Independent and impartial
Schouten Certification guarantees its dependence and impartiality in all its activities. Every employee has signed a non-disclosure agreement and an internal code of conduct. Schouten Certification and Inspection do not receive external financial support (e.g., subsidies) for their activities.
This is all assured by the Schouten Certification Advisory Board. Each year, the board assesses whether the criteria from the applicable accreditation standard(s) are met. The advisory board also assists management in policy development, guards against the interference of commercial interests in matters of certification and advises management on matters relating to trust in certification and inspection. Should the need arise, then the Advisory Board has the right to inform the Dutch Accreditation Council about Schouten Certification’s policy choices
The Advisory Board represents all interested parties from the sectors in which Schouten Certification operates.
As a member of the branch organisation Nederlandse Vereniging Certificatie-instellingen (NVCi, Dutch Association of Certifying Bodies), Schouten Certification signed a code of conduct for certifying bodies. In this code, things like quality of services, competence of employees and ethical principles are described. By signing the code of conduct, Schouten Certification endorses the importance of integrity at certifying bodies.
Publicly accessible information
There is some publicly accessible information available on Schouten Certification’s website . The declaration of independence and impartiality, the regulations for certification, inspection and mediation, application forms for certification and inspection and access to important websites are always available.
Questions about (former) certificate holders and/or certificates, assessment reports or employees can be asked using the contact page. An overview of companies with a valid, expired, suspended or revoked certificate can be found on the GMP+ International, OVOCOM and FAVV (Foodweb) websites.
Questions about (former) certificate holders and/or certificates, assessment reports or employees can be asked using the web page. An overview of companies with a valid, expired, suspended or withdrawn certificate can be found on the websites of GMP + International, OVOCOM and the FASFC (Foodweb).
Information is only provided with the consent of the company and/or person concerned. Restriction following legislation and regulation or institutions such as the European Privacy Authorities, Accreditation Councils and scheme managers will be taken into account.
Schouten Certification is accredited under number C-552 by the Raad voor Accreditatie (RvA, Dutch Accreditation Council). The RvA assesses periodically whether Schouten Certification has complied to the requirements when issuing certificates.