QS for agriculture and the feed and meat sector

The Additional control plan Aflatoxin B1 has been revised with effect from 20 November 2017.

Please take the opportunity and get an impression of the guidelines valid from January 2018. Until 30th of November every scheme participant, auditor and all other interested...

The QS database is the centerpiece of QS’s data-based quality assurance. All data from QS audits as well as from feed and residue monitorings are centrally stored...

Every month, new companies decide to participate in the QS scheme and thus give a signal to their customers that all their operational processes are checked by...

QS, AIC, GMP+ and OVOCOM have agreed upon a joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with French standard owner Oqualim, which specifies the terms and conditions for a...

On 23 October 2017 the Additional Control Plan for Aflatoxin B1 has been revised. The revised Control Plan includes a new risk classification for Slovakia and for...

As of now, apart from feed description, specifications regarding suppliers as well as product and trade names can be entered in the QS database for feed that...

From food retail through meat processing and livestock farming to the strict inspection by unbiased certification bodies – with their daily work, more than 100,000 QS scheme...

Systematic quality assurance from farm to shop

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The QS inspection scheme guarantees quality assurance across all stages in the production of meat and meat products. This begins with the analysis of feed and continues in cattle, pigs an poultry farming businesses which keep cattle, pigs and poultry. The subsequent production and trading stages are also subject to controls all the way through to the shop counters in food retail stores.

Only products which have passed through all stages of the QS scheme may be labelled with the QS certification mark. This means that the blue certification mark stands for seamless quality assurance – from farm to shop.

More information on the structure of the inspection system

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The QS certification mark: symbol for food you can trust:


The blue QS certification mark stands for quality assurance with independent inspections from farm to shop. It may only be used on products from QS scheme participants who are eligible to deliver, and it is therefore important that it is used in a uniform manner. The relevant documents are to be submitted for approval prior to printing, preparation of advertising material, packaging material, signs, letterheads etc...

You can find more information on use of the QS certification mark in our login area.

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Leitfaeden Kommentierung

Commenting Phase 2015

This year’s commenting phase on the scheme manual for the English guidelines is from 17. to 28. November. QS invites every scheme participant, auditor and all other interested persons to read and comment the documents for the supply chain meat and meat products. We will carefully check all comments and hints and answer them individually.

Coordinators in the QS scheme: key partners for quality assurance

Coordinators organise participation in the QS scheme for, among other parties, pig, cattle and poultry farming businesses as well as for livestock transporters. They are also responsible for implementation of the compulsory monitoring programmes. They are the link in the chain between the businesses and QS.

If you would like to participate in the QS scheme through a coordinator, you can choose a coordinator from our lists and contact him.

If you would like to participate in the QS scheme as a coordinator, contact the QS head office.

Information for coordinators (agriculture, livestock transport)

List of coordinators

Refer to the following lists for details of coordinators who are QS-approved and can organise scheme participation for you:

QS monitoring programmes: timely identify and avoid risks

QS scheme participants take part in wide-ranging monitoring programmes. Systematic evaluation of the data from these programmes helps to ensure early identification and reliable assessment of potential risks related to the safety of food and feed. If test results are not in line with the required parameters, we work together with scheme participants where necessary to implement measures to prevent risks to humans or animals.


Actively manage incidents and crises

Systematic quality assurance is the best crisis prevention: by providing clearly defined requirements and efficient control mechanisms, QS helps to ensure that crises do not occur in the first place. Nevertheless, it is still possible for unforeseen events to occur in production and marketing, and QS has built up a comprehensive incident and crisis management system for such events.

Experienced crisis managers support the scheme participants - on both an operational level and in the area of crisis communication. Please use the adjacent forms to report incidents.

More information about the incident management