Unannounced Audits

The nonsense of unannounced audits for BRCGSFSSC 22000 and IFS – International Featured Standards.

Now that all (un)recognized have included unnanounced audits in their scheme, the impact of this is starting to become clear.

For a longer period of time, with a small QA department expect their QA manager to be available and unable to go on vacation. Once I spent 2 holiday days on the for the gingerbread torondo, a reason to develop our real-time food platform. Now history repeats for today’s with unannounced audits.

Scaricity of QA Managers

Due to the limited number of QA managers in the entire Food industry, many companies are partly dependent on external QA managers / consultants to validate the system and for , converting it to the of BRC9, and it is nice if these external parties can also explain this during an . By performing a complete audit unnannouced, an unworkable situation is created for these external parties. When an unannounced audit takes place at 10 companies in a year, 30 days of are simply removed from your planning, because the Food still expects you to be present at the audit. With QAssurance we can provide direct online support with the iMIS Food Helpdesk, but I notice that customers prefer our presence at the audit.

History of certification

has existed since 1760. The world looked different then. The purpose of certification was to validate and verify that a ship was good enough to cross the ocean. Due to the increase in requirements from legislation, standards, customers and consumers, it is becoming increasingly difficult to properly perform this step within a Food company. 

Conclusion Unannounced Audits for GFSI certification

As a Food industry, let’s accept that certification has become . And that during the audit it is tested whether the company has properly incorporated the required schedule in the system. Then the entire current way of auditing can also be changed. An auditor can work much more online with the experts regarding system validation and can also do so for example, starting an unannounced online session one morning to verify some topics as a schedule that would like to see happen in the context of Food Safety .

The current way of certification and unannounced audits demands too much from the people who keep the QA system up and running. Just let QA managers and external consultants work on the and a continuously well-functioning QA system, instead of spending all energy on the preparation of an unannounced audit.

It’s time for the Food Industry to say this far and no further. The current GFSI suspension of IFS and the resulting issues show that the scheme managers have lost touch with reality.

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