Posted 15 June 2013 - 04:09 PM
we have an audit approaching in one month, and two key personnel are absent. Our maintenance mechanic and QA supervisor. These two key employees are in charge of several key PRPs and SOPs. As SQF Practitioner i can pick up their work load, but my work load is already heavy enough. Do you think that without these two key employees present during the facility audit it will be an automatic failure.
- Allergen PRP
- GMP Personnel hygiene practices
- GMP personnel processing practices
- Product Identification and Tracibility
- Loading Transport and Delivery
- Training PRP
- GPM good practices for maintenance
- Premises and equipment maintenance
- Calibration PRP
What are your thoughts
Having these personnel absent for an SQF audit is not an issue. I've conducted many audits with only the SQF Practitioner sitting across the able from me. It is the SQF Practitioner (review the code if need be) that must be fully familiar with all aspects of your system and if not that is where the issue will be on an audit as the Practitioner knowledge is scored/graded.
However, taking it a step further - under the SQF program you have to have job descriptions and in turn you need coverage for each person as well. The covering personnel must be able to do just that - cover the position. Why not have these people present?
I would also suggest that as the SQF Practitioner that you be fully up to speed on what is expected for this very "key" role. That should not be taken as a hit against you, it's highly suggested so that you don't get written up as not being knowledgeable during an SQF audit.
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