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14. French standards: equivalence between FCA & RCNA

In December 2017, OVOCOM and Oqualim, accompanied by AIC, GMP+ International and QS, signed a ‘temporary mutual recognition’ effective as from January 1st 2018 (see our newsletter 78 from 14/12/2017).


Amongst the terms of this interchangeability, we find the acceptance of the FCA standard by French standards and labels. These would no longer exclusively require that animals are fed with RCNA (Oqualim) certified compound feed, but would open their market to feed certified by an equivalent system (eg. FCA).


Based on the information communicated by the FCA certified companies selling compound feed to French farmers, OVOCOM has made a list of the concerned standards in 2017, and has forwarded it to Oqualim. The latter then contacted the scheme holders managing the standards, one by one, in order to have the FCA standard integrated as standard accepted by French farmer groups, by the processing sector of products of animal origin and by the large retailers.


On March 20th 2018, Oqualim gave us the status of all these contacts. Interested companies can find an overview of the situation by visiting our website.


Please contact OVOCOM (via info@ovocom.be) if you cannot find the standard applied by your customers (farmers) in the table above and/or if you have difficulties to get your FCA certificate accepted by your customers, while specifying the exact reference of the standard and the problem. OVOCOM will report this information to Oqualim in order to find a solution and to respect the mutual recognition agreement.

21 Mar 2018


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