Only the Certification Bodies that have GRMS within their ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation scope (or otherwise approved by DAFC) shall carry out audits against the Global Red Meat Standard and issue reports and certificates. The Accreditation Bodies granting accreditation to the scope of the scheme shall be members of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and shall be signatories to the Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA) for the appropriate scope.

A list of Certification Bodies approved by DAFC is available on the GRMS website: www.grms.org

For new Certification Bodies wishing to perform audits against the Global Red Meat Standard, accreditation may not yet have been achieved. In such circumstances, the Certification Body will be permitted to perform audits if it can demonstrate:

  • an active application for accreditation against ISO/IEC 17065.
  • that accreditation will be achieved within 12 months of the date of application
  • the experience and qualifications of the auditors are consistent with those specified by DAFC
  • a contract is in place with the DAFC and all other contracted requirements have been met

The acceptability of audit reports and certificates generated by Certification Bodies awaiting accreditation but meeting all the above criteria is at the discretion of individual users.

The Certification Bodies shall have in place an agreement with certified organisations that includes a clause ensuring that DAFC is informed of any significant public food safety incidents, such as significant regulatory food safety non-conformities, product recalls, etc.

Certification Bodies shall operate an effective and fully implemented quality system. The quality system shall be fully documented and used by all relevant staff. Within the Certification Body there shall be a designated member of staff responsible for the quality system development, implementation and maintenance. This designated member of staff will have a reporting role to the executive management and shall also have the responsibility for reporting on the performance of the quality system for the purposes of management review and subsequent system improvement.

The Certification Body shall have a system in place to evaluate conformance with GRMS and fully comply with other associated requirements of the certification programme.

The Certification Body shall hold and maintain records regarding the qualifications, training and experience of all staff involved in the certification process.