You participate in the QS scheme via a so-called coordinator. These are for example producer organizations, agencies or consulting companies. You will find a list of all coordinators under www.q-s.de.
You can choose between being audited against the QS production standard or the QS-GAP standard. With a QS-GAP audit you concurrently meet the GlobalG.A.P. requirements. Due to mutual recognitions with other standards, participating in the QS scheme is also possible with a GlobalG.A.P., Vegaplan- or AMAG.A.P.-certification.
The eligibility of delivery can be checked on the QS website. To do this, go to www.qs-plattform.de/QSSoftware/search.html and click Search: Agriculture/Production. There you can enter your QS-ID or your QS location number and click the button Search. If your company is eligible to deliver, it appears with the corresponding production scope (e.g. outdoor vegetable production) or the approved crops and the registered certification system (e.g. QS-GAP). The name and address of your company will not be displayed.
As a producer you will participate automatically in the QS residue monitoring through your coordinator. He organizes the sampling that either will be made on the horticultural location in the presence of the manager or with his the consent or during the delivery to the market. A sampling by the producer himself or employees is not permitted. The samples must always be taken from fruit, vegetables and potatoes that are ready for harvest and respectively sale. The coordinator also ensures that the data are entered into the QS database.
Participating in the residue monitoring is regardless of whether you participate via a QS audit or an approved audit (e.g. GlobalG.A.P.) in the QS scheme.