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#1 Steiny_A

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 11:39 PM

I'm putting together a general SQF and regulatory training, and I'm hoping to easily get employees to understand SQF specifically and how FSMA relates.

 

What drives demand for SQF vs. other GFSI recognized bodies?

Is there list that covers the gaps between SQF certification and FSMA compliance?

What are some common questions you've had auditors ask employees that you feel could have been answered better?

 

Thanks for your input!



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Posted 09 November 2019 - 08:39 AM

What drives demand for SQF vs. other GFSI recognized bodies?

A mix of regional and customer preference - SQF seems to be significantly more prevalent in the US, but that may be because the US retailers / major brands have a preference for SQF. In the UK we see the same effect with BRC.

 

What are some common questions you've had auditors ask employees that you feel could have been answered better?

Honestly the biggest issue we have, even with well trained employees, is the "I'm going to panic because the auditor is asking me a question" problem - I've seen people instantly forget things that they know well enough to recite / do in their sleep.

I guess it's a bit like the panic that afflicts a lot of people when they sit and exam in school.

 

Is there list that covers the gaps between SQF certification and FSMA compliance?

I'm not intricately familiar with SQF, but is there not a requirement for compliance with local regulations (e.g. FSMA in the US) inherent in the standard?



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Posted 09 November 2019 - 10:24 AM

I'm putting together a general SQF and regulatory training, and I'm hoping to easily get employees to understand SQF specifically and how FSMA relates.

 

What drives demand for SQF vs. other GFSI recognized bodies?

Is there list that covers the gaps between SQF certification and FSMA compliance?

What are some common questions you've had auditors ask employees that you feel could have been answered better?

 

Thanks for your input!

 

IIRC Acheson have published a comparison such as you mention and which is posted on this forum (somewhere).

 

IIRC SQF equalled or exceeded all (or perhaps nearly all) the fizz requirements. :smile:


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Charles.C


#4 FurFarmandFork

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Posted Yesterday, 04:59 PM

 

 

I'm not intricately familiar with SQF, but is there not a requirement for compliance with local regulations (e.g. FSMA in the US) inherent in the standard?

 

Yes. So the whole "gap analysis" between the two is kind of silly. However, SQF auditors are not good at evaluating regulatory requirements, the audits pretty much stick to the SQF code.


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