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


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#1 jbaus


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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? 


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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.

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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.

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