AIC at 20: Maximising trade assurance benefits for minimal inspection burden
As AIC marks 20 years as the UK agri-supply industry’s leading trade association, we're looking back at some of its greatest achievements since it was founded in 2003.
Each week throughout 2023, we’ll explore a major achievement where AIC represented its Member businesses, promoted the benefits of modern commercial agriculture in the UK, and supported collaboration throughout the food chain.
AIC Services owns and operates many assurance schemes for specific sectors within the UK agri-supply sector, serving more than 4,000 Participants.
These schemes minimise the risk of feed and food safety incidents and ensure legal compliance, while providing a due diligence defence for each of the participating businesses.
In 2014, three of these schemes – the Feed Material Assurance Scheme (FEMAS), Trade Assurance Scheme for Combinable Crops (TASCC) and the Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS) – gained valuable earned recognition status from government authorities.
This automatically grants certified Participants a lower risk rating with enforcement authorities, such as the Food Standards Agency (FSA), Food Standards Scotland (FSS) and Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD).
It means that official inspections are reduced, and enforcement officers take into account the certification of a business when risk assessing the work it does because it is part of a robust and highly-trusted assurance scheme.
As well as vastly reducing the management and admin time required to accommodate official inspections, earned recognition also minimises the risk to businesses if the Government was ever to introduce charges for visits.
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