Your contract manufacturers are all required to be equivalent to your SQF certification and that could mean they are either GFSI (one of the schemes) certified or they meet the requiements to equal the certification.
Our clients that use contract manufacturers obtain a copy of their GFSI audit along with their certificate and like Tomato Country Girl each one may call to discuss the CA's or if deemed needed go and do a site visit.
The the ones that that are not GFSI certified, they are required to have at minimum an annual 3rd party and the client most times will visit these facilities as well.
Going back to your question - from an SQF auditing standpoint, the Auditor will be looking for you to follow the exact requirements of the code for contract manufacturers - this will include the GFSI certificates and audits -- there is nothing in the code that says you need to go and audit them.
Edited by SQFconsultant, 25 March 2020 - 03:23 PM.
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