In General

Our quality certificates are the formal confirmation of audits performed according BRC- or IFS-standard by independent organisations, of the extent to which our products are:

  • Safe
  • Complying with the agreed (or conceived) specifications
  • Complying with the legal demands


HACCP is the abbreviation of Hazard Analysis on Critical Control Points.
The HACCP system is a documented means to follow up on the food safety of products by identification, analysis and evaluation of physical, chemical and micro-biological risks on well defined points in the manufacturing process. On top of that preventive and corrective actions are defined and implemented on the critical control points.


IFS (International Food Standard) is an internationally accepted standard for evaluation of suppliers (of private label products) in food industry. 
In general it is based on the question “is the supplier able to deliver a safe product complying with the specifications and current legislation?”
In 1999 the German retailers (united in BDH: Bundesvereinigung Deutscher Handelsverbände) started developing this standard. Starting points were the BRC-standard and the GFSI-document.
IFS is the most sophisticated European standard. It consists of 336 prescriptions that are evaluated with 4 scores. The evaluation is being done by acknowledging the right score. Finally the percentage of meeting the requirements is calculated. To be awarded the IFS certificate the total score on basic level has to be more than 75%.
The certificate is valid for 1 year. However, a number of checks are carried out each year by the internationally accredited certification organism SAI GLOBAL.
Theo Bauwens nv was awarded the IFS certificate since 2006.

IFS-certificate (pdf)


BRC abbreviates British Retail Consortium, a trading association representing 90% of UK retailers.
This British organisation has drawn up a technical standard with which the food manufacturer has to comply in order to be allowed to supply the British retail chains.
This standard is also acknowledged and often used as a reference outside UK. The rules go beyond the HACCP plan. There are extended GMP-rules, for quality, hygiene, product safety, production plant environment, demands for the organisation and communication.
This standard was first published in 1998.
The BRC-certificate is audited for and issued by an independent internationally accredited organism.
The BRC-certificate is valid for 1 year. Each year a new audit is carried out by the international accredited certification organism SAI GLOBAL.
Theo Bauwens nv was awarded the “Higher Level Certificate of Conformity (BRC)” for the first time in 2000.

BRC-certificate (pdf)

Campden Laboratory Accreditation Scheme

By the acknowledged laboratory accreditation CLAS, Theo Bauwens nv can prove its lab competence. This means that the consistency and reliability of our analyses are inspected and guaranteed. 
The CLAS-accreditation is acknowledged as an important accreditation for large scale and smaller laboratories. Some of the key elements are: use of valid methods, supported by fitting quality checks and good lab practices.
The CLAS accreditation is based on the principles and conditions in the ISO/IEC 17025. 
The assessment procedure is based upon European laboratory quality standards EN45002 and EN45003. It also complies with the demands for the test-laboratories as described and laid down in the British Retail Consortium Technical Standard.

CLAS-certificate (pdf)

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