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Is Direct Observation required in SQF if not required by regulatory?

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#1 SQF1188

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Posted 05 June 2015 - 05:48 PM

I know as part of HACCP through for high risk processes, direct observation is required to verify CCPs and PRPs. In a low risk facility that is not governed by these rules (USDA/FSIS/FDA) are direct observations as part of your verification required for SQF? The phrase "direct observation" isn't even used in the entire SQF Code 7.2. I want to make sure I'm reading on this correctly. Anyone else have any experience with auditors for SQF on this?

 

We're a paper converting facility making paper products for restaurant industry. Low risk, SQF Certified Level 2.

 


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 06:18 PM

It can be and is used as part of the validation and verification process and there is a lot of that in SQF :ejut:


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 06:35 PM

It can be and is used as part of the validation and verification process and there is a lot of that in SQF :ejut:

 

It can be if I say I'm doing direct observation but if I don't say I'm doing direct observation for verification purposes I can verify by record review or perform direct observation less frequently along with record review correct? If I use direct observation for validation purposes could I successfully complete it twice a year and be ok?


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Posted 05 June 2015 - 06:42 PM

I think it would depend on your process.  I just took an advanced HACCP class and my head is still sorting out terminology. 


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Posted 09 June 2015 - 06:54 PM

Here's how we define our observations:

Monitoring - someone is actually observing and recording.

Verification - someone else (usually supervisor or manager) is check that the monitoring is being done correctly.

Validation - upper management is looking at trend charts to make sure the control is working.


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