We are trying to obtain SQF certification. We do not work with any food or organic matter, we are strictly a packaging manufacturer and plastic material supplier (we specialize entirely in plastics, ex. tortilla bags). It's my understanding that Module 13, the GMP requirements, are considered "applicable elements" and "Not all elements are applicable. There may be some sections or clauses that do not apply to your site." Can someone confirm if this is correct? For example, 18.104.22.168 references any outdoor eating areas, which we do not have. That being said, we do not need a written procedure for the maintenance of an outdoor cleaning area, correct? Or should a small statement be included anyway?
In terms of the mandatory clauses, I am having some trouble with 2.3.4 Approved Supplier Program, specifically 22.214.171.124: "126.96.36.199 Supplier audits shall be based on risk and shall be conducted by individuals knowledgeable of applicable regulatory and food safety requirements and trained in auditing techniques." To clarify, the supplier is responsible for this audit, correct? Or does it mean our company needs to audit every individual supplier? Would this also apply to something like our ink suppliers? (given our work, we use flexographic ink, asking because I'm unsure if ink suppliers would be monitoring/certified for food safety?). Apologies if any of these questions seem redundant, I am completely new to all this.