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Certification

Certification by skilled, experienced auditors with a customer-oriented approach not only results in a company-specific result, but above all provides leads for improving your processes and products. The certificate assures the delivery of a safe and high quality product.

Step by step

You want to show that your company is a trustworthy supplier. That is why you have decided to let your company be audited by Schouten Certification.

Food safety system

The road to certification starts with describing (in your management system) the way your product or service comes about. You are ready for certification when, in your opinion, your management system and the implementation thereof adheres to the for your company applicable legislation and regulations.

Quotation phase

After filling in a request form, you will receive a quotation from us. When you agree with this quotation and it has been signed by you and by us, the quotation also functions as the certification agreement. In this agreement (and accompanying regulations) the rights and obligations of both parties are described. The costs and the planning of the certification are also included in the agreement.

Preparation

After receiving the signed certification agreement, we will assign a qualified auditor who will assess your product or company. The auditor will contact you to make further plans. Schouten Certification has about 25 qualified auditors that can audit your company or product.  

Assessment of your company

For the certification of your company, the assessor will visit your company. The assessment starts with an opening meeting. The auditor will introduce him or herself and will walk you through the process of the assessment. He or she will assess the activities, take samples if necessary, reviews documents and interviews the management and employees. An assessment of a product (or service) by taking samples and analysing them can be part of the certification. Obtained information will serve as evidence. The analysis will be done by an accredited laboratory. The length of the certification will depend on the size of your company and or the nature of what your company does. For this, the applicable scheme authority will have created norms.

The auditor will assess the evidence using the criteria of the scheme for which you are being audited. You will of course be kept up to date of the findings of the auditor.

Closing meeting

In the closing meeting, the auditor will present his or her findings and conclusions.

Report

After the assessment, the auditor will make a short report with the findings and conclusions of the audit.

The report will be given to a technical reviewer. This is a second, independent auditor from Schouten Certification that will assess whether the auditor, that has visited your company, has handled according to the requirements of the scheme. All notes the auditor made will be archived in the dossier. This is required for accurate reporting, for answering future questions and to assure traceability and independence afterwards.

Decision making

The final decision about the certificate is made by the management of Schouten Certification. You will receive our decision and report two weeks after we have made the decision. The result can either be positive or negative. If it is negative, then you will have to take the necessary measures to comply to the demands of the standard. After you have made the changes, there will be a new certification.

Certification

The result will be positive if your company or product complies to the standards set by the applicable scheme. In that case, the management of Schouten Certification will prepare the paper work and you will receive the formal document in the form of a certificate.

Re-certification of your company

When applicable, a renewal date is mentioned on the certification certificate. Before this date, a reassessment of your company will take place. The auditor will essentially start the process that is described on this page all over again.

Contact with your company

Here at Schouten Certification, the contact between you, your company and Schouten Certification is maintained by your auditor. He or she is your contact person for any questions you may have. You will receive the personal e-mail address and phone number so you can always contact your auditor. When necessary, your auditor will contact the secretariat of Schouten Certification to find answers to your questions. We believe in short communication lines.

Application Form

PDF Application Form Glutten Free

PDF Application form Feed Animal. EN version

Regulations

Dutch: PDF Certification regulations foodstuffs (for the time being only gluten free)

Certification Regulations Animal Feed

 

The office of Schouten Certification is (24/7) available at:

Mailing address PO Box 1
  4280 CA Andel
  The Netherlands
Visitor Address Burgstraat 12
  4283 GG Giessen (gem Woudrichem)
  The Netherlands
Telephone +31 (0)183 446 380
Fax +31 (0)183 448 568
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