Quality Commitment & NOPS

Quality Management

Dodson & Horrell manufactures to a strict code of feed safety. Products are manufactured in our licensed premises using quality assured ingredients under strictly controlled production conditions and conforming to the requirements of EU and UK legislation governing the manufacture of animal feeding stuffs.

Dodson & Horrell is totally committed to quality and on-going quality improvement in order to fully meet customer requirements and maximise customer satisfaction.

Dodson & Horrell operate within an all-encompassing quality system, written by employees, and we are also accredited by the following external schemes; ISO9001:2008, BRC Global Standards and UFAS.

ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management System Registered Firm

ISO (International Organization for Standardization) is the world's largest developer and publisher of international standards; it is a network of the national standards institutes of 163 countries.

ISO 9001 is by far the world’s most established quality framework, currently being used by over 750,000 organizations in 161 countries, and sets the standard not only for quality management systems but management systems in general.  It demonstrates a company’s commitment to providing a product or service that meets customer requirements and exceeds customer expectations by managing the business effectively and continually striving to improve. 

BRC – Global Standard For Storage And Distribution For Packed Dried Herbs

The BRC Global Standards are a leading global safety and quality certification programme used throughout the world. The BRC Global Standards are widely used by suppliers and global retailers. They facilitate standardization of quality, safety, operational criteria and manufacturers’ fulfillment of legal obligations. They also help provide protection to the consumer.

Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS) including BETA NOPS

UFAS is a code of practice for the Manufacture of Safe Animal Feeding Stuffs.  It is managed by the Agricultural Industries Confederation who maintain a register of feed mills that have been verified as complying with the Code of Practice by an approved, independent verifier.

The UFAS scheme has been based on HACCP principles, an internationally recognised system of hazard analysis pioneered by space agency NASA. Since 1998, when UFAS was first introduced, HACCP has become a central requirement of food and feed safety legislation.

The scheme is audited and certified by an independent certification body in accordance with the internationally recognised standard EN45011.

The UFAS Beta NOPS Code
Reducing the Risk of Disqualification from Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances in Feed.

The British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) has introduced two assurance schemes designed to reduce the risk of naturally occurring prohibited substances (NOPS) in equine feeds.

The Universal Feed Assurance Scheme (UFAS), Naturally Occurring Prohibited Substances (NOPS) Code is designed for manufacturers of compound feeds, and the Feed Materials Assurance Scheme (FEMAS) NOPS Code is a sister scheme designed for raw material and straights providers.


Feeds and supplements conforming to the Codes carry logos to reassure owners and trainers of the stringent quality management procedures that have been undertaken by manufacturers.

The UFAS BETA NOPS Code requires manufacturers to evaluate the risk of a NOPS contamination during every step of the sourcing, storage, transport, and manufacturing processes for each product and to design their quality management systems in line with the risks identified.  Suppliers of raw materials are regularly audited and staff also undergo rigorous training to ensure strict adherence to the Code.

The Code has been endorsed by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) and the National Trainers Association.  Professor Tim Morris, Director of Equine Health and Welfare at the British Horseracing Authority says of the Code: “By significantly reducing the risk of NOPS, the new Code provides important protection for those competing or racing under rules. The fact that most of the UK’s major feed manufacturers have already agreed to comply with the Code confirms its viability as a workable verification system.”

Dodson & Horrell conforms to the UFAS BETA NOPS Code and monitors for the presence of specified naturally occurring prohibited substances (NOPS) as required under the rules of racing and affiliated competitions which are in line with the established BETA/UFAS NOPS guidelines.  Adherence to these guidelines ensures that the risk of occurrence of such substances is minimized.

Dodson & Horrell have incorporated the BETA NOPS Standard Term and Conditions into our terms and conditions of sale.

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

Dodson & Horrell recognise the importance of environmental protection and is committed to operating its business responsibly and in compliance with all legal requirements relating to the manufacture of animal feeds.  We are a registered firm under the ISO 14001 scheme.

ISO 14001:2004 Environmental Management System Registered Firm

ISO 14001 is the internationally recognised standard for environmental management of businesses.  This system controls the effects companies have on their environment by minimising and disposing of waste effectively and using energy more efficiently.