Analysts

Changes to the Gafta Approved Register of Analysts were announced on Monday 3rd June 2019. Click here to access the Press Release and read on for more information.

Laboratories engaged in the testing of agricultural commodities and/or animal feedstuffs can apply to be listed on the Gafta Approved Register of Analysts. Approved Analysts are able to provide certificates of analysis for grain, animal feedingstuffs, pulses and rice, traded on Gafta Contracts terms.

In order to comply with Gafta contract terms, parties to the contract must use the services of a Gafta Approved Analyst. The Approved Register of Analysts can be accessed here:

Gafta Approved Register of Analysts

To become Approved an Analyst must meet the requirements of the Code of Practice for the Gafta Approved Register of Analysts.

These new requirements come into effect from 1 September 2019. A grace period until 31 May 2021 is in place to allow existing Approved Analysts time to comply with the new requirements. New applicants must comply with these requirements from 1 September 2019.

Analyst CoP Front CoverClick here to download: Code of Practice - Approved Register Analysts

A Question and Answer document about the changes can be downloaded here: QandA Gafta Standard for Analysis

Requirements

A Gafta Approved Analysts must:

1. be a laboratory engaged in the testing of agricultural commodities and/or animal feedstuffs
2. be a member of Gafta in Category F – Analysts
3. participate in the Gafta Ring Test Scheme and achieve satisfactory results
4. hold a valid certificate of conformance to the Gafta Standard for Analysts OR hold a valid certificate of accreditation to the latest version of ISO17025 with the appropriate scope (see Code of Practice)
5. carry out testing in accordance with Gafta No.130 Register of Analysis Methods.

Ring Tests

A ring test is organised by Gafta to assess the ability of an applicant analyst to produce accurate and reliable analytical data. Once approved participating analysts continue to demonstrate their ability on a continuing basis by means of two ring tests in March and September each year.

Unless otherwise advised, for Round 1 participation the closing date is 1st January and for Round 2 participation the date is 1st July each year. New laboratories applying to join the scheme after these dates will be added to the list of participants for the next round of testing.

Registered laboratories agree to follow the methods of analysis required under the terms of the contract, as per GAFTA Form No: 130, Methods of Analysis.

GRTS Front CoverClick here to download:Gafta Ring Test Scheme Rules and Procedures

Gafta Standard for Analysis and Testing

The Gafta Standard for Analysis and Testing 7.0 (2019) is a revision of the GTAS Analysis and Testing Manual 6.0 (2015).

Analyst Std Front CoverClick here to download: Gafta Standard for Analysis guide WEB

The Gafta Standard for Analysis and Testing is provided for members who do not wish, or are unable to gain accreditation to ISO17025. Accredited members may also consider certification to the Gafta Standard as an alternative to an amendment to their accreditation.

The Gafta Standard was launched in June 2019. Audits to the new Standard for new and existing members will commence in September 2019.

Gafta Approved Analyst Logo

Analyst Logo - Sample WatermarkGafta Approved Analysts are able to use the Gafta Approved Logos to promote their services applicable to their membership and Approved status. We are encouraging traders to ‘look for the logo’ so to apply to use the logo, please send your membership details to ApprovedRegisters@gafta.com

 Complaints

A complaint regarding the accuracy of the Register and/or the entitlement of a firm to use the Gafta logo and/or the failure of a firm to act in accordance with any applicable Gafta standard and/or rule must be made, in writing, to Gafta’s Director General by email sent to ApprovedRegisters@gafta.com.

On receipt of the complaint, the Director General shall investigate and decide, in her absolute discretion, what, if any, action should be taken.