Application form should be submitted to NIFCC (details on application form).
Pay the membership fee. Membership fee can be paid by sending a cheque along with application form, made payable to “Farm Quality Assurance Scheme” or by paying online at www.lmcni.com with a valid credit/debit card.
Some initial checks are then completed with DAERA.
A NIFCC inspector will then contact the producer to organise a farm inspection at a time and date which suits both parties.
After the inspection takes place there may be non-conformances to rectify. Once these non-conformances are rectified, the farm will become approved. On meeting the requirements of the NIBL FQAS scheme standards you will receive official certification.
Membership is for one year and must be renewed annually if you wish to continue to sell product as assured.
Whilst you are a certified member, you will receive a routine assessment at least once every 18 months. 5% of producers will be selected for a spot check annually also.