ISIA traceability certification is based on an independent third-party audit. These audits are only conducted by ISIA approved and trained auditors with an approved audit plan. Any nonconformities identified are categorized and reported to the auditee in a timely manner.
Traceability certification is not available for purchase, nor can it be transferred under any circumstances. Purchase of material from a certified company, or processing of material by a certified company, confers no right to claim or imply traceability certification.
Initial certification requires an audit of at least one year of data and is granted for three years. Recertification audits review the last three years of data. ISIA will not comment on claims made prior to the formation of the Association.
Each audit covers all aspects of the product, at every step - from the abattoir to the end user, including all transactions within the company. Ordering and shipment details for companies who are distributors may be included. While it is not a financial audit, review of invoices and other financial records are essential to determine quantities of material moved and evidence that payments have been made.
Companies are certified for the piece of the process they perform. This may be one step or, for vertically integrated companies, it may be every step.