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#1 agtz

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Posted 30 May 2017 - 02:32 PM

Have you found the Interpretation Guideline useful in internal auditing?


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 03:23 PM

Hi,

 

I haven't really - I find the standard mostly very straight forward in what they want you to carry out most of the time - i haven't really needed to look at it, I normally just use the BRC v7 Toolbox auditing word document.

 

It is good for guidance I suppose for newer companies to BRC v7 as it can be daunting for someone coming to the standard.

 

What do you think.

 

Regards

 

Chris


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 03:36 PM

Hi Chris,

 

I usually find the standard pretty straight forward as well and have recently attended BRC training but have been working in this field for about 9 months now so was just wondering if the Interpretation Guide was worth purchasing since no one here has purchased a copy of the guideline before.

 

Are you referring to the BRC Self-Assessment Tool Issue 7 word document? We have our own that matches each clause up with "Programs"/"Policies" in our company so I'm good there.

 

Was just wondering if the interpretation guideline provided any extra insight into what is expected for the company to have to be in full compliance with a clause.

 

One technique I learned about, liked and am using since I attended BRC Training is to break each clause up into itemized requirements listed within the clause. This helps create more of a checklist to audit against and ensures we don't miss any part of a specific clause. See example below in case it helps.

Obviously, these requirements are already in the clause, it just helps simplify each component that should be present and allows for maybe a more rigorous internal examination to find issues or opportunities for improvement.

 

Example:

 

3.8.1

There shall be documented procedures for managing non-conforming products. These procedures shall
include:
• the requirement for staff to identify and report a potentially non-conforming product
• clear identification of a non-conforming product (e.g. direct labeling or the use of IT systems)
• secure storage to prevent accidental release (e.g. physical or computer-based isolation)
• referral to the brand owner where required
• defined responsibilities for decision making on the use or disposal of products appropriate to the issue
(e.g. destruction, reworking, downgrading to an alternative label or acceptance by concession)
• records of the decision on the use or disposal of the product
• records of destruction where a product is destroyed for food safety reasons.

3.8.1 Checklist

 

A) Documented procedure for managing non-conforming products shall include the requirement for staff to identify and report a potentially non-conforming product.

B) Documented procedure for managing non-conforming products shall include clear identification of a non-conforming product (e.g. direct labeling or the use of IT systems). C) Documented procedure for managing non-conforming products shall include secure storage to prevent accidental release (e.g. physical or computer-based isolation). D) Documented procedure for managing non-conforming products shall include referral to the brand owner where required. E) Documented procedure for managing non-conforming products shall include defined responsibilities for decision making on the use or disposal of products appropriate to the issue (e.g. destruction, reworking, downgrading to an alternative label or acceptance by concession). F) Documented procedure for managing non-conforming products shall include records of the decision on the use or disposal of the product. G) Documented procedure for managing non-conforming products shall include records of destruction where a product is destroyed for food safety reasons.
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Posted 30 May 2017 - 03:38 PM

Sorry about terrible formatting up there. Copied and pasted from Excel and looked better before I posted.


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 03:47 PM

Hi, 

 

No problems :-) 

 

I think it all depends on the person - like you I am happy looking at the standard and knowing what to look for, this comes with experience and I suppose audits with the auditors who tell you no this means this, or that means that!

 

Like the technique you are using now if this makes it easier for you and you like it, getting the guidance documents may just add extra complications as it seems you have more then enough knowledge of BRC and what they want to create the document - basically a gap analysis document for yourself.

 

Regards

 

Chris 


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 03:52 PM

Sounds good! Thanks for your input Chris.

 

Just trying to make sure I use everything available now that I have gone through my first BRC audit and want to improve the internal auditing process as much as possible for this next cycle.

 

- Alison


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Posted 30 May 2017 - 04:12 PM

No problems Alison, hope I was helpful in some way!

 

You will have different auditors who will see certain clauses in certain ways so I just try to remember as long as you have covered the clause/ its works and is fit for purpose - fight back with them - they will if nice/OK give feedback which will help you also - but just make its value added rather then to tick a box.

 

The more you audit and pick up the issues yourselves the less they can find.. :-) 


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Chris


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Posted 06 August 2017 - 05:36 PM

Hi all

 

Does anyone have a PDF of the Interprettion guidlines I could have? I'm a BRC Participate member so have access to the online version of it but I would LOVE to have a nice printed out version.

 

Thanks

John


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Posted 07 August 2017 - 03:57 AM

Hi all

 

Does anyone have a PDF of the Interprettion guidlines I could have? I'm a BRC Participate member so have access to the online version of it but I would LOVE to have a nice printed out version.

 

Thanks

John

 

It's copyright. Cannot help, sorry.


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