On 27 January 2015, Kiwa Nederland awarded new certificates to Amerongen Kamphuis in Barneveld. Amerongen Kamphuis received a new BRC Storage & Distribution certificate, a new IFS Logistics certificate and the new ISO-22000 certificate.
Director of Amerongen Kamphuis, Jan Kamphuis, was delighted with the result. ‘These certificates confirm our strategy of providing more service and quality to our client base. The transport market is under considerable pressure. When it comes to attracting new work, every small detail counts. You must have every aspect of your services well organised. Energy-efficient vehicles, expert staff, full information security and high-level cooperation with the customer are all vital,’ according to Kamphuis.
Amerongen Kamphuis opted to make the switch from the traditional ISO9001 and HACCP to the new International Food Standards from IFS Logistics and BRC Storage & Distribution with support from the consultancy firm Bureau voor Kwaliteitszorg (a quality assurance consultancy firm) based in Bodegraven. “Bureau voor Kwaliteitszorg has offices in Bodegraven, Zwolle and Den Bosch, thereby offering national coverage,” explained the director of Bureau voor Kwaliteitszorg, Michel Brinkhorst. “For the organisation at Amerongen Kamphuis, these standards, together with ISO 22000, tie in better with the range of services on offer.” “For us it is all about foodstuffs; in that sector, your organisation must have total control over all food safety risks,” suggested Jan Kamphuis. Quality Manager André Oteman, together with the interim quality manager at the Bureau voor Kwaliteitszorg and the staff of Amerongen Kamphuis, has been hard at work over the past 6 months obtaining these certificates. As Oteman explained, “We deliberately opted for an agency specialising in food safety. The majority of our customers are food producers and operate very high quality requirements. To serve them you need a food industry specialist.”
For the certification of the standards, we opted for the certifying body Kiwa. Rien Buitink, Sales Manager Food at Kiwa explained, “Kiwa is conversant with all the accreditations necessary in the transport and logistic sector. Transport calls for a practical approach to the various international standards. The audits were undertaken in close harmony with the transport planning department. The audits in the cold storage areas demand speed and practical understanding of the working methods employed by the staff, from the auditors.”