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In 2009 Assured Food Standards (AFS), started a major programme to draw together the assurance of the major farming sectors; Beef & Lamb (ABM), Dairy (ADF), Fresh Produce (AP), Combinable Crops & Sugar Beet (ACCS), Pigs (ABP), Poultry (ACP). All the schemes were developed separately during the 1990s and there were differences in terminology, approach and content. The aim of the project was to bring them in-line with one another.
Following industry consultation and engagement with each sector's technical advisory group, AFS used everysite's online standards management tools to allow them to implement the proposed harmonised assurance standards.
CASI allowed authorised AFS technical staff to log in to a secure standards authoring website. The tools allow AFS to create standard assurance points which were then tagged as applicable to relevant sectors along with sector-specific guidance and advice.
Once the master structure was created and the elements for each relevant sector were tagged, CASI then generated print-quality standards manuals dynamically from the system.
The system allowed AFS staff to collaborate effectively on the harmonisation task and deliver the project to industry.
In addition to the developments to produce the standards, everysite also developed a range of new monitoring and reporting services for AFS to manage the implementation of these standards with their licensed certification and inspection companies.
The key certification bodies were then assisted by everysite to interface their audit reporting systems with CASI in order to streamline audit result reporting and certification.
The CASI standards management and audit system is based on a modular approach which means that 'bolt on' audit modules can be assessed against mutliple standards in a way that reduces duplication of audits. Since 2009, the Environment Agency has used this facility to add on its assessment questions from its EPR Intensive Farming scheme to Red Tractor audits. This has led to a reduced number of audits and their resultant costs and is one of the major recommendations that the Elliott report entitled "Review into the Integrity and Assurance of Food Supply Networks" is calling for.
BPEX (a division of the Agriculture Horticulture and Development Board) commissioned everysite to produce an electronic animal movement (eAML) system the pig sectors under contract from Animal Health. At the time most of the UK's animal movement recording systems remained paper-based. This meant that they are expensive to operate, produce poor quality data, and the information is slow to reach government. CASI was used to address all these issues for moving pigs in England and Wales.
The high level requirement for the system was to provide the following:
CASI Powers a modern Animal Movement and Information system
The decision to deliver eAML2 (electronic animal movement licensing) system via BPEX was taken by a cross-sector industry panel at the start of 2009. The proposed solution was an expansion of existing tried and tested services using the CASI system. It offered a low risk, cost effective and robust answer to the challenge of delivering electronic movement reporting in a diverse farming sector.
Key Benefits Delivered by CASI
Currently 97% of pig movements are reported via our online systems. The remaining residual paper forms or non-IT equipped producers are supported by the MLCSL bureau team using our data entry services.