The Common Swine Industry Audit (CSIA) was announced in October 2014 by National Pork Board. In October 2015, it was revised by the Industry Audit Task Force with feedback from producers, packers, auditors and customers. CSIA was developed by a task force of industry stakeholders of producers, veterinarians, animal scientists, packers, processors, retail and foodservice representatives. The task force developed the audit considering scientific evidence, ethics and economics, which must be balanced for sustainability.

Each processing plant using the CSIA do not have a specific passing score that producers are required to meet, but this does not mean a producer should not comply with all aspects of the audit. For every part of the audit the producer do not pass, they are required to fill out a corrective action sheet. Each corrective action sheet requires the producer to give a description of nonconformance, the root cause for the nonconformance and what what the corrective action is with expected date of completion.

Auditors are looking to make sure everyone working in the barn can articulate to the auditor what their jobs are in the barn and how they perform them. Auditors also will be looking at record keeping, Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and making sure everyone in the barn is performing their jobs according to the farms SOPs and industry standards. Other areas include animal care, animal benchmarks and facilities.

Required Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)

  • Piglet Processing (if applicable)
  • Feed and Water SOP
  • Animal Handling Procedures
  • Daily Observations
  • Caretaker Training
  • Treatment Management
  • Needle usage
  • Biosecurity
  • Rodent Control
  • Visitor log


  • 12 months of mortality records
  • 12 months of daily observation
  • Written emergency action plan
  • Emergency contact numbers posted
  • Written euthanasia plan
  • Valid Veterinarian Client Patient Relationship (VCPR)
  • 12 months of medication and treatment records
  • Veterinarian Feed Directive records (according to FDA guidelines)

Other Documentation Needed

  • Willful acts of abuse/zero tolerance policy
  • Abuse reporting
  • Annual caretaker training
  • PQA Plus certification for all current employees. New employees must be certified within 90 days of employment
  • TQA certification for recent transporter loading or delivering pigs at site
  • Valid PQA Plus Site Assessment (required before pigs are marketed or sold; renew every three years like PQA Plus)
  • Internal site assessments – quarter for sow units and semi-annually at nurseries and finishing barns
  • Emergency action plan – must be posted
  • Biosecurity signage or other means to restrict access

Goal of Audit
To provide consumers greater assurance of the care taken by farmers and pork processors to improve animal well-being and food safety. The audit tool builds on the existing Pork Quality Assurance® Plus (PQA Plus®) program and expands it to serve as a single, common audit platform for the pork industry.

Please contact Sandra Kavan at (402) 472-0493 or via email 

Original article April 18, Pork Network

Common Swine Industry Audit must-haves