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FIAS Certification

The Fertiliser Industry Assurance Scheme (FIAS) has been developed in a joint exercise between the UK Government and the UK fertiliser industry in order to:

  • Give regulators confidence in the product stewardship exercised by the fertiliser industry
  • Ensure the supply of fertiliser is managed such that products can only be used for legitimate agricultural purposes
  • Avoid the need for expensive and time-consuming Government operated licensing scheme for the industry

 FIAS covers the assurance of all fertilisers intended for agriculture, horticulture, forestry, amenity and any other such commercial use. It does not apply to fertilisers packaged for home garden use. The issues and the risks vary according to the type of fertiliser and it is for this reason that the entire scheme has adopted a “Risk assessment” approach to achieving the necessary level of assurance.

FIAS is an independently audited certification scheme that has been devised to ensure that fertiliser is managed throughout the UK supply chain with regard to the environment, public safety and security. Kiwa PAI assisted in the scheme development throughout and is the sole appointed Certification Body for the Scheme   The scheme covers the entire supply chain of fertiliser and assures compliance of each stage process to the following principles:  

Legislation

Specific product and environmental legal compliance.

Security

Prevention of unauthorised access and/or removal of the product.

Traceability

Identification of batches of raw materials to origin and the identification of batches of finished product to customer.

Safety

Product complies with the legislative safety requirements.

Good Practice

Effective management controls to ensure that fertiliser is only sold to legitimate agricultural businesses and that the requirements of this standard, environmental measures and relevant industry Codes of Practice are implemented.

The scheme is broken down into separate standards for:

  • Manufacture
  • Merchanting
  • Transport
  • Storage  

Applicants are assessed to the requirements of all standards that apply to their business, for the activities that fall within the scope of the scheme.   Each module requires an applicant to undertake a formal and structured risk assessment study and implement the controls that are determined necessary by the study. Therefore the extent and robustness of the controls exercised by a company will be directly related to the safety and security risks associated with the fertiliser under their control.  

Independent assessments arecarried out to determine whether companies involved in the supply of fertiliser comply with the scheme requirements and have introduced adequate measures to deal with the risks associated with the products.

 

Why Kiwa?

Availability - We answer the phone: so give us a call using the contact details to the right (or drop us an email).

Experience - Kiwa PAI is the most experienced UK Certification Body.

Scope - Kiwa PAI carries out the necessary approval work for a wide range of  feed suppliers from very small local firms to the big nationals.

Expertise - Kiwa PAI always carries out assessment, reporting and certification using expert assessors at competitive prices.

Speed - Kiwa PAI is renowned for reacting quickly and carrying out assessments at short notice.