Implement the New Version of the FeedAssure® Program by March 2023
The updated FeedAssure® program launched on March 1, 2022. Facilities 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® transition 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® implementation guide
- FeedAssure® summary of program changes
- FeedAssure® program transition training (completed in 2022)
- Hazard analysis tool
- ANAC’s National Biosecurity Guide for the Livestock and Poultry Feed Sector
- ANAC staff support
Auditing to the new standard
Auditing to the FeedAssure® v.4 2022 standard for all FeedAssure® certified facilities will begin on March 1, 2023. However, from October 1, 2022 onwards facilities have the option of being audited to the new standard if they prefer. All facilities will remain on their existing schedule for maintenance and recertification audits during the transition period.
FeedAssure® v.4 2022 audits will take on a slightly different format compared to v.3 audits. The audit will be split into three distinct parts:
- Off-site pre-audit documentation (PAD) review – This review will be completed 1-2 weeks prior to the on-site audit. (See further details on PAD below.)
- On-site audit – This includes the facility walk-through, interviews and record review.
- Report preparation time
NOTE: During the transition period, extra on-site time might be required for maintenance audits. This will be communicated to you by ANAC once the PAD review by an SGS auditor is complete.
Pre-audit documentation (PAD)
The PAD is a set of documents that the facility must provide to ANAC a minimum 30 days prior to the scheduled audit. The documents required will differ depending on the type of audit (initial, maintenance or recertification). The list of required documentation will be communicated at the time of audit booking and can also be found below. Auditors will use the information derived from the PAD to prepare a facility site specific audit plan targeting areas of risk as determined from the PAD review.
REMINDER to facilities scheduled to have their audit in January or February 2023 and choose to audit to the current standard (v.3): In addition to the internal audit associated with the v.3 audit, these facilities will also be required to complete an internal audit to the new program standard (FeedAssure® v.4 2022) by April 15, 2023. A copy of this internal audit report must be submitted to ANAC for review to ensure facilities are meeting the new program requirements, even though their official audit to the updated program will not take place until 2024.