QS for logistics service providers
Since January 2013, logistics service providers who transport fruit and vegetables have been able to participate in the QS scheme. Their participation in the scheme indicates that their processes are monitored by independent auditors. The QS requirements focus on hygiene and traceability during transport and pave the way for practice-oriented quality assurance.
You can find the documents for your participation in the QS scheme here:
Participate in the QS scheme
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. Further information can be found in the document "Steps to becoming a scheme participant - Logistics".