Becoming a QS scheme participant
Therefor you have to contact a QS-approved coordinator of your choice. He is your first point of contact and will advise you on all questions relating to the QS scheme: He will help you with the registration, organize the audits and arrange your participation.
A list of the QS coordinators, every for the scheme participation relevant guidelines and checklists as well as supporting documents, sample forms and further information can be found here.
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If you are a wholesaler and would like to participate in the QS scheme, you can register via the QS database, where you can choose an approved certification body that will perform the audit on your premises. The same applies to agencies and packing stations.
After a successful audit, the certification body enters the result in the QS database. You will then be sent the QS scheme agreement for signing. Once the agreement has been signed, you are entitled to trading/handling QS goods.
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If you are a preparation and/or processing company or a trading company with preparation/processing and would like to participate in the QS scheme, you can register in the QS database. There you can select an approved certification body to carry out the audit at your company. After a successful audit, the certification body enters the result in the QS database. You will then receive the QS scheme agreement to sign. After conclusion of the contract you are eligible to trade QS goods.
If, as a QS-GAP certified grower, you produce soup greens or carry out peeling processes and wish to market these processed, possibly packaged products as QS goods, please contact your coordinator.
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In order to receive the delivery authorization for the QS System, your company must be certified according the QS guideline Logistics Fruit, Vegetables and Potatoes. Alternatively, participation can take via a certificate recognised by QS. This includes IFS Logistics, IFS Food and IFS Cash&Carry/Wholesale.
For the transport of unpacked, loose potatoes and onions as bulk goods or goods in bulk packs, the right to deliver into the QS system can also be obtained by a certification according to the QS guideline Feed Sector (production scope road transport) or certification according to GMP+ (scope road transport).
The participation via a recognized certificate takes place by the responsible certification body entering the runtime of the IFS or GMP+ certificate in the QS database.
Regardless of which certification system you want to use to participate in the QS system, you must register your company in the QS database and sign a declaration of participation with your certification body.
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Coordinators are the first point of contact for producers. They are the link between the farms and QS.
Coordinators actively support their farms: They advise the farms on all questions concerning the QS scheme, maintain the master data in the QS database and arrange for independent inspections on the farms. The coordinators also carry out residue monitoring at the production stage.
Any natural or legal entity can become a coordinator. Producers' associations or federations, regional organizations or consulting providers are eligible to become coordinators in the QS scheme.
If you would like to become a coordinator, get in contact with QS and and register via the QS database, where you can also choose a certification body to perform the audit on your company.
You can find all information relevant to the scheme participation here.
Note: Please note that activities as a coordinator are completely independent of any trading activities of the company.
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