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#1 Suzie B

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Posted 16 March 2015 - 08:28 PM

Does anyone have an example of how the document covering 2.5.1 thru 2.5.4 should look?  Most of the verification and validation methods have been outlined in the individual procedures.  Any help is appreciated!

 

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Posted 13 April 2015 - 11:50 PM

Hi Suzie,

 

Here are the documents that I use to cover 2.5.1 through 2.5.4:

  • 2.5.1.1 - SQF Practitioner Description and SQF System Review Process
  • 2.5.1.2 - Internal Auditing Program, SQF System Review Process, and Validation and Effectiveness (table)
  • 2.5.1.3 - Document Management Policy
  • 2.5.2.1 - SQF System Review Process, and Validation and Effectiveness (table)
  • 2.5.2.2 - Document Management Policy
  • 2.5.3.1 - Monitoring and Verification Activities (table) and Monitoring and Verification Sections within program, policy, process, etc. documents
  • 2.5.4.1 - Receiving Program, Shipping Program, Equipment Calibration Policy, Pest Control Program, Foreign Matter Control Policy, and Complaint Handling Process
  • 2.5.4.2 - Trailer inspection sheet used for receiving, trailer inspection sheet used for shipping, calibration logs and records, Pest Sighting Log, Breakage Report, Complaint Information Sheet, and Document Management Policy

To summarize our monitoring and verification activities, and validation methods for the auditor (and it's an easy reference for me), I created tables within a Word document with summaries of information that is, in most cases, already covered in a program document:

  • For our "Monitoring and Verification Activities" document (Attached File  Monitoring & Verification Activities.pdf   365.58KB   568 downloads), I used the following column headings:  Food Safety Fundamental, Related Facility Program, Related Document(s), Verification Guidance, Who Performs Monitoring Function?, Who Conducts Verification?, How is Verification Documented?, and Verification Frequency. 
  • For our "Validation and Effectiveness, Methods and Metrics" document (Attached File  Validation and Effectiveness, Methods & Metrics.pdf   242.2KB   476 downloads), I used the following column headings:  Food Safety Fundamental, Related Facility Program, Validation Method, Program Effectiveness Metrics, Frequency of Validation, and Documentation (of validation). 
  • The Food Safety Fundamentals that I have listed as rows in both tables:  Personnel Practices, Training of Personnel, Calibration of Equipment, Management of Pests and Vermin, Premises and Equipment Maintenance, Cleaning, Monitoring Water Microbiology and Quality, Control of Physical Contaminants, Waste Management and Disposal, Allergen Control, Transport and Delivery, and Food Safety.

I hope that helps you some.  Just so you know, this has all been reviewed by two different auditors during both our certification and first recertification audits, and we did not have any problems with them. 

 

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Posted 13 May 2015 - 10:42 PM

Hi Suzie,

 

Here are the documents that I use to cover 2.5.1 through 2.5.4:

  • 2.5.1.1 - SQF Practitioner Description and SQF System Review Process
  • 2.5.1.2 - Internal Auditing Program, SQF System Review Process, and Validation and Effectiveness (table)
  • 2.5.1.3 - Document Management Policy
  • 2.5.2.1 - SQF System Review Process, and Validation and Effectiveness (table)
  • 2.5.2.2 - Document Management Policy
  • 2.5.3.1 - Monitoring and Verification Activities (table) and Monitoring and Verification Sections within program, policy, process, etc. documents
  • 2.5.4.1 - Receiving Program, Shipping Program, Equipment Calibration Policy, Pest Control Program, Foreign Matter Control Policy, and Complaint Handling Process
  • 2.5.4.2 - Trailer inspection sheet used for receiving, trailer inspection sheet used for shipping, calibration logs and records, Pest Sighting Log, Breakage Report, Complaint Information Sheet, and Document Management Policy

To summarize our monitoring and verification activities, and validation methods for the auditor (and it's an easy reference for me), I created tables within a Word document with summaries of information that is, in most cases, already covered in a program document:

  • For our "Monitoring and Verification Activities" document (attachicon.gifMonitoring & Verification Activities.pdf), I used the following column headings:  Food Safety Fundamental, Related Facility Program, Related Document(s), Verification Guidance, Who Performs Monitoring Function?, Who Conducts Verification?, How is Verification Documented?, and Verification Frequency. 
  • For our "Validation and Effectiveness, Methods and Metrics" document (attachicon.gifValidation and Effectiveness, Methods & Metrics.pdf), I used the following column headings:  Food Safety Fundamental, Related Facility Program, Validation Method, Program Effectiveness Metrics, Frequency of Validation, and Documentation (of validation). 
  • The Food Safety Fundamentals that I have listed as rows in both tables:  Personnel Practices, Training of Personnel, Calibration of Equipment, Management of Pests and Vermin, Premises and Equipment Maintenance, Cleaning, Monitoring Water Microbiology and Quality, Control of Physical Contaminants, Waste Management and Disposal, Allergen Control, Transport and Delivery, and Food Safety.

I hope that helps you some.  Just so you know, this has all been reviewed by two different auditors during both our certification and first recertification audits, and we did not have any problems with them. 

 

All the best,

- erin -

 

 

Hi Erin,

 

I was taking a look at the documents you posted here, thanks! They were helpful to kind of get an idea of what these standards were looking for. I had a question about the Validation and Effectiveness document you attached: for the validation documentation, you mentioned validation summaries for each Food Safety fundamental/ element. If it's not too much to ask, would you mind posting a sample of one of these summaries? I suppose I just want to know what sorts of things to look for when engaging in the validation procedure, how detailed the summary needs to be, etc.? 

 

Thanks so much!


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Posted 13 May 2015 - 11:25 PM

Hi Erin,

 

I was taking a look at the documents you posted here, thanks! They were helpful to kind of get an idea of what these standards were looking for. I had a question about the Validation and Effectiveness document you attached: for the validation documentation, you mentioned validation summaries for each Food Safety fundamental/ element. If it's not too much to ask, would you mind posting a sample of one of these summaries? I suppose I just want to know what sorts of things to look for when engaging in the validation procedure, how detailed the summary needs to be, etc.? 

 

Thanks so much!

 

I am glad to have been able to help some!  Here are the templates that I am currently using.  When a program "passes," I just use, "Continue to monitor the program," in the Proposed Action(s) section.

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Posted 13 May 2015 - 11:47 PM

I am glad to have been able to help some!  Here are the templates that I am currently using.  When a program "passes," I just use, "Continue to monitor the program," in the Proposed Action(s) section.

 

Erin,

 

Wow, Thank you so much (and thank you for your quick response as well) !!! This is so very helpful!  :w00t:  :biggrin:

 

What level of SQF did you guys achieve? How was the auditing process for you guys (i.e. how would you describe it)? Did you guys do a GAP/Practice audit first? If so, what are your thoughts on it, do you recommend in investing in one? 


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Posted 14 May 2015 - 06:02 AM

Hi erin.m.v,

 

Thks yr attractive attachments.

 

I was intrigued by yr (minimum) weekly verification frequency schedule for daily allergen control sheets.

i wonder what you do if a discrepancy on, say, a Monday form is only found 1 week later ? I deduce SQF auditors are happy with yr current scheme ?.

My curiosity stems from being dinged in a BRC audit for a related issue. Was obliged to modify schedule so that verification achieved within max. 2 days.


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Posted 08 July 2015 - 10:55 PM

Erin,

 

Wow, Thank you so much (and thank you for your quick response as well) !!! This is so very helpful!  :w00t:  :biggrin:

 

What level of SQF did you guys achieve? How was the auditing process for you guys (i.e. how would you describe it)? Did you guys do a GAP/Practice audit first? If so, what are your thoughts on it, do you recommend in investing in one? 

 

Level 2 (Modules 2 and 12)

 

I was not a part of the mission to become SQF certified until after our facility had its GAP analysis done, but would definitely recommend doing one (if you haven't already) simply because anything that helps you identify areas that need improvement prior to your certification audit is worth investing in.  If we had not fixed the items that were identified in our GAP analysis, we would not have been in a world of hurt at our audit.

 

How was the auditing process for us?  That's a tough question to answer--the auditing process has been many things!  Surprisingly easy at times (because you're well organized), infuriating at times (because of inconsistencies between auditors and between audits), almost fun at times (because auditors are people too and can be good company)...  The auditing process is incredibly easy, if you are prepared.  It becomes miserable when you find yourself being asked about the ONE thing that you didn't have time to get around to doing. 

 

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Posted 14 July 2016 - 08:20 PM

Hi Erin.M.V,

 

Are you still on this forum? I have to ask you how/where you came up with these neat forms? I am just starting the SQF Level 2 process, with an initial audit 2 September. Since I am tackling this MASSIVE project on my own, any help that you (or anyone else) might be able to give is much appreciated. I'm certainly overwhelmed. 

 

Thanks!

 

Wayne 


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Posted 30 September 2016 - 06:40 PM

Hello Erin,

Thanks for your useful post. I was wondering if you would post verification summary template as we had an SQF audit in last week and we have NC regarding this issue (NC: There were no records to show that these verification checks had actually been performed). Though we will achieve rating G but we have to close out some NCs. I moved from the UK to the USA and was not familiar with SQF codes but I gained immense knowledge about SQF codes throughout this audit. This is the company's first SQF audit and I got only 4 months to prepare the company  for SQF certification.

 

Thanks in advance and will appreciate your help.

 

Sincerely,

Raja 


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Posted 01 October 2016 - 01:19 AM

Trying to maintain our original method of verifying the effectiveness of our programs was much too time consuming, so I overhauled it at the beginning of the year. The new system is much less detailed, as it only relies on data pulled from our annual internal audit and re-certification audit findings. For the purposes of our facility (a public frozen good warehouse), which does not handle any exposed food and now has a proven track record of not needing to be micro-managed in order to achieve the desired results, this level of inquiry is adequate. In my opinion, it would not be enough in every situation; some facilities would require a more detailed examination.

 

Hope the attached documents can be of some use.

 

Best wishes,

 

Erin

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Posted 02 October 2016 - 07:20 AM

Hi erin,

 

Nice to hear from you and thks for the interesting document (looks a candidate for an Excel format ?).

 

Seemed quite imaginative to this non-SQF user :thumbup: .

 

Appears to have somewhat re-defined SQF's own terminology - "Food Safety Fundamentals".

 

And introduced a definition for "Effective".

 

Both the above seemed slightly SQF "Auditor - Combative" to myself. Has the document been audit-tested yet ?.


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Posted 03 October 2016 - 10:22 PM

Hi Charles,

 

This was the system that was in place during our last re-certification audit and the auditor reviewed everything, but didn't even have any questions about it. I was ready for them though!  :cool:  Our only 2 non-conformances came from the facility walk-through; for the first time, our documentation got 100%.

 

I feel it is worth mentioning again that I do not believe this system would be appropriate for every facility. For our facility, which does not handle exposed food--ever, it meets the requirements of the SQF Code and only takes me a couple of days to complete, while our previous system took weeks (not to mentioned many, many more sheets of paper!).

 

In 2018, we will have a different SQF auditor and they could have an issue with it. If so, I'll let you know. :smile:

 

Cheers,

 

Erin


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Posted 21 November 2016 - 08:24 PM

Erin,

 

I am wondering how you do the Discrepancy Management Process, and Discrepancy Management Tracker.  I am confused on what this is.

 

Thank You


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Posted 22 June 2017 - 02:24 PM

This has been a great help to me i like the simplicity of your validation summary sheet and will definitely be leaning heavily on it to create some that work for me and my company. Thank you Erin.


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