Jump to content

  • Quick Navigation
- - - - -

Interpretation of FSMA's standard section 117.475 7 iv. stating that the documentation of an onsite audit must include the conclusion


  • You cannot start a new topic
  • Please log in to reply
2 replies to this topic

#1 jbaus


    Grade - Active

  • IFSQN Active
  • 1 posts
  • 0 thanks

  • United States
    United States

Posted 05 February 2020 - 08:53 PM

I am curious what everyone's interpretation of FSMA's standard section 117.475 7 iv. It states that the documentation of an onsite audit must include the "conclusion" of the audit. If we require all of our vendors to provide us with a GFSI certificate, wouldn't this be the conclusion of the audit as they wouldn't receive the certificate without addressing all non-conformance's with appropriate corrective actions? Or do you read this as the entire audit is required? 


Thank you 



Edited by jbaus, 05 February 2020 - 08:54 PM.

#2 The Food Scientist

The Food Scientist

    Grade - PIFSQN

  • IFSQN Principal
  • 926 posts
  • 241 thanks

  • United States
    United States
  • Gender:Female
  • Interests:Food Science, Nature, SQF, Learning, Trying out new foods, Sarcasm.

Posted 05 February 2020 - 09:21 PM

To my knowledge It means if you conduct an audit for a supplier the documentation with that must include the conclusion, YOUR conclusion, how did the audit go? Results?


If your vendor has a GFSI certificate , would you still conduct an onsite audit? Maybe, maybe not. Up to you. If you do, you still need your conclusion of the audit. 


At a previous job I had a customer come in and audit us, they had their checklist and audit form. That is their conclusion. Although we were SQF certified. But they still came to audit us regardless.

Edited by The Food Scientist, 05 February 2020 - 09:21 PM.

Everything in food is science. The only subjective part is when you eat it. - Alton Brown.

#3 SQFconsultant



  • IFSQN Fellow
  • 3,090 posts
  • 788 thanks

  • United States
    United States
  • Gender:Male
  • Interests:Truth is like a delicious slice of watermelon... you just want more and more!

Posted 05 February 2020 - 10:17 PM

The certificate is not the conclusion of the audit - it is the corrective actions, possible outbrief summary and closure of corrective actions.

Kind regards,


Glenn Oster
GOC GROUP / +1.772.646.4115 / Food - Food Packaging - Food Storage/DC

SQF, BRC & IFS System Development, Implementation & Certification Consultants

Serving Small-to-Mid-Size Businesses | Now accepting: BTC, XRP, ETH, DAI, USDCoin & LTC

Internal Auditor Training | eConsultant | FSVP | United States - Panama - Costa Rica

http://www.GlennOsterConsulting.com  -- 



Please consider making a donation to Oster Missions. We are collecting monies to 

assist a recently widowed American citizen residing in Panama who just lost her husband.

Please see the GOC NEWS SECTION of our main page for Card and Crypto-Donations

Oster Missions is a 501c3 US Registered Charity Organization.










0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users

EV SSL Certificate