The concept of Earned Recognition for AIC schemes was first discussed with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) in 2012, and in 2014 an initial Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by AIC, the FSA and the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), recognising that compliant businesses within the schemes were lower risk and as such should receive less frequent official visits and inspections.
Technical Manager, AIC Services
Simon Williams is Technical Manager for AIC Services. He is based at AIC Head Office, Peterborough and is responsible for the management and coordination of the FEMAS, FIAS and UFAS assurance schemes as well as being the key contact for International mutual recognition issues and liaison with European scheme owners.
Previous to his role with AIC, Simon was employed in a variety of technical roles in the food industry covering primary and further processing of meat, breakfast cereals and a product technologist role with a major retailer.