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Audit risk factors in certification: How can risk-oriented audits improve the quality of certification standards?

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  • Schulze, Holger
  • Albersmeier, Friederike
  • Spiller, Achim
  • Jahn, Gabriele
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    Over the past few years, certification standards have become increasingly relevant for the agribusiness sector. Substantial parts of the value chain are already certified by standards such as QS, IFS or EurepGap. It is not known, however, whether these approaches can actually ensure a high quality control. This article is based on the analysis of the data base of the QSsystem with more than 72,000 companies involved. It tries to deduce some first empirically rich hypotheses about the connection between auditing quality and the institutional framing of the certification.

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    Paper provided by European Association of Agricultural Economists in its series 98th Seminar, June 29-July 2, 2006, Chania, Crete, Greece with number 10108.

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    Keywords: certification; quality assurance; risk oriented auditing approach; Food Consumption/Nutrition/Food Safety;

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