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Getting certified: feed mills

Do you want to demonstrate that you produce your feed with care? Learn how you can apply for certification below.

The ASC Feed Standard became effective in January 2023 and feed mills are now applying for certification. ASC certified farms have until October 2025 to transition to ASC compliant feed produced under the ASC Feed Standard to continue to meet the ASC Farm Standards.

 

 

 

 

Get certified!

We apply a third-party certification system, meaning that certification of feed mills is done by independent Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs). Auditors visit feed mills on-site to verify if they are complying with the requirements of the ASC Feed Standard and are therefore eligible for certification. See the steps in the journey towards certification:

Understand the Requirements

Familiarise yourself with the ASC Feed Standard and the Certification Requirements for Unit of certification (RUoC), an outline of the process requirements to obtain certification. Additionally, the ASC Feed Interpretation Manual is a supplementary document providing explanations, background information and interpretation of the standard to support feed mills in implementing it.

Compare and choose a CAB

Contact ASC accredited CABs to get more information and quotes. We strongly recommend asking more than one certifier for quotes. Once you have chosen a certifier, they will inform ASC and the accreditation body ASI about the planned audit.

Audit Announced

ASC publishes the audit announcement document on your ASC ‘Find a Feed Mill’ page, this includes the date of your audit. This needs to happen at least 42 calendar days before the audit. Contact ASC to request access to MyASC for submission of relevant reporting templates.

CAB prepares and conducts the audit

The CAB will send you all audit information, collect and list relevant stakeholders and conduct the audit preparation and planning. The CAB will then conduct the audit of your site(s), process the findings and send a draft audit report to ASC.

Draft audit report published for input

ASC publish the draft audit report online to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to submit comments directly to the CAB.

Certification decision

After all comments are analysed, the CAB decides if your feed mill is fully compliant with the ASC requirements, and the final audit report is uploaded to your ASC ‘Find a Feed Mill’ page. If your feed mill has successfully met the requirements for certification it is ASC certified, and your ASC certificate is uploaded to the same web page.

For a full list of steps and requirements, please download our quick-start guide:

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More About CABs

Certification companies, also referred to as Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs), are independent of ASC.

They must demonstrate to another independent organisation, Assurance Services International (ASI), that they have the skills to undertake assessments of our standards. Auditors are also required to participate in standard specific training, including a mandatory exam that they must pass.

Following accreditation, the Conformity Assessment Body is monitored by ASI to ensure they continue to operate in line with our Certification and Accreditation Requirements (CAR).

To start your certification journey, please compare independent certifiers (CABs) on the ASI website:

Compare CABs

How to search for accredited CAB’s on ASI’s website
  1. Search under ‘Programme – ASC’ to find a list of ASC accredited CABs.
  2. CABs are still in the process of gaining accreditation for Feed. Therefore, they are not yet published under the technical scope. Check the ‘notes’ section to see which CAB is in application for the ASC Feed Standard (currently these include: SCS, BVC, CUP, and DNV).
  3. Once the CAB has been accredited, navigation on the ASI website will be clearer. 

Eligibility requirements

Eligibility requirements for single-site ASC certification

Any feed mill seeking to produce ASC compliant feed can apply for ASC single-site certification.

Eligibility requirements for single-site ASC certification:

  • The Unit of Certification is formed by one production site.
  • The Client is capable of signing a binding contract that is legally enforceable.
  • The Client is the owner of the ASC product.
  • The Client is the only entity authorised to sell ASC product.
  • All prerequisites for the initial audit are met (see Section 6 of Feed RUoC).

Not eligible:

  • A site that has a withdrawn ASC certificate or has failed an ASC certification audit within the previous 12 months.
  • An applicant successfully prosecuted in the last 24 months for:
    • carrying out fraudulent activities confirmed by the statutory authority,
    • use or involvement of child labour, slavery, human trafficking or forced labour.
Eligibility requirements for multi-site ASC certification

Multi-site certification is for feed mills seeking ASC certification for multiple sites. The benefits of this type of certification are:

  • You can have more than one site ASC certified at one time.
  • The audit burden will be reduced compared to applying for single-site certification for multiple sites separately.

Eligibility requirements for multi-site ASC certification:

  • Your organisation is one legal entity with a designated central office.
  • All sites are owned or subcontracted by the applying Client.
  • All sites are located within the same country.
  • All prerequisites for initial audit are met (see Section 6 of Feed RUoC)

Not eligible: 

  • Sites that have had a previous ASC certificate withdrawn in the past 12 months.
  • An applicant successfully prosecuted in the last 24 months for:
    • carrying out fraudulent activities confirmed by the statutory authority,
    • use or involvement of child labour, slavery, human trafficking or forced labour.

2 types of production models

Feed mills can use one or both of two accepted production models to produce ASC compliant feed: the Mass Balance Production Model (containing both eligible and non-eligible ingredients) or the Segregation Production Model (containing only eligible ingredients). There is also the possibility to use both production models in one feed mill.

Mass Balance Production Model

Requirements:

  • Have an ingredient approval process.
  • Have an accounting system in place to ensure volumes of incoming eligible ingredients cover the volumes of outgoing feed produced under the mass balance production model.
  • Carry out mass balance calculation annually.
  • No minimum percentage of eligible ingredients required.
  • Cannot use the ASC label on feed labels or feed documentation.
Segregation Production Model

Requirements:

  • Have an ingredient approval process. 
  • Physical Identification and segregation of eligible ingredients from non-eligible ingredients throughout all stages of production.
  • Documented traceability system in place. 
  • Can use the ASC logo on feed labels/documentation 

Request Your License

Feed producing companies who have an ASC feed certificate must sign a feed license agreement. This can be completed anytime during the certification process or immediately after gaining certification.

Request a license

Once you’ve signed a feed license agreement, you are liable to pay fees on an annual basis (January-December).

Our ASC Logo/Claim User Guide for ASC certified feed mills provides further details on the license fee, as well as guidance for using the ASC label and/or ASC claims for compliant feed products and promotional or other materials.

Reporting Your Data

ASC uses a digital platform called MyASC for all certified entities to report requested certification data, register products and get your product labels approved. Once a feed mill has signed a contract with a CAB, feed mills can request a new user login by sending an email to myasc@asc-aqua.org

Further information on using MyASC can be found in the MyASC user-guide for Feed mills. All reporting templates can be found below.

During the ASC certification process, potential and current certificate holders submit data as evidence of conformance with ASC requirements and for the purpose of transparency under the ASC certification programme. ASC manages and utilises these non-personal data on social and environmental performance for monitoring and evaluation and review and revision of our certification and assurance programmes.

ASC adheres to strict processes in the privacy (ASC Privacy Policy) and protection (ASC GDPR Data Protection Policy) of personal data. ASC may share non-personal data in aggregate for research purposes; personal data of any kind are never shared.

Training

Formal training modules are under development. Some of these modules will be mandatory for ASC certified feed mill staff or other persons undertaking due diligence and internal audits, as per the competency requirements described in Annex C of the Feed Requirements for Unit of Certification (RUoC).

There are many details to consider when starting your journey towards ASC certification. We are here to support you. Please reach out to standards@asc-aqua.org with any technical queries or translation requests. The best time to reach out to us is before you hire a CAB. For any training queries, please contact training@asc-aqua.org

Tools

Documents

Normative documents for feed mills
Supporting documents for feed mills:
Reporting templates for feed mills:
Documents for CABs:

If you cannot find a document listed, please consult ASC’s Controlled Document Master List.

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