Organic Certifications

Organic Produce Certifications – European Commission’s decision to delist Five Certifications Bodies from India over high levels of ETO

ETO level higher than permissible limits – Reason for Delisting

The European Commission has decided to derecognise five certifying bodies (CBs) from giving clearance or ratifying exports of Indian organic products for their failure to meet the ethylene oxide (ETO) norms in consignments, particularly sesame (til/gingelly).

A draft of the European Union Committee on Organic Production (COP) on derecognising the five CBs or certifying agencies was issued in October for comments from various stakeholders. These comments were taken up last week before it took a final call.

With all the European Union (EU) members supporting the move, the COP decided to derecognise the five CBs – four from the EU and one from the US – on November 30.

The decision comes despite hectic lobbying by the EU, the US trade bodies and consultants against any action against the five. Instead, they sought action against the Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority (APEDA).

The EU derecognised the five CBs, which certified over 80 per cent of the organic products exports to the EU, as they had certified some 90 shipments against which the EU Organic Farm Information System (OFIC) issued notifications for ETO level being excess than permitted level 0.1mg/kg.

The five CBs are ECOCERT India Pvt Ltd, CU Inspections Ltd, Indian Organic Certification Agency (Indocert), Lacon Quality Certifications Pvt Ltd – all based in EU – and the US-based OneCert International Private Ltd.

The blacklisting will come into force from January 1, 2022, and will be valid until APEDA removes them from the “high risk category” list they have been placed after being found at fault.

APEDA, which is the competent authority in India to supervise organic certification processes, has also suspended OneCert’s accreditation for one year, while ECOCERT, CU Inspections, IndoCert have been barred from registering any new processor or exporter.

In addition, APEDA has also asked Aditi Organic Certifications to not register any new processor or exporter. The five CBs have also been imposed ₹2-5 lakh penalties.

In its draft, the EU COP said, “Since October 2020, a large number of consignments totalling thousands of tonnes allegedly organic sesame seed contaminated with ethylene oxide have been imported from that third country, in particular from operators controlled by the control bodies supervised by India…”

ETO is considered carcinogenic for humans by the EU and a few other countries, and it is strictly monitored to ensure that shipment of any product conforms to the norms. In the case of India, the presence of the chemical exceeded far more than the permitted level, which the EU felt posed a health risk to its consumers.

The EU derecognition of the five agencies also means that their names should not appear in APEDA’s list of CBs recognised by it. The derecognition is unlikely to affect exports of organic products – as feared by the EU and US trade bodies – from India as there are 28 other CBs, Indian and foreign, that can fill in the void.

Source : https://newonnews.com/ec-ratifies-move-to-derecognise-five-agencies-certifying-organic-exports-from-india/

Global focus on Product/Service Quality and Safety has undergone a dramatic change after the pandemic crisis across the globe. Quality and Safety of Global Public Goods call for International Alignment of Standards, Certifications, Testing norms etc to ensure that Consumers Health, Safety and Wellbeing is not compromised.

Responsible Production is the Global Call of Action and the it’s the Responsibility of the Global Markets to ensure availability of Responsible Supply Chain as a Consumer Welfare measure.  Global economy is moving towards Borderless Economy and many countries will have market access to global markets due to supply chain shortages. The countries which assure Authentic and Responsible Supply Chains will have strong acceptance across the globe.

We, in India too are seeing a huge surge in exports as well as in imports of Products and Services and how do we ensure that Consumers are assured of Quality and Safe Products and Services in domestic as well as in International Markets.

European Union is the largest market for Indian Exporters and businesses strive hard to create market space for their products and services. Earning and Retaining Customer Loyalty, Recognition and Reputation at market place is not an easy ride for any business. Its the reasonability and duty of industry bodies, industry associations to work in coordination with Regulators like APEDA and ensure that wrong trade practices by businesses, Certification Agencies should be questioned.

Regulators, Accreditation Bodies, Certification Agencies, Industry , Consultants are the key stakeholders to this process and all have to work in alignment , incordination to ensure that Responsible Supply Chains are made available for domestic as well as for global markets.

Issuance of Certifications is an Assurance to the market place that Products that are Certified for Quality are Safe for Consumption. When this process gets compromised, consumers faith and trust on Quality will erode.

World Quality Month Programs

WORLD QUALITY MONTH – INDUSTRY CONNECT KNOWLEDGE SERIES – WEBINARS

Global focus on Product/Service Quality and Safety has undergone a dramatic change after the pandemic crisis across the globe.

Quality and Safety of Global Public Goods call for International Alignment of Standards, Certifications, Testing norms etc to ensure that Consumers Health, Safety and Well being is not compromised.

Responsible Production is the Global Call of Action and the it’s the Responsibility of the Global Markets to ensure Responsible Supply Chain as Consumer Welfare measure.  Global economy is moving towards Borderless Economy and many countries will have market access to global markets due to supply chain shortages. The countries which assure Authentic and Responsible Supply Chains will have strong acceptance across the globe. 

India too is seeing a huge surge in exports as well as in imports of Products and Services and how do to ensure that Consumers are assured of Quality and Safe Products and Services in domestic as well as in International Markets.

It is in this context that Consultants Consortium of Chennai (CCC) is rolling out series of Knowledge Sessions to Celebrate the November Month of Quality by connecting Industry and Stakeholders to various sessions which are the need of the hour programs.

CCC has scheduled 6 sessions spread , across the month of November, starting from November 11th 2021 till end of the month. Multiple sessions covering various sectors are scheduled.

CCC will keep communicating and inviting all stakeholders and industry to the sessions. Sessions will have the support of industry, academia, young entrepreneurs, innovators forums and various other stakeholder organizations.

This information is being shared to facilitate industry, academia, startups, Management Systems Consultants and various other stakeholders to register for the sessions . 

Sessions are conducted through Virtual Mode and there is NO REGISTRATION FEE.

SESSION 1 – NOVEMBER 11TH 2021, THURSDAY- 4 :00 PM – 5:30 PM

TOPIC – RESPONSIBLE QUALITY CERTIFICATIONS

Delegate Registration Link :

Registered Delegates shall receive autogenerated registration link from Zoom id. Please check your spam folders too if you do not receive the mail in your in box.

For further assistance , email to – contact@ccc-consultants.org

SESSION 2 – NOVEMBER 13TH 2021, SATURDAY – 4 :00 PM – 5:30 PM

TOPIC – Accessing Global Markets – Role of Private Certifications in Food Sector

Delegate Registration Link :

Registered Delegates shall receive autogenerated registration link from Zoom id. Please check your spam folders too if you do not receive the mail in your in box.

For further assistance , email to – contact@ccc-consultants.org

WORLD QUALITY MONTH SERIES – SUPPORTING BY INDUSTRY ASSNS, CHAMBERS

Sustainable Solutions – Startups

Flagship Annual International Knowledge Millenium Conference

#IKMC2021

Shaping Sustainability: Investing in Our Future IKP’s Flagship Annual International Knowledge Millennium Conference

Undoubtedly, and undeniably, sustainable development is the greatest challenge of our age. From climate change and environmental degradation, poverty and disease to an increasing material and resources footprint – the global society continues to face ecological problems old and new.

How can we power the shift to sustainable practices? Why is it important to account for the value of nature in our balance sheets?

With Shaping Sustainability: Investing in Our Future as its theme, IKMC2021, IKPs flagship annual International Knowledge Millennium Conference, will deliberate virtually on these issues with curated sessions led by thought leaders.

When ?

Oct 28th – 29th 2021

More info – https://ikmc2021.com/

Register – http://bit.ly/SHAPINGSUSTAINABILITY

#ikpknowledgepark#ikplifesciencespark#sustainabilitychallenge#sustainability #sustainabilitymatters#sustainabilitygoals #buinesssustaibaility ##sustainablesolutions#sustainalityconference

Laboratory Excellence Award

Prof. S.K. Joshi Laboratory Excellence Award from QCI NBQP

Prof. S.K. Joshi – Laboratory Excellence Award has been instituted to promote Laboratory Quality and performance improvement in the country. The award has been incepted to ensure the laboratory’s commitment to achieve excellence in providing high precision testing and calibration services in line with the prevalent national/international quality systems legislations including Health, Safety, Environment (HSE).

The Award is to recognize Laboratories (Testing, Medical and Calibration) those have established outstanding achievements in the field of Quality in services and benchmarked in their domain for their best practices

Eligibility:

1.This award is open to all currently operational Laboratories pertaining to Testing, Calibration & Medical including their Proficiency Testing Providers & Reference Material Producers located in India.
2.Participating labs are required to operate the applicable Quality System according to the requirements as stipulated in ISO 17025/ISO 15189/ISO 17043/ISO 17034, regarding its implementation and monitoring.
3. The award require labs to operate with proper HSE measures.
4.The Laboratory should not have been convicted by any Court.
5.A Laboratory once awarded can be considered only after a period of 3 Years

The 5 stages of assessment by Technical Expert Committee (TEC) are as follows:-

Stage 1: Application Document Evaluation
Stage 2: Physical/Virtual Presentation
Stage 3: Site Assessment / verification
Stage 4: Evaluation through Reference check of customer in special case
Stage 5: Inputs to Jury for final evaluation

Assessment Criteria

The assessment of the application submitted by the laboratory is made on the basis of various parameters which have been identified by a team of experts from NBQP/QCI.

Primary Parameters:

  1. Management Commitment – Qualification, Experience, Training & Innovation, Quality Improvement and skill upgradation.
  2. Strategy – Accreditation for entire Laboratory activities (to ensure Sustainability).
  3. Processes – Standard Method (National/International), Validation/Verification, Equipment/Techniques used and Measurement Traceability to SI units.
  4. Infrastructure & Quality Control Resources – Facilities and Environmental Conditions (Innovation for enhancing Good Laboratories Practices) owned by Lab. Use of Certified Reference material, Proficiency Testing Program participation and Inter-Laboratory Comparison and other QC checks.
  5. Customer Complaints, Feedback and Improvement – Diagnosis of the problem (Root Cause Analysis & Quality tools deployed)
  6. Key Results/Satisfaction – Reports, Customer Results, Society Results and Employee Satisfaction. Tangible benefits, intangible benefits or socio economic and environmental benefits

Terms & Conditions Of The Award:

1. Non – disclosure and confidentiality
I. The names of the applicants, evaluation and scoring system developed for the assessment process will be regarded as proprietary and kept confidential. Such information shall be made available only to those individuals who will be directly involved in the assessment and administrative process and shall not be disclosed.
II. QCI will not disclose the details about the shortlisted/non-shortlisted laboratories at any stage of the assessment. The qualified laboratories will be notified via e-mail/call by the QCI office directly.
2. Any misinterpretation of facts will disqualify the laboratories from Awards.
3. Applications received with incomplete data will not qualify.
4. Any Award applicant and Awardee cannot use the NBQP and QCI logo in anyway that suggests that QCI is affiliated with, sponsors, approves or endorses you, your organization, your websites, your products or your services etc.

Application Fees

There is no Application Fees

Award Presenatation

The awards will be presented during a special Award Ceremony

Where to Apply ?

Award Details

check here to know more about various awards and details

When is the Last date for applying ?

Last date for submitting the application form is 16th November 2021

For any queries, contact :

Source – https://labexcellenceaward.qcin.org/Home.aspx

Fee Update from NABL

Revised Fee Structure effective for all applications received on/after 01.10.2021 Posted on 01.10.2021

NABL has released revised Fee Structure for all applications received on or after 1/10/2021 . This is applicable for all Testing and Calibration Labs.

All applicant labs and Accredited, Certified Labs have to make a note of the same.

Download the notification from here .

OKRs Focus in Businesses

Webinar on OKRs – Growth Strategy for your Business Sep 17th 2021 – Friday – 3PM – 4PM

“Ideas are Easy. Execution is Everything” – John Doerr

How OKRs help 1000s of companies accelerate growth

O – Objectives
K – Key
R – Results

What is OKR ?

Objectives and Key Results (OKR) are a goal-setting framework that helps organizations define goals — or objectives — and then track the outcome.

OKR is a concept widely accepted in the digital landscape as well as offline market to inspire and motivate their employees. It answers the major questions like:

  • Where do I want to go?
  • How do I pace myself to see if I am getting there?

OKRs provide organizational focus to teams and help in drastically improving productivity.

Download a brief note on OKR to understand a little about the same :

Session Focus

How to introduce OKRs for your Organization?
– A Case Study Presentation

Target Audience

CXOs / Founders / Chief of Staff / Strategy Leaders

Program Agenda

Speaker Session – 40 minutes
Q & A – 20 minutes

Webinar Outcome

  • What are OKRs ?
  • Why are OKRs being adopted by CXOs globally?
  • A case study presentation – An OKRs implementation story

Registration

No Registration Fee but prior registration is a must.

Registered Participants shall get confirmation mail 2 days before the program.

Registration Link :

Contact Co-ordinate

D C Sriram
RVK Business Advisory Services P Ltd
Email – contact@virtualadvisor.in
WA – +91 9150061418

Download Program Brochure

Virtual Advisor on Social Media

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5_HedmdImYZ-9hxgv27LYg/featured

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INFOSAN Alert dated 01st July 2021 – FSSAI announcement

Detection of Salmonella in dried Oregano from Chile [Updated on:05-07-2021]

International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) Alert

International Food Safety Authorities Network – INFOSAN issued an alert regarding the detection of Salmonella in Sweden in dried oregano from Chile. The International Food Safety Authorities Network (INFOSAN) is a global network of national food safety authorities, managed jointly by FAO and WHO.

This product has been imported to India by Keya Foods International PVT LTD and distributed within India. 

The Food Safety and Standard Authority of India (FSSAI) on July 1, 2021 has advised all states food authority to recall the dried Oregano from the market, as the INFOSAN detected of Salmonella in dried Oregano from Chile. 

Therefore, All the state food authorities are advised to take necessary actions including complete recall of the product from the market. All the consumers are advised not to consume the product and return back if purchased, to the store/shop of purchase. 

Download FSSAI notification from here

FSSAI’s mandate for Food Businesses in the country

FBOs to mention FSSAI Licence No. on Invoice / Bills from Oct 1st, 2021

Come 1st October 2021 Food Business Operators (FBO) to mention FSSAI License or Registration number on every invoice.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has made it mandatory for the FBO’s to declare the 14-digit FSSAI License or Registration number on cash receipts/purchase invoices/cash memo /bills etc.

As per the order dated 8th June 2021, FSSAI mentioned that declaration of the License or Registration number will facilitate the consumers to complain about any grievance with the FBO. Since complaints remain unresolved due to lack of specific information, this move will help consumers who can lodge an online complaint against a particular food business using the FSSAI number.

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued a latest order in this regard 8th June 2021 which can be downloaded here.

Licensing and Registration Authorities are directed to widely publicise the policy and shall ensure its implementation mandatorily with effect from October 2, 2021, the FSSAI order says

Mentioning of FSSAI number shall also improve the overall awareness, the Regulator said. If not mentioned, it will indicate non-compliance or non registration/licensing by the food business.

Stating that the food business ecosystem is large, the regulator said 14-digit FSSAI number of any food business operator is not “easily visible and available on consumer/service recipient.”

If the FSSAI number is not available to consumers, expecting him to complain with complete coordinates is an uphill task. Even regulators find it difficult to trace the origin of complaint and attend to it promptly.

No database can be created without a unique locator code, which in case of food safety is the FSSAI number.

Presently, FSSAI number is compulsory to be displayed on packaged food labels but the issue lies especially in case of establishments such as restaurants, mithai shops, caterers, even retail stores.

Further, the regulator said that it is amending the Food Safety and Standards (FSS) Licensing and Registration of Food Businesses Regulations to mandate display of ‘food safety display boards’ at all times at prominent places in case of restaurants.

However, there remains a deficit of mechanism for consumer to know the FSSAI number of the service/product provider.

In case of pre-packaged food where the manufacturer’s FSSAI number is printed on the pack, there exist a deficit of track and trace mechanism whereby the path of the package from a manufacturer to consumer can be traced. The invoice helps establishing this trail. With mentioning of the FSSAI number will help in improving traceability for food products, the regulator added.

Parakh – Unified Laboratory Network

Launched by DPIIT, Ministry of Commerce, Govt of India – National Network of Laboratories Infrastructure

What is #Parakh ?

#Parakh is a Government of India initiative for mapping of testing and laboratory infrastructure across the country on a unified network of testing laboratories. This is yet another significant step towards enhancing Ease of Doing Business. This portal incorporates all the accredited and recognised laboratories in the country on a Geographic Information System.

This is an interactive and user friendly system to find a Laboratories and Tests based on various parameters a user may require.

This program is a joint initiative of various boards, councils as mentioned below :

MSME
CSIR
DRDO
Textile Committee
NABL
Bureau of Indian Standards
FSSAI
Export Inspection Council, EIC India
APEDA

All types of Testing, Calibration Laboratories which are Recognised and Accredited are found in the portal.

This is an initiative which will benefit all citizens, user communities to have access to information related to various testing labs in the country that tests products or services.

Pandemic crisis has brought out this huge gap in the country’s lab infrastructure related information where no information was available about testing labs for PPEs, Ventilators, various other medical devices, Covid testing labs etc. All stakeholders were shunted from pillar to post hunting to testing labs information. Intense debates, discussions had taken place about lack of information about National Testing Labs Infrastructure. That’s how DPIIT has initiated the process to create the National Network of Laboratories which will immensely benefit not only domestic trade but International Trade as well.

Portal currently has a list of :

  • 6581 laboratories offering testing services related to
    • 60558 products and services
    • following 367209 Test Methods

All Laboratories in the country are open to get their laboratories listed in the portal.

Source – https://parakh.ncog.gov.in/indexpage

World Accreditation Day 2021 Celebrations

Word Accreditation Day Celebrations 2021 – Organised by Consultants Consortium of Chennai

World Accreditation Day 2021

Theme – Accreditation: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

09 June 2021 marks World Accreditation Day (#WAD2021), a global initiative established by IAF and ILAC to promote the value of accreditation. This year’s theme is Accreditation: Supporting the Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The SDGs are at the core of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, a broad and ambitious plan of action with the overarching objective of leaving no one behind. Accreditation, in collaboration with other quality infrastructure institutions, provides the technical foundations that are critical to the functioning of developed and developing societies. It enables industrial development, trade competitiveness in global markets, efficient use of natural and human resources, food safety, and health and environmental protection.

IAF and ILAC have published a joint WAD 2021 statement by the IAF and ILAC Chairs, a brochure and a poster:

In addition, three videos with the themes of People, Planet and Prosperity will be released on the IAF-ILAC Youtube channel in mid-May. These three pillars group the SDGs according to common goals and are reflective of publications from UNIDOOECD and UNDP.

The Public Sector Assurance and Business Benefits websites, which contain case studies, research and supporting materials demonstrating the benefits and value of accreditation, also now feature an option for searching by SDG. 

While the COVID-19 pandemic may again disrupt physical WAD events, we encourage everyone to celebrate with us online using the hashtag #WAD2021 and to contact your local accreditation body for further details on local media and online seminars and programs they may be organising.

Source : https://www.iaf.nu/articles/World_Accreditation_Day_2021/685

About Consultants Consortium of Chennai – CCC :

Consultants Consortium of Chennai (CCC) is an Association of Management Systems Consultants, registered under the Tamil nadu Societies Registration Act, 1975.

The Key Objective of CCC is to work in alignment with the National Quality Mission launched by the Government of India by educating the industry about the role and importance of Standards, Certifications and Regulations in the country as well as in the global markets.

CCC strives to encourage Responsible Consulting through Members of its Association and focus is to Standardize Consulting Practices in alignment with changing market and industry needs in a dynamic manner.

The focus is also to identify areas and industries in which the consultants in the profession of Management Systems Consulting can contribute to the betterment of the society and the country and to promote Management Systems Consulting in such areas or industries.

One of the core objectives is to collaborate with various Industry platforms, Trade Associations, Chambers of Commerce, Management Associations, Apex Bodies of Government or Quasi Government Organization to contribute to the betterment of the industry initiatives, which will in turn contribute to the betterment of the society.

Webinar Series organised by CCC :

CCC has organised #WAD2020 successfully. Same initiative is planned by CCC for 2021 as well.
CCC has tentatively scheduled a week long sessions with following topics :

Registrations :

Entry is free for all Management Systems Consultants, Technical Experts, Industry Experts, Professionals, Industry Members, Academia , Students, Members of Trade & Industry Associations

Program Dates are listed above.

Registration Link :

Prior Regn is a MUST for Participation. All regd participants will get email confirmations 2 days before the commencement of the sessions.

For queries on Regns, email can be sent to :

Ms Rama Venugopal – contact@ccc-consultants.org – +919840870532
Mr D Srikanthan – secretariat@ccc-consultants.org – +919003056539

Do visit CCC Website for regular updates – http://ccc-consultants.org/wad-2021-celebrations/