Food industry is, undeniably, a strategic sector for Spanish economy. As a result, accredited testing services are the most useful and powerful tool for this sector to respond to its constant commercial challenges with the greatest assurance.

Tests performance in diverse areas- such as food safety- is crucial to demonstrate the compliance of the manufacturers and other food operators with the regulatory requirements of the European Union or third countries to which food products and goods are exported.

Another aspect where accreditation plays an important role in this sector is product certification, which has significantly increased in recent years, in both regulated and voluntary field. Key aspects in this regard include EU legislation on organic products, protected designations of origin and geographical indications (for wine and food), traditional specialities (such as serrano ham) and the requirements of national legislation in areas such as Integrated Production, Iberian pork products, exports to third countries (non-EU), for which accreditation plays a central role. The same applies to voluntary certification, where a number of schemes required for national or international distribution have emerged. These include GlobalG.A.P., BRC, IFS and QS, which require the participation of accredited certification bodies and, despite being firstly focused on the food industry, now include transportation, logistics, agents/brokers, etc.

Do you perform self-assessments?

Accreditation is not only beneficial for companies requiring external evaluation services. Internal assessment, especially the activity performed by internal laboratories (about quality control, product development, etc.) can also use accreditation as a tool to provide additional guarantees in the reliability of their results. This leads to an increase in security and confidence about the safety of the produced items and, therefore, to an increase in the confidence both the authorities, the distributors and the consumers have in the assessed products.

This is why food industry companies such as Pescanova España, Borges, Europastry, Cooperativas Orensanas (COREN), Dagu, Sovena España, Alhóndiga de la Unión, Guissona, Trouw Nutrition España (Nutreco Group), Acor or Alter rely on accredited assessment services (either internal or external) to perform their tests.

Accreditation is an essential tool to have the necessary guarantees in the results of analysis and certifications we handle daily to manage our food safety and quality matters. Undoubtedly, accredited suppliers provide us with a security level we would not be able to have otherwise.

Luis Plà, Quality Director, Mercadona (Spanish grocery stores chain)

Accredited services

These are some examples of accredited services regarding food industry: determination of the composition, characteristics and quality of food, food manufacturing processes control, animal and plant health control, organoleptic evaluation on fertilisers or sensory products, animal welfare inspections, compliance with Good Laboratory Practices (GLP) principles, protected designations of origin (PDO), protected geographical designation (PGI) and traditional specialities guaranteed certifications (TSG) certifications, integrated production and organic production certification, private schemes such as GlobalG.A.P., BRC, IFS, QS certification or food safety management systems certification.

Benefits of accreditation

+ Product and service safety
+ Legal security
+ Prestige
+ Savings and efficiency
+ Markets
+ Access to public procurement