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Our quality management system is based on ISO standard 9001:2015 with regard to comprehensive quality focused on products, processes, technical and human resources, management and organisation. The scope of this quality system directly affects Atlántica Agrícola’s design, manufacturing and marketing.
ATLANTICA AGRICOLA, S.A.’s Quality System is based on the achievement of two fundamental objectives:
The complete and continuous satisfaction of all the requirements and needs detected or manifested by our stakeholders, emphasising both the characteristics of the quality of the service itself and the qualitative elements and components that accompany it in its provision to the customer (customer service, contact and proximity, internal and external communication, technical support for the user, etc.).
The continuous improvement of internal processes and activities to minimise operational costs, and seek profitability and efficiency in all areas.
Royal Decree (RD) 506/2013 Fertilisers
This national RD requires us to have an internal quality control system.
Atlántica Agrícola, S.A., as fertiliser manufacturer, must fulfil a number of requirements. These requirements include the following:
- Qualified personnel responsible for quality control
- Laboratory for analytical testing
- Quality control plan that provides procedures, periodicity and frequency of sampling and analysis of both the raw materials and final products.
Furthermore, it is important to have a traceability system in place, as it is a vital monitoring mechanism. In this way, all of the raw materials and final products are identified. Thanks to this process, we are able to know the origin and destination of each of our products, in addition to the different batches of raw materials from which they are made.
Therefore, we can identify the products’ route using our implemented traceability system:
- Origin of the components
- Processes applied to the product
- Distribution and location after delivery
Atlántica Agrícola operates within all of the regulatory compliance established for the chemical industry. In this case, we work extensively to implement and comply with each of the requirements established by these regulations, such as REACH and CLP.
Atlántica Agrícola presents a register of all the substances it manufactures and also, as a downstream user, monitors its suppliers and the raw materials supplied to ensure that its suppliers fulfil REACH regulations. We conduct studies on our products to define their hazard classifications. We develop and update our Safety Data Sheets (Regulation (EU) 2015/830) as these data sheets are the accepted method for providing information on substances and mixtures in the European Union and form an integral part of the system established by Regulation (EC) 1907/2006 (REACH). We present notifications of hazardous products to all the toxicological centres in EU countries where Atlántica Agrícola is present (Article 45 of Regulation (EU) 1272/2008), which are the responsible bodies for receiving information regarding the health response in case of emergency.
WHAT IS REACH?
Regulation (EC) No 1907/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council.
It is the European Regulation on the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of Chemicals. It was approved on 18 December 2006 and entered into force on 1 June 2007.
- Ensure a high level of protection of human health and the environment
- Promote the free movement of substances in the internal market while enhancing competitiveness and innovation
Atlántica Agrícola, as a manufacturer, importer and downstream user, has some obligations under REACH.
WHAT IS CLP?
Regulation (EC) No 1272/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council
CLP Regulation is the new European regulation on the classification, labelling and packaging of hazardous chemical substances and mixtures and by which Directives 67/548 / EEC and 1999/45 / EC are amended and repealed and Regulation (EC) No. 1907/2006 (REACH) is modified.
This new Regulation introduces a new system for classifying and labelling chemicals in the European Union based on the United Nations Globally Harmonised System (UNGA).
- Harmonisation of criteria for the classification of substances and mixtures, and labelling and packaging standards for hazardous substances and mixtures
- Preparation of a Community list of substances with their classification and harmonised labelling elements (Annex VI, Part 3 CLP)
- Creation of a catalogue for classification and labelling of substances on the basis of notifications and applications for registration according to REACH and the Community list of substances with their classification and harmonised labelling
This Regulation aims to apply the international criteria agreed upon in the United Nations Globally Harmonised System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS) in the EU. Another objective is to approximate and unify existing laws on the criteria for classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures.
Atlántica Agrícola mainly operates via two routes for the transport of our products: road and sea. We comply with a number of regulations depending on the type of product:
ADR: European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road
Royal Decree 97/2014, of 14 February, which regulates the transport of dangerous goods by road in Spain
IMDG Code: Amendments to the International Maritime Dangerous Goods Code
Atlántica Agrícola works with FIMED, as a safety advisor and consultant, to ensure, advise and train us in regulatory compliance on the transport of dangerous goods.
Atlantic Agricultural has the following ECO Certifications: