SIZA endorsed the auditor’s recognition programme as designed by The Association of Professional Social Compliance Auditors (APSCA) as the platform for its own audit scheme. The Auditor Competency reference tools describes WHO can perform audits and will be used as the basis for the recognition of auditors for the SIZA programme. Audit bodies must independently submit to their registration to APSCA for the equivalence process and only those who go through and completed the programme successfully will be recognized by the SIZA programme. To learn more about APSCA, please follow the link: www.theapsca.org
The result of this work is a third party Audit Process and Methodology document for South African farms and pack houses covering the audit methodology requirements, including SMETA and GRASP, which is recognized by many retailers. SIZA Audit Process and Methodology Oct 2018 V.4
As from the 1st of March 2016 audits are done online on the SIZA Platform during an Audit. This helps to speed up the process so that audit reports and audit certificates are available sooner. This allow growers to submit corrective action evidence on the platform and reduce the review period. Audit appointments and the choice of which company to use are scheduled online by the grower himself.