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Webinar On Demand: Getting to grips with the challenges of remote audits using Safefood 360°

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#1 Barry @ Safefood 360°

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Posted 23 June 2020 - 10:09 AM

Recent events have created a significant challenge for the global food industry in regard to certification, inspection, and regulation.

As external verification through physical auditing and inspection is becoming less practical, the industry has found itself struggling to maintain the certification and inspection framework.

Arguably, the industry was not prepared for the challenges of recent months with many businesses, regulation authorities, and certification bodies turning to digital technologies to bridge the current gap with varying degrees of effectiveness.

Now available to watch on demand is a demonstration of how the Safefood 360° platform offers a solution to these challenges by conducting full and effective remote audits that facilitate both the food business and external inspectors and certification companies.

The session, presented by Safefood 360°CEO George Howlett, also showcased the features of a SaaS platform that allows auditors to effectively and in real-time conduct their activities underscored by the principle of trust but verify.

This included:

  • Easy audit preparation using portals for the request and submission of pre-audit documentation and data
  • Conducting pre and full vertical audits in seconds
  • Remote sharing of the full compliance system with real-time access to all pertinent records, schedules, plans, and workflows
  • Utilization of photographic and video media to support objective evidence
  • Creating full self-assessments of food business suppliers based on standardized workflows and portal collaboration
  • Sharing the current and historical compliance status


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Posted 01 July 2020 - 06:23 PM



Has GFSI updated it's stance on remote audits? It is my understanding that they will not validate remote audits at this moment in time.




#3 Barry @ Safefood 360°

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Posted 02 July 2020 - 10:00 AM

Hi Dan, 


After this webinar was recorded, the GFSI published a statement acknowledging the role of Information and Communications Technologies for remote audits and updated benchmark requirements to reflect this. 
Currently, these requirements call for an element of a full audit to still be conducted on-site, but it will be the responsibility of the Certification Programme Owner to "define what part(s) of the audit may be carried out remotely without compromising the effectiveness of the audit". 
You can read the statement and download the benchmark requirements in full, here: https://mygfsi.com/n...fsi-leadership/
Kind regards,


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