Really interesting is position of GFSI in this crisis times. As an auditor I am tracking the situation from hour to hour, and must say that i am confused. Just yesterday we had one remote audit finished for FSSC 22000, and the same day in the evening FSSC 22000 issued notification that CBs will not perform remote audits just only "risk analysis" to complete with the company.
As i understand this is similar to what BRCGS promoting and that is 4 hour interview with the company. Why? Because "interview" and "risk analysis" are asking for the same stuff.
So were we are now?! This made confused the clients, the CBs, the auditors...
What is really finger in my eye,is this sentence, that every certification scheme is mentioning - retail and customers will understand the situation of crisis because they are all in the same shituation.
And this makes me wonder, so in the time of crisis other rules applies for food safety, meaning producers can do what ever, important is to deliver to market.
I really can not agree ladies and gentleman on this...At least remote audits for half of total audit hours is a good thing to keep companies vigilant and ready. I am not saying that companies are not serious, but there are some of them feeling ''food safety relaxed'' at this time.
Also, i am feeling that GFSI and certification schemes are not confident in the CBs and auditor performance, there is no built trust and GFSI decided to stop remotes as the result.
It makes me wonder even deeper - Why GFSI is not trusting the on line performance of remotes that includes document checking in the time of digital industrial revolution, industrial revolution 4.0?
All of this will pass, but nice to see that this pandemic makes people and organisation show their real faces. Maybe we will have additional announcement in 5 days, all is possible as we have seen in previous few weeks.
Take care all of you and keep our food safe regardless of the situation !