As I go through our policies/procedures here, I noticed our Business Continuity Plan does not provide a procedure to maintain product supply to our customers in the event of a disaster.
I have discussed this with senior management and in the event of a crisis that would render our facility/equipment unusable/unsafe, I was told we would move to a warehouse location to resume production, packaging, and shipping activities. This warehouse currently sits empty and dormant and is unused for regular facility operations and therefore would not be covered in the scope of our SQF Certification.
I'm pretty sure I know the answer to this already, but would this be problematic during our initial certification audit? That is, if I write in our plan that we will move to another building that is not SQF Certified, would that be a non-conformance?
What other action plans can we take if the above is not acceptable? We do not know of any current suppliers that are set up to product our product the way we do so we wouldn't be able to product the product elsewhere (i.e. in an existing facility that is GFSI accredited) so the only other option would be to cease all production and product supply, rebuild, and resume after that.
In addition, say a tornado came through and leveled our facility and equipment, etc. Would we need to be re-audited if we rebuilt in the same location?