Compliance Audit / Certification

A main objective of conducting an internal or external compliance audit is to assess the overall effectiveness of a business's compliance practices and protocols. While examining processes and transactions, a compliance auditor must determine whether the item being examined complies with established standards.


Types of Compliance Audit

  • Statutory Compliance
  • Legal Compliance
  • Customer Requirement Audit
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Compliance Certification

  • KOSHER
  • HACCP
  • WRAP
  • SEDEX
  • ROHS
  • HALAL
  • GMP
  • GLP
  • ATEX
  • BRC
  • BIFMA
  • CE Marking
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Kosher is derived from “Kashrus”, which, in Hebrew, means “Pure”. There is a whole market segment that insists only on Kosher foods and look at the label before buying. With our help you can sell to millions of such demanding customers worldwide and increase sales as well as revenues. The investment is worth it. Get started today by contacting us to obtain globally recognized Kosher certification through us.

KOSHER DEFINING

Kosher laws are intricate and have specific guidelines for various food products. These food products must qualify according to the laid down laws in order to qualify for the Kosher label.

MEAT

The animal must have split hooves and must chew cud and only cow, goat, sheep, lamp and deer are acceptable. Chicken, turkey, duck and geese are considered Kosher. Slaughter must be carried out according to defined guidelines and after slaughter there is an inspection process and further process that includes deveining, soaking and salting procedure.

DAIRY

Kosher laws specify that milk and milk products must be obtained only from kosher animals following the kosher process known as Cholov Yisroel.

DAIRY AND MEAT

Kosher laws stipulate that meat and dairy, if processed in a single factory, must have the processes totally separated. Equipments and utensils used for meat must not be used for dairy or vice versa. If they must be used then a cleaning process must be followed.

PAREVE

In order to qualify for the Pareve label, foods must be totally vegetarian and must not have any dairy or meat ingredient or component. Fruits, vegetables, grains, fish and eggs are considered eligible for Pareve label. Fruits and vegetables must be washed thoroughly to remove any lurking insects.

GRAPES, WINES, LIQUEURS

Grape juice, wine, vinegar and brandy should be prepared strictly according to Rabbinic supervision. Even food products such as jams and jellies should use only kosher approved ingredients.

KOSHER FOR PASSOVER

In order for foods to be eligible to carry the Kosher for Passover label, these foods must be made only with utensils that are specific for this process according to Jewish Law. Conformance will have the product carrying a “P” next to the Kosher check symbol.

Our experts will provide guidance and assistance in each food category to help you obtain the Kosher certification for the category of food products you manufacture and thus gain access to international markets.

KOSHER BENEFITS

The market for Kosher Certified foods is growing at an astounding rate and it is estimated to be worth over $ 165 billion. Getting Kosher certified is a way to tap into a growing consumer base all over the world. Even non-Jews are embracing kosher foods as a way to make sure they get quality and safe foods. Without such certification these emerging and existing markets remain inaccessible to food product manufacturers.

Kosher certification costs little when compared to the enormous potential of increased sales and revenues that follows. Kosher symbol on food product immediately projects an image of safety and quality in the food. The symbol generates trust among buyers who know it signifies compliance of the product with highest standards of kosher food laws. It is an assurance of quality and integrity of food. It is not just the final food that is certified; the ingredients and how they were sourced and prepared and the process of manufacturing also come under the purview of certification guaranteeing absolute quality. Kosher certification is the surest way to increase market share and revenues at minimum cost and gain an unimpeachable reputation as a manufacturer of quality foods.

HACCP Certification

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) is a process control based system for food safety. The HACCP principle for Food safety has been developed based on guidelines for HACCP application as per the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

The HACCP system is a process control system guidelines which is applicable to any organization those who are dealing with Manufacturing, trading, supply, retailing, packing, transportation, farming etc of food product. The HACCP system provides the guideline to identify the food safety Hazards (Physical Hazards, Chemical Hazards & Biological Hazards), evaluation of Food safety Hazards and Food safety Risk analysis, establishing the PRP’s, setting of product characteristics, Critical control points, critical control limits, validation , verification , identification of potential emergency situations related to food safety etc.

The summarized requirement details of HACCP are given below :

HACCP Certification Concept

    Assuring Food Safety

  • Control of food safety through process control by prevention method.
  • Identify the potential food safety concern (i.e Food safety Hazards, contamination, CCP etc).
  • HACCP Principle

    As per Codex Alimentarius Commission guidelines there are seven HACCP principles as given below

  • Principle 1 - Conduct a hazard analysis.
  • Principle 2 - Determine the critical control points (CCPs).
  • Principle 3 - Establish critical limit(s).
  • Principle 4 - Establish a system to monitor control of the CCP.
  • Principle 5 - Establish the corrective action to be taken when monitoring indicates that a particular CCP is not under control.
  • Principle 6 - Establish procedures for verification to confirm that the HACCP system is working effectively.
  • Principle 7 - Establish documentation concerning all procedures and records appropriate to these principles and their application.
  • Application/ Implementation Steps of HACCP System


  • Assemble the HACCP team
  • Describe product
  • Identify intended use
  • Construct flow diagram
  • On-site verification of flow diagram
  • List all potential hazards, conduct a hazard analysis and determine control measures
  • Determine CCPs
  • Establish critical limits for each CCP
  • Establish a monitoring system for each CCP
  • Establish corrective actions
  • Establish verification procedures
  • Establish record keeping and documentation
  • Benefits of HACCP Certification


  • Minimize the Food safety Hazards contamination in Food.
  • Reduce the potential Food born diseases, which may cause due contamination of food.
  • Improve Compliance level with applicable statutory and regulatory food safety requirements
  • Effective communication on food safety issues to their suppliers, customers and relevant interested parties in the food Supply chain
  • Improve the business potential among the competitor
  • Improve the confidence of customer and end user.
  • Reduce cost of Food Analysis.

Worldwide Responsible for Accredited Production

WRAP was formed out of the desire to create an independent and objective body to help apparel and footwear factories around the world verify that they are operating in compliance with local laws and internationally-accepted standards of ethical workplace practices. We trace our origins back to the mid-1990s when reports surfaced of sweatshop-like conditions in numerous apparel factories around the world, including excessive working hours, unsafe conditions, and the denial of several legally-mandated benefits to workers. Recognizing that such a scenario could jeopardize the apparel industry as a whole, the American Apparel Manufacturers Association (now the American Apparel and Footwear Association) moved to coordinate an industry response to the issue. A task force was formed which received input from a variety of stakeholders including brands, suppliers, NGOs, academia, and government officials. Based on their findings, the task force recommended the creation of an independent third-party organization free of government or corporate influence that could identify and reduce the prevalence of sweatshop conditions in factories around the world. The first Board of Directors was named in 1999 and WRAP was officially incorporated in 2000.

Recognizing that the program’s credibility depends on ensuring objectivity, WRAP is specifically organized to be independent – both financially and in terms of governance – of the apparel industry. This starts with the make-up of its independent Board of Directors. Although the apparel industry is represented on the Board to provide insight and perspective, by charter the majority of the Board is comprised of individuals not affiliated with the industry. Further, structurally, WRAP is not set up as a membership organization (yet, despite receiving no income from dues, memberships or government grants, WRAP is financially sound, with its revenue being generated entirely through facility registration fees and training revenues).

Today, WRAP has grown to become a global leader in social compliance and a trusted independent supply chain partner for dozens of companies around the world. Its comprehensive facility-based model has made it the world’s largest independent social compliance certification program for the apparel/textile industry (according to a 2010 UNIDO Study, Making Private Standards Work For You, WRAP is the “standard most often cited” for social compliance certification in the textile sector). There are currently over 2,200 WRAP-certified facilities found throughout the world employing over 2 million workers.

SEDEX CERTIFICATION

Sedex, the Supplier Ethical Data Exchange, is a not-for-profit organisation based in London, UK, open for membership to any company anywhere in the world.

Sedex is a membership organisation for businesses committed to continuous improvement of the ethical performance of their supply chains. Companies join Sedex in order to use the Sedex web-based system, participate in Sedex governance , participate in working groups , network and engage with other Sedex members , utilise Sedex value-added services.

Sedex enables member companies to efficiently manage the ethical and responsible practices of their global supply chains, generating transparency through the provision of a data exchange.

Sedex focuses on four pillars. Members commit to improving their supply chain performance accordingly.

  • Labour Standards,
  • Health & Safety,
  • Environment and
  • Business Integrity.
  • The tool used by Sedex is named SMETA (Sedex Members Ethical Trade Audit). It incorporates 3 elements:

  • A best practice guidance on conducting ethical trade audits,
  • An audit report format and
  • A corrective action plan format.

Reducing the number of audits

“This membership allows us to respond to our customers’ diversified supply chain needs. We can now help them monitor sustainable performance in the supply chain more effectively, providing more visibility on the results of our audits. By submitting supply chain audit results to the database, we help ensuring transparency and re-use of existing audit data. A manufacturer does not need to re-audit a company to qualify them as suppliers, but rather checks their status in the Sedex database.”

“Our collaboration with Sedex is an important step for the direction we are taking with supply chain activities. We intend to pursue relations with key players in the supply chain arena, underlining the growing importance of supply chain auditing for our business.”

The benefits

SMETA is designed to benefit retailers and consumer brands and their suppliers, reducing duplication of effort in ethical trade auditing. Companies who are not members of Sedex are able and encouraged to use SMETA as well.

Sedex is a comprehensive platform that enables the effective management of complex global supply chains, leading to real business benefits for your organisation.

Improve your reputation

Demonstrate to stakeholders and customers that you are committed to driving improvements in your supply chain.

Gain competitive advantage

Many customers see Sedex as an important part of their responsible sourcing practices and companies increasingly view Sedex membership as a condition of supply.

Reduce risk

The reports available on Sedex, and specifically the Sedex Risk Assessment tool, can help assess the likelihood of issues occurring in your supply chain. Improve supplier relationships

The Sedex model encourages increased supplier engagement, helping you to drive ethical and responsible improvements within your supply chain.

Save time and money

Sedex allows more time and resources to be spent on making improvements rather than on completing multiple audits and unnecessary paperwork.

SMETA is not a new code of conduct or standard to which audits should be conducted. It is rather a compilation of best practice in ethical trade audit technique, intended for experienced auditors to help them to conduct high quality audits that will be accepted by multiple retailers and brands

RoHS, short for Restriction of Hazardous Substances, is specific to the European Union. The law revolves the handling of hazardous materials, ranging from the manufacturing to the disposal of the material. While created inside of Europe for members of the European Union, other regions around the world have utilized and created offshoots of the RoHS. This includes nations throughout Asia (China, Japan and South Korea) and versions of it inside of North America as well. Manufacturers of hazardous material must become RoHS compliant in order to sell and distribute the product inside of the European Union, which is exactly why it is so vital for a company to obtain these credentials. The specific process set in place to assist these companies is rather straight forward though, so it should not prove difficult to follow through with the RoHS certification and RoHS compliance regulations.

In order to obtain the certification, it is necessary to seek out a third party company that provides test reports of the material, material declarations directly from the supplier and what is known as a Declarations of Conformity. It is all about testing the material, making sure its housing, manufacturing and distributing is aligned with the set forward regulations of RoHS,

When working with these third party organizations, they test the presence of different chemical compounds and components, including lead, mercury, cadmium, hexavalent chromium, polybrominated diphenyl ethers and polybrominated biphenyls.

Benefits of RoHS

  • Increase of communication across the supply chain serves as a platform for the implementation of REACH and other initiatives.
  • Tighter process control, overall reduced number of defects and increased production efficiency (contradicts information appearing elsewhere in the report)
  • Increased skill levels in the global workforce due to retraining and the knowledge transfer to Asia and less developed countries (assumes that globalization is driven by RoHS). In addition, "Japanese people and knowledge are seeking inspiration in Europe and the US" (the condescension toward Japan is hard to understand given the statistics on innovation contained within the report).
  • Less leaching in landfills because WEEE contains less hazardous material and increased incentives for recycling because lead-free solder contains silver and gold
  • Pressure on other sectors (such as aerospace and IT industrial controls) and countries to move to cleaner processes and reduced use of hazardous materials (such as China RoHS and Korea RoHS)
  • Competitive advantage for EU manufacturers in markets where RoHS legislation is pending or contemplated

Halal Certification

Halal is a religious standard which comes from Arabic word meaning lawful or permitted. Halal gain popularity in gulf countries by their religious Code of conduct in ISLAMIC Religion.

The opposite of halal is haram, which means unlawful or prohibited.

Halal certification is applicable on FMCG such as Food products i.e. Meat Products, Juices, Spices, Pulses, food ingredients etc. Cosmetics products, Pharmaceuticals, Phytochemicals Ayurveda and Unani products.

As globalization of market is increased and most of demand in GULF MARKET of our FMCG product, these product require religious faith by the consumer in Gulf Market, Halal certification on the product increase the faith of the consumer who consume or used the FMCG Product by seeing the halal certification or logo on them.

Halal doesn’t allows the food Alcoholic drinks and product found as an ingredient in them. i.e. Foods made with pure or artificial vanilla extract coz vanilla is prepared with alcohol.

Pork meat and its by-products e.g. gelatin, lipase, pepsin, land animals without external ears Halal certificate is issued for either one year.

ACASCERT is happy to provide you with information about ingredients and products upon request. Just fill out the Contact Us form with your questions.

We can help you identify Halal compliance of critical ingredients in:

  • Processed Meats
  • Health and Beauty
  • Flavors and Ingredients
  • Bakery and Food Processing
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Food Supplements and Other Consumables

Compliance with GMP requirements entails minimum common sense sanitary and processing requirements applicable to all food processing establishments. Many food industry companies have implemented the GMP certification scheme for food processing as the foundation upon which they have developed and implemented other quality and food safety management systems, including HACCP, ISO 22000, SQF and ISO 9001.

A Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certification scheme provides independent verification and certification that the basic manufacturing practices and prerequisites necessary for the implementation of an effective Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety program are being followed.

Benefits of GMP Certifications

  • Reduced duplication of inspections
  • Cost savings
  • Export facilitation
  • Enhanced market access
  • Improve GHP, PRP

Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) Compliance Monitoring

A number of countries require manufacturers of industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals, veterinary drugs, pesticides, cosmetic products, food products, feed additives, etc., to establish through data that use of these products do not pose any hazards to human health and the environment. Non-hazardous nature needs to be established through studies and data, which will be examined by the regulatory authorities of the concerned countries. Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) is system used for achieving these objectives.

GLP certification is voluntary in nature. The test facilities/laboratories have to submit the prescribed Application fee and apply in the prescribed application form. The inspection of the laboratory is carried out by the GLP inspectors, followed by a final inspection. The report, prepared by the inspection team, is considered by Technical Committee whose recommendations are placed before Commission. GLP Certification is valid for a period of three years and the GLP Secretariat organizes surveillance at 18 months from the date of certification and a re-assessment during third year for maintaining the certification.

Industries/test facilities/laboratories, dealing with chemicals listed in para above and conducting safety studies for submission to Regulatory Authorities, can apply for obtaining GLP Certification in one or more of the following areas of expertise:

  • Physical-chemical testing
  • Toxicity studies
  • Mutagenicity studies
  • Environmental toxicity studies on aquatic and terrestrial organisms Studies on behaviour in water, soil and air, bio-accumulation
  • Residue studies
  • Studies on effects on mesocosms and natural ecosystems
  • Analytical and clinical chemistry testing
  • Others (please specify)

A potentially explosive atmosphere is composed by air mixtures of gases, vapours, mists or dusts, which can ignite under certain operating conditions.

Equipment and protective systems intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres cover a quite large range of products, including equipment used on fixed offshore platforms, in petrochemical plants, mines, flour mills and other areas where a potentially explosive atmosphere may be present.

The Equipment and Protective systems intended for use in Potentially Explosive Atmospheres (ATEX) Directive 94/9/EC provides the technical requirements to be applied and the relevant conformity assessment procedures before placing this equipment on the European market. These requirements are given technical expression by "Harmonised Standards", developed by the European Standardisation Organisations

CEN (for non-electrical equipment) and CENELEC (for electrical equipment) - develop standards which references are presented to and published by the European Commission in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).

Few standards for ATEX certification process are
60079-1 ,61241-1, 60079-2 ,61241-4 , 60079- 60079-6 ,60079-7 ,60079-15 1 EN13463-1, EN13463-2, EN13463-3, EN13463-5, EN13463-6, EN13463-7, EN13463-8 60079-18 ,61241-18 ,60079-11,61241-11

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is the leading trade association for UK retailing.  Although the BRC food safety standard began in the UK, it is now recognized as a global standard.  There are over 17,000 BRC certified sites worldwide, and a large network of BRC certification bodies in 90 countries. BRC initially developed its Global Standard for Food Safety in order to help the food industry meet legislative requirements of the EU General Product Safety Directive and the UK Food Safety Act. 

This standard is recognized as a GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) benchmarked food safety scheme and has been accepted by 8 major international retailers: Carefour, Tesco, ICA, Metro, Migros, Ahold, Walmart and Delhaize.

The GFSI is a project led by the business forum CIES to harmonize international food safety standards and reduce the need for multiple supplier audits. The CIES members include leading retailer organizations and food manufacturers.

Rather than create another standard, the GFSI Technical Committee identified the key components necessary for good food safety standards and the operating protocols for the delivery of certification and created a benchmarking document. Standard owners such as the BRC were invited to submit their standard for benchmarking.

The BRC was the first standard to be recognized as meeting the GFSI benchmark. Benchmarking to GFSI ensures that the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety is accepted by many of the world’s biggest retail groups, e.g., Walmart. The BRC’s ability to react to changing food safety concerns, meet customer requirements, and yet provide a simple, easy-to-follow process for manufacturers, has resulted in the Standard becoming one of the most popular GFSI standards.

The Standard provides benefits not only for the retail industry, but also for food manufacturers, importers, caterers, ingredient suppliers and the food service industry. It is currently used by suppliers in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, the Far East, North and South America and Australia. Offering this truly global standard fits perfectly with CERT ID’s worldwide certification activities, and is an international mark of excellence for the certificate holder

BIFMA CERTIFICATION

BIFMA is the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association. It was founded in 1973 with a mission to lead, advocate, notify and develop standards for the North American office and institutional furniture industry.

BIFMA is certification for examination of Institutional furniture. BIFMA sponsors the development of safety and performance standards, gives industry statistics and forecasts, advocates for regulatory situation that foster value and innovation, and serves as a forum for member cooperation and collaboration.

BIFMA certification sponsors the development of safety and presentation standards, gives industry statistics and forecasts, advocates for regulatory conditions that foster value and innovation, and serves as a forum for member cooperation and collaboration.

Benefits of Bifma Certification

  • Promises clients and stakeholders that your certified products are held to industry-leading social, environmental and economic standards
  • Helps your internal sustainable management objectives
  • Establishes your leadership credentials in the office furniture industry
  • Establishes a path for continuous development.
  • Helps you meet state and federal procurement necessities

The CE mark demonstrates that the product meets the requirements of relevant European directives. It is mandatory for a wide range of products sold within or exported to the European

CE mark on a products

Indicates to government/s that the product can be legally sold within the European Union (EU) and the European Free Trade Area (EFTA).

  • Ensures the product can move freely throughout the European Single Market.
  • Indicates to customers that the product meets designated safety standards.
  • Promotes public health and safety
  • Enhances product credibility
  • Leads to improved sales and greater customer satisfaction

CE Mark is the manufacturer's claim that the product meets the essential requirements of all relevant European Directives. CE Mark compliance is legally enforced requirement for the European Union member states and the European Economic Area countries. The countries are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, The Netherlands, UK. Other countries are most likely to adopt the directives in the near future. To sell products in any of these countries CE mark is an essential requirement.