Are the requirements for initial certification same as recertification regarding below sections?
- Internal Audit
- Mock recall
- Food defense
For example, Internal audit will be performed by internal audit team for the year since the last SQF audit. non-conformances identified will be corrected. An NCR will be completed for each non-conformance. This entire exercise is verified during the Recertification audit.
But what about the initial certification? Is an internal audit exercise required for initial audit as well?
similarly, Is a food defense assessment and challenge required even for initial certification?