FeedAssure® Program Transition Overview

New Version of the FeedAssure® Program Officially Launches March 2022

The official launch of the updated FeedAssure® program is scheduled for March 1, 2022. At that time the new manual will be available to all FeedAssure® certified facilities in English and French. Facilities will have a full year to transition to the updated program. Starting March 1, 2023, all FeedAssure® certified facilities will be required to have implemented the updated program, and audits will be conducted using the new audit checklist.

Important dates to remember during the transition period include:

  • February 15, 2022 – Introduction to FeedAssure® v.4 2022 Program Webinar
  • March 1, 2022 – Official launch of the updated FeedAssure® program
  • March 2022 – FeedAssure® upgrade training begins
  • October 2022 – Facilities will have the option to audit to the updated program
  • March 1, 2023 – New FeedAssure® program must be implemented in all facilities

Training to the new standard

To support facilities in their transition to the updated program, all FeedAssure® facilities will have access to a variety of resources including:

  • FeedAssure® program upgrade training
  • FeedAssure® implementation guide
  • FeedAssure® summary of program changes
  • Hazard analysis tool
  • ANAC’s National Biosecurity Guide for the Livestock and Poultry Feed Sector
  • ANAC staff support

The FeedAssure® upgrade training is a new course designed to provide FeedAssure® certified facilities with detailed information on the program changes and guidance on how to implement these changes in their facility. This interactive online course will be offered throughout the coming year, in English and French, beginning on March 22, 2022.

Auditing to the new standard

Auditing to the new program checklist for all FeedAssure® certified facilities will begin on March 1, 2023, however, from October 2022 onwards facilities will have the option of auditing to the new standard if they choose. All facilities will remain on their existing schedule for maintenance and recertification audits.

Maintenance audits in 2023 will take on a slightly different format as facilities bridge to the new program. The regular 1.5 day maintenance audit will be split into one half day carried out virtually followed by a one day on-site audit. The half day virtual audit will include a document review (SOPs) and will be done 90 days in advance of the on-site audit to give facilities time to make any necessary adjustments to their program. The on-site audit will include the facility walk-through, interviews, and record reviews.

If facilities are scheduled to have their audit in January or February 2023 and choose to audit to the current standard, there will be a requirement to complete an internal audit to the new program standard by March 2023. A copy of this audit will need to be submitted to ANAC for review to ensure facilities are meeting the requirements of the new program starting in March 2023, even though their official audit to the updated program will not take place until 2024.

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