Ceva Santé Animale has announced that Ceva South Africa is the first country to pass independently audited quality approval for its implementation of the C.H.I.C.K Program (Ceva Hatchery Immunization Control Keys). This news follows the global Quality Recognition received last November.

The award ceremony was held in January at Ceva South Africa’s office. Rod Tyack, Bureau Veritas South Africa Director, and Marc Roussel, Senior Vice President Africa, Bureau Veritas Group, made the official declaration.

The implementation of the global hatchery services program, known commonly as the C.H.I.C.K Program in South Africa, entails an average of 11 Ceva’s hatchery specialists visiting more than 60 customer’s hatcheries per year to run numerous tests. The experts check whether vaccines are properly stored, prepared and administered, as well as delivering continuous training to operators on good hatchery vaccination practices.

During 2016, over 180 audits were performed to help set up corrective actions and improvement plans. To date, there are more than 500 vaccination equipment units operating in Southern Africa.

“The shared aim with our customers is to have all birds well-vaccinated in the hatchery before being sent to farms,” said Michael Faint, Ceva South Africa country manager. “We believe that by making the C.H.I.C.K Program quality-approved we are able to demonstrate our commitment to providing unique quality services to all our clients.”

The quality recognition was given based on the C.H.I.C.K Program Quality Code of Practice, a reference guide for which, compliance to its high standards will now be monitored by Bureau Veritas Group at a country level, all around the world.