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Process to Review CIPRO’s Audit Report of ANSI Accredited Certification Bodies for the GlobalGAP Program

PUBLIC PROCEDURE PRO-PR-160-GGAP Issued: 2016-4-21, Revision: 1

References PRO-FR-134: PRO Assessor Qualification Requirements and Record
PRO-PL-101: Policy and Criteria for Accreditation of Product Certification Programs
PRO-PL-102: Manual of Operations for Accreditation of Product Certification Programs
PRO-PR-103: Remote Assessment Procedure for Product Certification Accreditation
PRO-PR-140-GGAP: Sector Specific Accreditation program for GLOBALGAP - Program
ISO 19011:2002, Guidelines for quality and/or environmental management systems auditing
ISO/IEC 17000:2004, Conformity assessment - Vocabulary and general principles
ISO/IEC 17011:2004, Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies
ISO/IEC 17065:2012, Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services
Contents
1Objective
1.1This procedure describes the activities to be implemented by the ANSI product certification accreditation program in response to requirements of the GLOBALG.A.P. Certification Integrity Program (CIPRO).
2Definitions
2.1As a general rule, definitions of ISO/IEC Guide 17000 and ISO 9000 are applicable.
2.2SCOPE OF ACCREDITATION: Scope of accreditation of a certification body means the area(s) of competence for which the body's certification activity is covered by accreditation.
2.3CONFORMITY ASSESSMENT: demonstration that specified requirements relating to a product process, system, person or body are fulfilled.
2.4ASSESSOR: Person qualified with respect to ANSI ACP requirements to perform accreditation assessments to a standard/requirement and who complies with ANSI ACP requirements.
2.5LEAD ASSESSOR: Person qualified with respect to ANSI ACP requirements to perform accreditation assessments with respect to ISO/IEC 17065 and who is responsible for leading a team of assessors during the assessment of a certification body and to reports the findings to ANSI ACP. A Lead Assessor can also be a technical expert.
2.6TECHNICAL EXPERT: any individual who is generally accepted by peers as being competent in a specific subject area(s) and qualified by ANSI as expert in accordance with specific requirements. (Can be qualified as a Assessor or Lead Assessor as well)
2.7ASSESSMENT TEAM: persons affiliated with ANSI who is responsible for successfully implementing the assessment of the certification body. The team consists of the ANSI staff, assessors and experts.
2.8SURVEILLANCE: set of activities, except reassessment, to monitor the continued fulfillment by accredited certification bodies of requirements for accreditation.
2.9WITNESS ASSESSMENT: assessment of the certification body as the CB auditor/inspector carries out conformity assessment services within the scope of accreditation.
2.10CERTIFICATION INTEGRITY PROGRAM (CIPRO) AUDIT: established by FoodPlus to verify, maintain and where necessary increase the value of the GlobalG.A.P certificates by ensuring the producers and certified products comply with the GlobalG.A.P certification scheme.
2.11CIPRO SCOPE: includes all accredited GlobalG.A.P scopes, sub scopes and benchmarked schemes and any incidence that could affect the integrity of the certification body certificate.
2.12ANSI ACCREDITATION COMMITTEE: Committee established by the ANSI Board of Directors with responsibility for the operational aspects of ANSI's accreditation programs and related activities, except as otherwise provided in the ANSI Bylaws or in procedures approved by the ANSI CAPC (Conformity Assessment Policy Committee) and the ANSI Board of Directors.
2.13EVALUATION TASK GROUP: A group of 2-3 volunteers selected from ACC members who review the accreditation process inputs and make recommendations on accreditations, extensions or reductions in scope, and suspensions or withdrawals of accreditations.
3Method
3.1CIPRO Notification
3.1.1The ANSI product accreditation program receives notification from GLOBALG.A.P that the CIPRO is planning to conduct an audit of an ANSI accredited certification body.
3.1.2The CIPRO audit may be conducted at the:
a)Accredited certification body headquarters or satellite office; and/or
b)Supplier of GLOBALG.A.P. Certified Products
3.2ANSI Notification to the Accredited Certification Body
3.2.1ANSI shall send to the accredited certification body the notification received from the CIPRO program within 10 days of receipt.
3.2.2ANSI shall notify the accredited certification body, in writing, of the decision by the ANSI Program Director to participate or not to participate as an observer of the CIPRO audit.
3.2.3In the event that the CIPRO audit yields any non-conformities, ANSI shall notify the accredited certification body of any follow-up visits to be conducted by ANSI to assess that the corrective/preventive actions proposed by the accredited certification body have been implemented.
3.3ANSI Notification to the CIPRO Program
3.3.1ANSI shall notify the CIPRO representative if an ANSI assessor will be assigned to participate as an observer in CIPRO audit.
3.3.2ANSI shall also notify GLOBALG.A.P of any actions taken by the ANSI accreditation program as a result of the audit conducted by the GLOBALG.A.P CIPRO auditors.
3.4Receipt and Review of the CIPRO Report
3.4.1Upon receipt of the CIPRO audit report from GLOBALG.A.P, the ANSI product certification staff shall review the findings from the CIPRO audit.
3.4.2If the CIPRO report reveals that there are no systemic problems, ANSI product certification staff shall request that the accredited certification body provide to ANSI their corrective and preventive action plans.
3.4.3If the CIPRO audit report reveals systemic problems, ANSI shall assign a Lead Assessor/Technical Expert to conduct a follow up assessment to verify implementation of the corrective and preventative action plan within 30 days.
3.4.4In all cases ANSI shall request a teleconference with the accredited certification body representative to discuss the results of the CIPRO report, including any issued nonconformities.
3.5ANSI Follow-Up Assessment
3.5.1ANSI shall appoint an Evaluation Task Group to monitor the ANSI follow-up assessment process.
3.5.2In the event that the Evaluation Task Group deems it necessary to conduct a follow-up assessment, ANSI shall assigned a Lead assessor/Technical expert to conduct the follow-up assessment to determine if the accredited certification body has implemented the corrective and preventative action plans sufficiently in response to the CIPRO audit findings.
3.6Results of the ANSI Follow-up Assessment
3.6.1At the conclusion of the ANSI follow-up assessment the ANSI-assigned assessment team shall develop an assessment report to detail their findings.
3.6.2ANSI shall submit the final version of the assessment report to the accredited certification body and the Evaluation Task Group Members for their review.
3.6.3If the ANSI follow-up assessment results in a determination by the Evaluation Task Group that the accredited certification body has not implemented their proposed corrective and preventative action plans, ANSI staff shall follow/implement the product accreditation program policies and procedure for the suspension and withdrawal of the accreditation, as applicable.
3.7ANSI Continuous Improvement
3.7.1In all cases the ANSI product certification program will take into consideration the results of the CIPRO audit as valid input for future assessments of the accredited certification body, as well as for the continuous improvement of the ANSI product accreditation program for the GLOBALG.A.P certification scheme.

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