Global Standards seminar for Melbourne Tuesday 19 March 2013

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 8th March 2013

All players in the Australian food industry are being invited to send representatives to a seminar in Melbourne on the latest trends and issues on new global Standards.

The organisers say that attendees will have the opportunity to hear some of the world’s leading experts on the International Featured Standards (IFS), which are becoming important to many food retailers, manufacturers and others in the food supply chain.

The seminar will consider also the various trends and initiatives as well as provide a networking opportunity for retailers, suppliers and customers.

Admission to the seminar is free. The seminar will take place on Tuesday 19 March 2013 at 3.00pm at the RACV Club, 501 Bourke St Melbourne.  Registration information appears below.

The seminar has been organised by DQS Certification AUSNZ which is the sponsor of the visit to Melbourne by two international experts who will be the keynote speakers addressing the Standards and third party certifications.

Mr Stephan Tromp, Managing Director of International Featured Standards (IFS), during his first visit to Melbourne, will share his extensive knowledge on the benefits and application of international standards in the retail and food manufacturing industry. He will also talk about the highly reputable IFS Academy and training services to be made available in Australia and New Zealand.

Dr Sied Sadek, Managing Director of DQS Food Safety Solutions GmbH, has extensive global experience in second party audits, inspections, and third party certification. His talk will address GC Mark- Global Conformance, which should be of interest to many businesses.

The organisers say that this kind of valuable information from Mr Tromp and Dr Sadek is not readily available on the internet or in libraries.

In addition to meeting the major retailer QA requirements, businesses in the food supply chain must now meet a range of international Standards such as such as ISO 22000, SQF, BRC, FSSC 22000 and IFS. Industry needs to have a good understanding of the differences and relative advantages of the different safety management systems, and certification schemes.

There has been a recent discernible shift globally by major food retailers and many food manufacturing enterprises to a combination of sophisticated food safety and risk minimisation management systems.

If you wish to attend the seminar on Global Standards and Food Safety, please register your attendance either by calling Karina Pettersson – 03 8804 4940, or visit the website at