I have a situation that I would like as many opinion as possible. The issue is, recently SQFi has instructed it's auditors to verify if the current Certification Body (CB) is on the manufacturer's approved suppliers list. As per SQFi, "Element 2.3.3 requires you to have specifications for those entities that provide a service that impacts food safety and quality. The CB has a direct impact to your operation and the facility should have a description of the services provided by the CB."
In our opinion, the CB does provide a service but we cannot see what is the impact on food safety and quality. The CB provides audit services to validate that we, the food manufacturer are applying the SQF Code accordingly in order to acheive certification. Our food safety programs were there long before SQF came along, as most, ours are based on HACCP and build using an ISO 9000 structure, a few adjustment were done to meet the SQF Code, but the purpose of the CB and his audit service is to assure the we meet certification criterias - we do not agree that there are any impacts on food safety from the CB for auditing. We would agree to this only if the CB would provide consultation services to our company.
Thanks for your help and comments.
Edited by Charles.C, 21 August 2014 - 05:15 AM.