting contingency plans in place in the event that normal auditing cannot resume beyond the postponement period. Temporary measures could include members providing video or photographic evidence and information to Auditors over the phone.
It is essential that during this period that consumer trust and confidence in the Bord Bia Schemes and the Bord Bia logo is not eroded. It is also imperative that certification status of farmers, food producers and processors is maintained to ensure a continuing supply of Quality Assured food for consumers.
This system is currently in development phase and will only be used where no further scope exists to extend current certification or to reinstate on-farm/site audits in order to facilitate ongoing membership of the Quality Assurance schemes.
For all members of the below schemes, Bord Bia’s Quality Assurance team will be available to support members through this process should it be implemented at a future date. For further information/documentation on Quality Assurance Schemes you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (01) 6143679.
- Pigmeat Quality Assurance Scheme
- Poultry Products Quality Assurance Scheme
- Sustainable Egg Assurance Scheme
- Sustainable Dairy Assurance Scheme
- Sustainable Beef and Lamb Assurance Scheme
- Feed Quality Assurance Scheme
- Sustainable Horticulture Assurance Scheme
- Meat Processor Quality Assurance Scheme