The formation and convening of a Standards Committee is good practice when developing international standards. The make up of a Standards Committee should ensure it includes balanced representation of impacted stakeholders. Impacted stakeholders are those who are required to implement the Standard. Another good practice is the inclusion of a public comment period on the Standards.
David Kennedy in his role as Independent Chair of the Livestock Global Assurance Program (LGAP) Standards Committee has today released the Draft LGAP Standards for public comment.
The Draft Standards support LGAP, an international conformity assessment program that aims to enhance the welfare and management of livestock.
LGAP is the product of an ongoing research and development initiative of the Australian livestock export industry, funded by Meat & Livestock Australia, LiveCorp and the Australian Government Department of Agriculture.
The LGAP Standards comprise the following documents:
LGAP 1000 Livestock assurance – Fundamentals and vocabulary which describes the fundamentals of livestock assurance and specifies the vocabulary (terms and definitions) to be used across the LGAP Standards;
LGAP 1001 Livestock assurance – Requirements for animal welfare and management which specifies requirements for animal welfare, health and management; the personnel of Operators and Facilities; infrastructure and equipment; livestock identification and movement; transport; and slaughter and processing;
LGAP 1002 Livestock assurance – Requirements for the management system of Operators and Facilities which specifies requirements for the management system of Operators and Facilities that manage livestock, including leadership and responsibilities; processes; documented information, monitoring and records; management review and internal audit; nonconformities and corrective actions; and
LGAP 1003 Livestock assurance – Requirements for Operator chain of custody which specifies the requirements for traceability and the chain of custody associated with livestock.
The LGAP Standards draw on various international precedents covering animal welfare and management. Using guidance provided by the International Organisation for Standardization (ISO) and the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in relation to standards development, they convert the guidance in the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Terrestrial Animal Health Code (OIE Code) into a set of verifiable international requirements.
These requirements cover the management of livestock (ie cattle, buffalo, goats and sheep) by Operators and Facilities through the supply chain to the point of slaughter. The LGAP Standards do not cover food safety or biosecurity (e.g. quarantine requirements).
To assist readers, the Draft LGAP Standards have temporarily been created in a table format. The auditable requirements in Draft Standards 1001, 1002 and 1003 are complemented by two columns which provide examples of evidence and references.
Comments close on 29 January 2016. This comment period is an opportunity to contribute to a suite of international standards that aim to enhance the welfare and management of livestock.