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Posted 21 July 2016 - 06:03 PM

Hi everyone,


I am trying to write an SOP for my company for the qualification of suppliers (for raw materials and ingredients). I looked it up online and it seems most SOPs include a detailed questionnaire and/or an audit of the supplier's facility.

We are a small company and could definitely not afford to audit our suppliers.

How strong can a qualification procedure be without without an audit?


For the record, until now we are relying on collecting documents (organic cert, spec sheets, etc) and approving each ingredient prior to purchase with analyses, and testing again against our specs upon reception of the material.

I feel like our testing should go a long way in ensuring that each ingredient is safe/meets specs. We don't have a supplier questionnaire (we know that most of our suppliers have their own suppliers who possibly have their own suppliers... so I feel like asking them to detail their handling and QA practices might be a bit besides the point since they are mostly a warehouse with a lot of sales reps).




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Posted 21 July 2016 - 07:54 PM

You need to understand the origin and supply chain for your products.  If you cannot audit what can you do?  Get specifications, certificate of conformities, certificates of analysis, copies of GFSI certificates if they are certified or if not then an overview of their HACCP and Food Safety & Quality Management systems.  This is often done by way of a comprehensive questionnaire covering all elements of a FSQMS.  You must do what you can within reason to get the necessary assurances.




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