Standards & Conformance

Conformance programs can provide formal recognition of an organisation's conformance to an industry standard, specification or a regulatory requirement.

Such programs allow:

  • suppliers to make and substantiate clear claims of conformance to a standard; and

  • buyers to specify and successfully procure conforming products or services

Schuster Consulting can assist individual organisations or industry representative bodies to develop conformity assessment programs, including assisting with:

  • definition of the policies, procedures, rules and standards for which conformance is sought;

  • development of the program to certify products, processes or services against the requirements; and

  • design and implementation of the program, including testing domestically and internationally.

Schuster Consulting has considerable skills in resolving conflicts and facilitating consensus among the complex legal, technical and commercial factors and pressures that underlie any conformance program.

Working in conjunction with the client, Schuster Consulting defines the policies, principles, standards and rules that form the foundation of the program. Once these are agreed, the next step is to develop the intellectual property required to launch and operate the program. This includes everything the client needs in order to operate the program or become certified, such as the rules and standards, registration materials, guidance materials, training programs, legal agreements, audit checklists and any procedural documents required.

Conformance in Action

Making claims on food labels can be fraught with problems, especially if those claims can’t be backed up with independently and records. In order to tap into a growing consumer trend towards sustainability produced food and beef from cattle that have been more naturally raised, the Australian beef cattle industry engaged Schuster Consulting to develop and launch a conformance program designed to certify pasturefed production methods: the Pasturefed Certified Assurance System (or PCAS).

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