Notice of Exception
CRSB is allowing a temporary exception for Certification Bodies due to Covid-19 pandemic
After careful consideration, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the CRSB has issued a temporary exception for all Certification Bodies.
Under the Certified Sustainable Beef Framework, certification would normally be conducted on-site by independent auditors. These auditors work for 3rd party Certification Bodies approved by the CRSB.
This temporary exception allows for auditing to the Sustainable Beef Production Standard and Chain of Custody Requirements, to be conducted remotely, at the discretion of the Certification Body. For situations that do not allow for an on-site or remote audit to be completed, a six-month extension may be granted for operations requiring recertification.
This exception will remain in effect until December 31, 2020, or until withdrawn by the CRSB, at its discretion.
Certified Sustainable Farm Audits
At the discretion of the Certification Body (CB), an on-site certification may be replaced with a remote audit where necessary. If an onsite audit or remote audit is not viable, the audit may be postponed, and an extension may be granted for operations requiring re-certification onsite audits.
Chain of Custody Audits
On-site chain of custody audits may, at the discretion of the Certification Body (CB), be replaced with a remote audit. If an onsite audit or remote audit is not viable, the audit may be postponed, and an extension may be granted for operations requiring re-certification onsite audits.
Certified Sustainable Processing Plant Audits
On-site processing plant certification audits shall be postponed until further notice.
The CRSB will continue to monitor the situation and will communicate any further updates.
For more information, contact:
CRSB Certification Framework Manager