I am looking for insight into this new directive put forward by the CFIA which eliminates their Approved Supplier List and places the onus on producers to prove that a material brought into the plant is safe for use. This includes the materials used for construction, packaging and processing aids.
I am ok handling the latter two materials, but when it comes to approving every construction material that is used in our plant I am stuck. The maintenance department is responsible for purchasing what they need, and while I would like to believe that they consult a list, I have great doubts. Now that we will be required to not only ensure that something is on a list, but supply a letter of guarantee or some other proof of compliance I fear that this will get overlooked.
I plan on writing an SOP for approving purchase of construction materials and having maintenance sign off on it, but I do not know how to ensure that the approval process works further than that. As you know maintenance departments are a beast unto their own!
Does anyone have any success stories of how they deal with approving materials maintenance uses in the plant?
Thanks so much!