Australian Livestock Processing Industry Animal Welfare Certification System (AAWCS)

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Introduction

The Australian Livestock Processing Industry Animal Welfare Certification System (AAWCS) is an independently audited certification program used to demonstrate compliance with the industry best practice animal welfare standards titled the 'Industry Animal Welfare Standards for Livestock Processing Establishments Preparing Meat for Human Consumption' (The Standards) the content of which is managed by AMIC.


The AAWCS has been developed to help Australian livestock processing establishments demonstrate to Industry, Australian and overseas regulators, and   above all customers and consumers of Australian meat products their commitment to Industry's best practice animal welfare system at their establishment.


Participation in the AAWCS is voluntary and available to any processing establishment in Australia that processes the major commercially farmed species including cattle and calves, sheep, pigs, deer, goats, buffalo and horses (excluding poultry).


Who Administers the AAWCS

AMIC has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding with AUS-MEAT Limited giving AUS-MEAT the authority to administer and manage the certification program on behalf of the Australian Livestock Processing Industry via the Australian Meat Industry Language and Standards Committee (AMILSC).


AUS-MEAT's role is to approve suitably qualified auditors for the program, administer an audit program to verify conformance with the Standards and to maintain a register of participating establishments. AUS-MEAT also administer use of the AAWCS Trademark on behalf of Industry. AUS-MEAT will also institute corrective actions where breaches occur in accordance with the Rules.


Certification will be annual following an independent verification audit by a suitably qualified auditor approved by AUS-MEAT.


Auditors who can conduct AAWCS audits do not have to be employed by AUSMEAT; however they must meet set competency criteria, have completed arelevant auditor training course and have been approved by AUS-MEAT. This ensures there is a consistent standard of auditing of the AAWCS requirements across enterprises thus protecting the integrity of the program and participants from potential auditor inconsistencies.


Key Benefits and Principles of the AAWCS

To provide assurance to your customers, regulators, industry and the general community that your establishment is operating to a system based on best practice animal welfare standards which are independently audited;Exclusive access to the AAWCS Trademark which can be used to promote that your processing establishment as AAWCS certified and that your meat products have been processed in accordance within the scope and requirements of the AAWCS and the 'Industry Animal Welfare Standards for Livestock processing Establishments Preparing Meat for Human Consumption' (the Standards);
Confidence that you can demonstrate that your establishment is meeting, and indeed exceeding Australia's current minimum regulated standards at processing; and
is available to AUS-MEAT accredited and non AUS-MEAT accredited establishments.

Core Elements of the AAWCS

The AAWCS comprises two core elements:


1. 'Industry Animal Welfare Standards for Livestock processing Establishments Preparing Meat for Human Consumption' (The Standards) administered through the AMIC/AMPC Animal Welfare Standards Review Committee; and

2. 'AUS-MEAT Animal Welfare (AW) Certification Program Rules for Livestock Processing Establishments' (The Rules) administered by the Australian Meat Industry Language and Standards Committee through AUS-MEAT

Livestock Processing Establishments who choose to participate in the AAWCS choose to comply with the requirements within these core elements.

 

Documents and Links

For a copy of the AUS-MEAT (AW) Certification Program Application Form , Click Click Here

For a copy of the AUS-MEAT (AW) Certification Program Rules, Click Click Here

To search for AAWCS Accredited Establishments Click here

To contact the AUS-MEAT Animal Welfare Certification Program Manager use this link. ausmeat@ausmeat.com.au or ring 0733619200

 

Industry Animal Welfare Standards

Link to AMIC website for AAWCS Information and Standards


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