In late 2016 a customer asked Chemoxy for help. They needed production of a material quickly and the material needed to be manufactured by a company registered to the Agricultural Industries Confederation’s (AIC) feed trade assurance scheme FEMAS. Chemoxy has management system standards certified to ISO 9001 and 14001 but were not aware of the FEMAS requirements or the challenge involved.
The Feed Materials Assurance Scheme covers feed ingredients intended for direct feeding to animals or for inclusion in compound feeds and blends. Chemoxy agreed to register so that Chemoxy’s production and supply chain processes could be audited and certified by an independent body, in accordance with the international standard EN45011. The company needed Chemoxy to complete the registration quickly to meet the end customer’s needs.
In order to comply, Chemoxy’s production, supply chain and quality teams worked together to provide the necessary quality system data and to enhance existing procedures to achieve compliance with the exacting requirements of FEMAS. This included applying the principles of HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) and Good Operating Practice.Quality Manager Andy Purvis commented “To go from having no real understanding of FEMAS, to having a successful initial audit in three months is a great achievement by the Team.”
FEMAS participants are an extremely diverse group of companies, ranging from specialist additive manufacturers to food processors and brewers and Chemoxy has now joined the list of those approved for the production of micro-ingredients.
The scheme aims to provide a safe feed and food supply chain which is essential to ensure that the risk of an incident is minimised. It is intended to provide assurance to purchasers of feed ingredients that the ingredients are safe and meet specified quality criteria. At Chemoxy we pride ourselves on adopting an entrepreneurial approach to meeting a client’s needs and once again have shown we can deliver both innovative products and inspired service.