I have a question regarding the internal audits for level 2 certificaiton. For our GAP analysis the auditor pointed out that the internal audit that we conducted did not cover all elements of level 2 SQF. I asked the auditor if i could use the module 2 and 11 checklist for level 2 that is provided by the SQF website, but he said that will not comply.
I understand it should cover module 2 and 11 and all elements of the SQF code. Im pressed for time with our approaching audit, and i need a check list that will comply with the SQF code. Does any one have a check list that covers module 2 and 11 that I can use for the internal audit. Also, after reading the guidance document for internal audit I do not know how often self audits should be conducted. Should it be monthly, every three months, six months, or annually. I was also told that it would be a conflict of interest for me (SQF prac.) to do the internal audit.
Please provide your thoughts
Thank you in advance,
Not a user of SQF myself but I suspect yr query is close to FS standard-generic.
I presume your auditor was objecting on grounds of the format style of the downloadable audit checklist (eg non-question format / not fully itemised albeit textually complete). Being rather “cute” IMO if not willingly clarified upon request. I don’t really see why a checklist must be questionized but seems that this is the IA situation (my travelling inspection form is a mix).
Similarly to near final paragraph in detailed previous post, I get the impression many people simply reverse engineer the requirements from module2, etc to generate a question form ? In fact it seemed to me that Jason Young has already donated a nice, ready-to-be reversed document/ ver.7 in word form in an earlier thread here. Not sure if an equivalent, reversed checklist has been posted as well, perhaps not ??
I agree with comments in previous post that completing this form does not "complete" a demonstration of compliance of the FS system to the standard but the quick procedure does seem to be the basis of an auditorially accepted “minimalist” solution for BRC / SQF / ISO22000, eg suitable under heavy time-contraints ? Personally, for other standards, I also add on a Corrective Action segment after the IA list for convenient x-referencing and linking of potential risk-based changes to the scheduling. I noticed Jakmqa has posted a simple split schedule form for SQF (but maybe pre-ver.7 only) which could be modified if required.
Maybe try these threads (a few of many) for more info –
No doubt, users of SQF will correct me if I have gone over-generic. Please .
Rgds / Charles.C