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#1 Kelly S

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Posted 10 August 2015 - 11:09 PM

Hi all,

 

We are a broker of dry and chilled dairy and we use contracted warehouses. We have just started to conduct site audits of both our warehouse and suppliers and my question is, how frequently should a site audit be conducted? 

I had an idea to frame it like this

 

Site Audit -> 2 years -> Desktop Audit -> 2 years -> Site Audit -> etc.

 

Any ideas?


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Posted 11 August 2015 - 04:17 AM

Hi there,

 

I would base my audit frequency on certification, product risk, supplier history and volume handled.

 

Based on that the priority suppliers annually maybe more often if you are having issues with them.

 

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Tony



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Posted 11 August 2015 - 05:25 PM

Hi all,

 

We are a broker of dry and chilled dairy and we use contracted warehouses. We have just started to conduct site audits of both our warehouse and suppliers and my question is, how frequently should a site audit be conducted? 

I had an idea to frame it like this

 

Site Audit -> 2 years -> Desktop Audit -> 2 years -> Site Audit -> etc.

 

Any ideas?

 

Standard methods in use by official organizations like FDA do exist for food manufacturing units. These are published and use a simple (eg RTE? etc),short questionnaire based on similar to Tony's criteria but in a more quantitative way. 2-3 are linked/attached on this forum (somewhere) (IIRC USA/UK/Australia).

 

Do you have to justify the frequency to anybody ?

 

In the absence of any guidelines, the typical approach is to initially use a higher rate than you think "plausible". Published methods exist to then start  reducing if no problems, eg -

 

http://www.ifsqn.com...ncy/#entry91867


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Charles.C






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