Résumé Wim Horckmans, DVM Lead Assessor
Wim Horckmans (1970) studied at the University of Ghent where he graduated in 1998 as a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine. In 2005 he obtained a certificate for an individual course ‘Microbiology of food’ at the Catholic University of Leuven. More recently in 2006 he became a certified ISO 9001:2000 Lead Auditor for quality management systems.
During his first job in 1998 as a quality controller of fatting calf farms for SGS Agrilab the meat industry arouses his interest. A temporary job as a substitute inspector for RVV (the National Inspection Service for Livestock and Meat from the Government Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Fishery – The Netherlands) flowed over in a job as an Official Veterinarian in 1999 for RVV and VWA (The National Food and Consumer Products Safety Authority for the Government Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality – The Netherlands). All aspects of government control were performed like export certification, animal welfare, ante-mortem and post-mortem meat inspection of pork, beef and poultry, control of infectious diseases, maintenance of official approvals and audits based on the HACCP principles in USA approved slaughterhouses, meat cutting and processing plants.
In that period he developed also a sideline meat inspector’s task for The Food Agency in Belgium as freelancer.
Since 2006 Wim has been working as a consultant for the Condor Consultancy and as Lead Assessor for Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance. As from 2009 he also carried out audit assignments on behalf of Promag, SGS and Bureau Veritas.
His fields of expertise include:
- knowledge of food plants concerning legislative and hygiene rules;
- export certification of livestock, meat and meat products;
- EU and USA requirements for official approval;
- client management and audits carried out on a wide range of quality management and food safety management systems: ISO 9001, ISO 22000 FSSC 22000, Dutch HACCP, BRC, IFS, GMP and the Belgian self-checking guides G-001, G-006, G-018 and G-019;
- experience with problems in quality systems and maintenance of quality manuals, e.g. for a slaughterhouse of ruminants, including regular training of the personnel in the field of HACCP and hygiene;
- approved trainer within the scope of Regulation 1/2005/EC concerning animal welfare during transport;
- ‘internal audits’ on request