I am starting to lose my head, I think , and would appreciate a sanity check.
As a refresher, I just started at a company that makes gluten free protein bars and bites and I am the project manager in charge of driving the completion of our HACCP program with an additional eye toward SQF Level 2 certification. I have been into so many different sources of information, I'm starting to go cross-eyed and get a little overwhelmed. Which is exactly what I was hired to help people avoid!
Right now, we are writing our SOPs which cover everything from receiving, inspection and storage of raw material to the production and packaging processes as well as shipment of finished goods, and equipment and facilities maintenance.
We also have a HACCP Plan which includes an overview, process flow diagram, product descriptions, hazard analyses of ingredients and process and then a list of PRPs.
I think where I'm getting lost is that my understanding is that PRPs are, in fact, the documented SOPs...right? And what about SSOPs? We have sanitation included in our SOPs so do we need a separate and distinct SSOP section of documents? And aren't GMPs our SOPs? In other words, we have concluded that our standard operating procedures are, indeed, the best practices and therefore are the good manufacturing process? (I'm not addressing continual improvement in this question as I'm considering it an inherent part of the entire process/program.)
I know these are a ton of questions but any type of slap upside the head to get my thinking straight would be greatly appreciated.