The project, signed with Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) doing business as (dba) National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ), aims to facilitate the implementation of ISO/IEC 17065:2012 at the NCBJ towards accreditation, which is required for the organisation to provide Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) certification services to food manufacturers/exporters; and to train external auditors in ISO/IEC 17065:2012 and the selected FSMS requirements towards certification. Such auditors will support the NCBJ to provide FSMS certification services to food manufacturers/exporters.
The expected results of the project are:
- Enhance capacity of the National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ) to provide new certification services to national and regional clients.
- CARIFORUM and local food industry firms will be certified to selected Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) by the National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ).
To this end, the team will focus its efforts on two main components:
- Accreditation to ISO/IEC 17065:2012, supporting NCBJ in implementing ISO/IEC 17065:2012 towards accreditation.
- Training and certification of auditors in FSMS. Supporting NCBJ in the pre-assessment and training of auditors in the requirements of ISO/IEC 17065:2012 and the selected FSMS towards certification.
Initially the FSMS accreditation schemes considered in the project were: Safe Quality Food (SQF), British Retail Consortium Global Standards (BRCGS), GLOBALG.A.P. and FSSC 22000