As far as SQF is concerned;
My current facility has a process for receipt of raw materials. Their process is to place everything in quarantine until testing verifies it is in conformance with the COA and suitable for use in production.
After the raw materials have been tested and found acceptable, A QC representative both physically places a green "approved" sticker on the material and ALSO enters the information in to the production data base.
My question is this,
Do we need to do both? If I can prove that the "electronic" quarantine and electronic release would 100% prohibit un-approved materials from being used in production, then isn't that enough? I just don't want to spend the extra man hours having someone locate the pallets of raw material in the warehouse to place a green sticker on the product if that control can be maintained electronically.
A physical green sticker could be lost, it could be on a case that is consumed with the remainder of the pallet returned to the warehouse.....etc..
An electronic release could be assigned to the PO.
Please submit your thoughts and experiences.