The number of samples depends on the amount (weight) of the total traded QS goods. This is irrespective of whether the product is labeled with the QS certification mark or not. The samples must be taken within one year and can be taken according to the seasonal rise. You can find the number of samples that must be taken in the control plan. E.g., if a product is classified in risk group 1, one sample per each 2500t has to be taken. If a product is classified in risk group 9, one sample per each 65t has to be taken. However, at least one sample must be taken when QS goods are bought. This applies even if a smaller amount of QS goods is bought as it is listed in the control plan.
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.
Regular sample: The regular sample complies with the provisions of the control plan. Additional analysis methods can be requested here, but the scope of the analyses cannot be reduced. The samples must always be taken from products that are ready for harvest and respectively sale. The sampling can be taken either before or after harvest. If results are not entered for all of the requested methods by the laboratory, the sample cannot be completed and therefore does not count among the target number of samples to be submitted by the scheme participant.
Release Sample: The release sample is made in the course of a complained regular sample. In this way, the scheme participant can restore the eligibility to deliver into the QS scheme for the complained product. The analysis methods are freely selectable here.
Voluntary Sample:Voluntary samples are not included in the target number of samples that a company must draw in accordance with the control plan. They can be used for the cluster analysis of particularly high-risk areas or for all analyses where the scope of the method does not fully comply with the provisions of the control plan.
Pre-harvest sample: Pre-harvest samples are not included in the target number of samples that a company must draw in accordance with the control plan . The samples are taken from products that are not ready for harvest and respectively sale. Perhaps the waiting period is not completely observed yet. They can be used for the estimation of the residue situation in the product.