Accreditation

AIS is ISO accredited for HACCP, TACCP, GFSI & GMP

Our quality inspection service is designed to ensure product safety and help manufacturers achieve compliance with global safety standards.

Our safety testing and inspection procedures are fast, cost-effective and customisable to the needs of your specific product.

Certified to operate a Quality Management System

We are ISO accredited to help manufacturers and suppliers to meet food and product safety standards including HACCP, TACCP, GFSI & GMP.

ISO 9001:2015

AIS was the first product inspection service provider in Europe to achieve ISO 9001, in 1999.

ISO accredited

Certified to operate a Quality Management System

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Certified since 1999

Premier in Europe to achieve ISO 9001

AIS is certified by SAI Global to standard AS/NZS ISO 9001:2015 for “The inspection, segregation and re-packing of products and components, including food, textiles and electrical components on the company premises, using X-ray technology”.

Advanced inspection services

Our technology offers the ultimate in detection capabilities for a broad range of potential safety hazards. Coupled with our extensive knowledge regarding regulatory compliance, we can provide absolute assurance whether your product is safe to go back into distribution.

Absolute compliance, maximum safety

AIS consider every element of the inspection process to provide you:

  • The ultimate detection performance should your on-line system fail to detect a contaminant
  • Total assurance when a CCP has been compromised
  • Confirmation whether your product is safe to go back into the distribution chain
  • Prevention of hazards or malicious threats to your brand
  • Maximum safety for your consumers

We’re here for you, when you need us most

Our product safety testing services are designed to help you gain compliance as well as provide a Rapid Response should a potential problem arise.

Potential recall crisis?

Our service is always fast and reliable

Call our Rapid Response Service

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Request a Free Sample Inspection

We offer a reasonably immediate appraisal of what can be achieved with your product or particular container. Simply send a sample of your product for inspection, or call us – we can often evaluate the issue on the phone.

Free sample inspection

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Equipment to hire

Customisable x-ray systems and metal detectors at your premises

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Make AIS a key part of your crisis response plan

In a crisis situation you can be confident that your product recall is being managed by the best in the industry.

FAQs

Can AIS help with HACCP?

HACCP is a way of managing food safety hazards. Food safety management procedures should be based on HACCP principles … what could go wrong and what risks there are to food safety” Food Standards Agency

HACCP is a food safety management system designed to prevent contamination during food production processes, rather than a finished product inspection procedure.

AIS can help you achieve HACCP and the governmental and retailer requirements of contamination and recall incidents. We can also provide quality and safety assurance when a Critical Control Point (CCP) has failed.

Contact us to find out more.

Can AIS help with TACCP?

Threat Assessment and Critical Control Point (TACCP) helps food producers identify weak points in their supply chain and processing activities that may be vulnerable to fraud. It then helps the business minimise the chances of such an attack.” Campden BRI

If your business is the unfortunate victim of a threat or attack, AIS is equipped to assist you with product recovery and safety testing. In the event of an incident (subject to it being a foreign body we can detect) we will be able to quickly and confidentially confirm whether your product is safe to go back into the distribution chain.

Read more in the TACCP guide, sponsored by Defra and the FSA: PAS 96:2017 (Guide to protecting and defending food and drink from deliberate attack)

How reliable are the inspection techniques?

AIS has many years’ of experience in providing specialist x-ray inspection services. We are ISO accredited to help you achieve compliance for potential recall incidents, HACCP and TACCP.

Over 95% of our business is repeat business from long term clients, mainly within the food and pharmaceutical sectors.

Reliability can differ due to many factors. We will always give a clear and honest appraisal of what is achievable and be prepared to demonstrate that to you at any time.

Request a Free Sample Inspection for AIS to evaluate your product and problem.

How much does AIS’ inspection service cost?

Our x-ray inspection service is generally quoted at a simple per-item fee.

The pricing structure is based on the product inspection time plus any additional services such as shrink wrapping or relabelling. The cost is then converted into a ‘per-item’ (unit or case) price so you know exactly how much the inspection service will be.

The fee per item will be dependent on several factors including:

  • The fault or contaminant to be detected (eg. level of difficulty and time required)
  • The product size, quantity and value
  • Special requirements, urgency or expiry date(s) if applicable

We are confident that you will find our service fast, efficient and cost effective – even for relatively low value products.

Request a Free Sample Inspection for AIS to evaluate your product and problem.

Does AIS guarantee confidentiality?

Yes we do.

We will never share any information regarding our clients or our projects, whether current or historical, regarding an enquiry, initial evaluation or continued inspection services.

Furthermore, information gathered via our website is handled in complete confidence; all traffic statistics generated are anonymous and we store no personal details.

Please read our Privacy Policy.

Does AIS have a confidentiality agreement?

Yes, we have our standard bi-lateral non-disclosure agreement and will consider any reasonable confidentiality agreement from a customer.

Does AIS have written procedures?

Yes, these are our “Standard Operating Procedures”. We will however modify and add to our SOPs to meet the individual requirements of your specific product.

Does AIS have an environmental policy?

We aim to be a sustainable business and protect the environment where possible:

  • Our service can help manufacturers to avoid waste by destroying only contaminated or faulty goods while safe products are released back into distribution
  • All packaging material removed during the inspection process is sent to be recycled including shrink wrap, cartons, glass packaging and cans
  • We try to source sustainable suppliers including a predominantly biomass-fuelled electricity supplier

 

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