The British Egg Industry Council has set out guidance on the new auditing arrangements for the Lion Code of Practice from 7 January 2019.
The changes are designed to ensure that all Lion registered sites are ‘audit ready’ at all times, to reinforce the integrity of the Lion Code.
Overview of changes
- A representative of the subscriber to accompany the senior management of each Lion-registered site during both six-monthly self-audits (rather than the second one as currently).
- All laying farms to move to a 12-month independent audit frequency by the accredited monitoring agency (NSF) in 2019.
- The number of unannounced audits to be increased in 2019. 10% of laying farm audits to be unannounced.
- Where possible, the NSF assessor to complete certain paperwork elements of the Lion Code before the assessor visits the site, thereby allowing more time to assess other elements of the Lion audit when on site.
- Penalties for a repeat of the same critical non-conformance and non-conformance to be escalated.