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GMP+ International starts Registered Laboratories program

Reliable laboratory analyses are crucial for a strong and trustworthy feed safety chain. Inaccurate or false analysis results will undermine the faith in the strength of our feed safety chain, as well as endanger feed safety itself. In fact, several incidents, related to inaccurate analysis results, have occurred over the years, which led to confusion and stress among companies within the feed chain.

Therefore, after careful consideration, GMP+ International has decided to start the Registered Laboratories program.

                                        

What is the GMP+ Registered Laboratory program?
Starting July 1st, 2019, laboratories that analyze critical contaminants for GMP+ FSA (Feed Safety Assurance) certified companies (B1, B1.2, B2 and B3), shall be GMP+ registered. Laboratories will have sixteen months to meet the requirements, an implementation phase that has been set after consulting our stakeholders.

GMP+ International, together with our stakeholders, developed a new standard and appendix:

  • GMP+ B11: standard containing the requirements for registration and verification of laboratories;
  • GMP+ BA11: appendix containing the performance criteria for registered laboratories, based on European legislation and ISO standards.  

GMP+ International also developed a list of Frequently Asked Questions: GMP+ D3.21. This is a support document with guidelines to help companies with the implementation of the new requirements.

This new program is exclusively meant for four (4) critical contaminants, being:

  • aflatoxin B1,
  • dioxins/dioxin-like PCBs/ non-dioxin-like PCBs,
  • heavy metals, and
  • pesticides.  

Laboratories can choose for which of the contaminants they want to register for. GMP+ Registered Laboratories shall meet the following performance criteria for their contaminant(s) of choice:

  • LOQ (limit of quantification),
  • Reproducibility,
  • Bias, and
  • Measurement uncertainty.

They also shall participate in Proficiency testing.

What do GMP+ FSA Certified Companies need to do?

For companies that are GMP+ FSA B1, B1.2, B2 or B3 certified, this change means that from July 1, 2019, they can only use GMP+ Registered Laboratories for the analysis of the critical contaminants.

Please inform your laboratory of this upcoming change. If you would like, we can also inform them. In that case, please fill out this form and we will get in touch with your laboratory.

How to apply for the GMP+ Registered Laboratories program ?
Once laboratories have implemented the performance criteria, they can apply for GMP+ registration through a GMP+ Certification Body that is qualified for registered laboratory scope. Primarily, audits will be carried out by desk study. On-site audits will be carried out if doubts arise.
GMP+ Registered Laboratories will have to pay GMP+ International an annual fee. This annual fee can be found in the GMP+ C4.

Important dates
Mar. 2018      Publication of GMP+ B11 and GMP+ BA11 on the GMP+ portal.
Mar. 2018      Laboratories can start preparing and implementing.    
Jun. 2018      Laboratories can apply for registration at certification bodies.
Jun. 2018      Publication of new requirements for GMP+ FSA certified companies in GMP+ B1, B1.2, B2 and B3.
Jul.  2019      GMP+ FSA certified companies must use GMP+ registered laboratories.

GMP+ International will send regular updates to all parties involved about our GMP+ Registered Laboratories program.   

Questions? Let us know.
We are convinced that this change to our GMP+ FSA module will have an enormous positive impact on both feed safety and the trust in our valued chain approach. All GMP+ FSA certified companies will benefit from it.

We understand this change will impact your business. If you have any questions, we encourage you to get in touch with your Certification Body, send us an email, or call our help desk: +31 (0)70 307 41 44.