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Ag52014

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Posted 15 June 2021 - 05:51 AM

Looking for different suggestions on how you carry out internal auditing at your site when you have more than one standard to follow?
E.g BRC section 1 senior management commitment is also included in various customer standard internal audits. Would you complete these at the same time? ie complete the Brc and all relevant customers individual audit checklists ? Or have you created your own audit checklists with all relevant standards included ? Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance


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Posted 15 June 2021 - 07:46 AM

Where there is direct overlap I'd usually audit together - seems pointless doing back-to-back audits of basically the same area.

Normally I'd combine these into one document, as it's fairly easy to copy paste from different bits to compile a single "standard"/checklist, and I find it much easier than trying to audit while switching back and forth between multiple checklists/standards documents.



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Posted 15 June 2021 - 11:23 AM

Looking for different suggestions on how you carry out internal auditing at your site when you have more than one standard to follow?
E.g BRC section 1 senior management commitment is also included in various customer standard internal audits. Would you complete these at the same time? ie complete the Brc and all relevant customers individual audit checklists ?
Or have you created your own audit checklists with all relevant standards included ?
Any suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance

I agree with pHruit. Combine them. We have USDA, FDA and SQF regulations. If two regulations are similar - I use the strictest one. That way you are covered for both.



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Posted 15 June 2021 - 01:34 PM

Also agree with the approaches suggested.

 

We have one document for each section to be audited and have a checklist which includes third party requirements, customer codes of practice and our own internal policy - in cases where it's higher / different to the third party / customer. 

 

Takes time to pull the info together and it's a pain when the standard changes - but it works well and ensures everything is covered. Also good for gap analysis work too !



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Posted 15 June 2021 - 01:41 PM

I absolutely agree with the above. If you want a suggestion on how to cover your butt with the various auditors, you can title the audit "XX COMPANY Internal Audit" then in your subheading list "Standards Covered: X, X, X". Simple fix to let the various auditors know at a glance you have several standards that you must meet, and that you have spent the effort to meet them all.



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Posted 15 June 2021 - 03:16 PM

Previous assumes different Standards are "compatible",  eg I anticipate that BRC is probably the only one which needs a risk based frequency ?


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Posted 25 June 2021 - 05:35 AM

Thanks for everyone’s suggestions. Looks like I’ll implement the one document. Will be all worth it in the end.






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