Changes within IKB Kip
Working in consultation with the Central Board of Experts (CBE), we have made a number of amendments to the IKB Kip certification scheme. The purpose of these changes is to further strengthen and clarify the IKB Kip scheme. The changes were adopted by the independent Board of Directors (BoD) and took effect on 1 June 2020.
We informed you previously (by letter) about all the changes. In this digital newsletter, we would like to specifically point out the changes in the regulations again. The summary below covers the most important changes, categorized per business type:
- The interpretation of the measurement method to check the half-year calculation on the minimum of 95% IKB-worthy supply has been clarified;
- The separation between live animals and end products has been modified to make the regulation clearer and easier to check.
- The shower obligation has been added, which already appears to be common practice;
- When day-old chicks are fed at the hatchery, this feed must be from a GMP+ certified feed supplier (just as with other links of the supply chain).
- Poultry farms:
- Separate disinfectant is no longer required if there is a hand-washing facility with disinfectant soap in the same farm building;
- Cotton towels are also allowed, in addition to paper ones, provided they are washed after each use;
- Regulations have been added to better clarify the securing of incoming resources and to map incoming flows on farm;
- The floor plan regulations have been extended and now include items that must be present.
Useful checklists for your IKB Kip inspection
We have developed checklists for the IKB Kip scheme, covering each link. These lists provide a summary of the documents that you must have at hand during an IKB Kip inspection. This way you are well prepared, with the right documents at hand, and the inspection will run more efficiently.
You are allowed to show the inspection documents both digitally and in print. Each document has background information available on the associated regulation. You can find the checklists here. You can always consult the certification scheme for the complete up-to-date lists of requirements.
We are constantly looking for new ways to support IKB Kip participants. That is why, in addition to these checklists, we offer various sample forms such as the hygiene protocol and a legionella registration form.
Tips for the IKB inspections
To ensure that you, as an IKB scheme participant, are well informed, we will keep you updated through our newsletters. We have listed a number of tips that will help you as an IKB participant:
- Do you report the injury score to the loading crew involved? The feedback to the loading crew has been mandatory within the IKB Kip scheme since June 2019 (regulation VC16).
- Is your Animal Treatment Plan (ATP) and your Animal Health Plan (AHP) up to date? You can find the model for these plans on the IKB Kip website. These plans are required by law and are checked during the IKB Kip audit (regulations H06 and H07).
Covid-19: IKB Kip inspections and visits to your farm
IKB Kip inspections
Covid-19 is affecting our daily lives. It is therefore important that we follow local government advice and take account of your health and safety as a participant, as well as that of other visitors to your farm. This is why we informed you by letter about a number of changes to IKB's working methods. Since 2 April, most IKB inspections have been carried out remotely, e.g. the annual re-inspection.
In several countries, the policy regarding covid-19 is gradually being relaxed, and there is an increasing demand from the field for physical inspections instead of remote ones. That is why, depending on the situation in your country of residence, agreements are being made about carrying out physical inspections or remote checks. These agreements are made in consultation with your Certifying Authority (CA).
A visit to your farm
As an IKB participant, you engage external parties for various activities.
You can help your visitors follow the current local measures. Also consider the following points:
- Inform your visitors well in advance if you have a cold or a raised temperature.
- Provide sufficient space in the changing room and break room.
- Arrange for your on-farm employees and the visitors to work separately as much as possible.
As always, make sure visitors have all they need to wash and disinfect their hands. Also provide a space to spray and clean any materials and vehicles.
Clean in, clean out – That's the way to ensure optimal use of your shower
Good hygiene is important for humans and animals. It reduces the risk of introduction and spread of pathogens and can save damage and costs.
We have drawn up a practical infographic to help you and your visitors use the shower correctly. It is a good idea to hang it in your changing room, to ensure that everyone is clear about what they have to do.
We previously provided information in our newsletters about the hygiene and shower obligation on your poultry farm. More information can be found here.