I have this question about scheduling my SQF audit and I apologize if it's basic but I want to make sure that I understand the code and schedule the audits appropriately.
One of my facilities is wanting to change their audit window to this summer, July-September. We typically have our audits December-February, so we've had ours already.
Here's where I have some confusion: I have a new piece of palletizing equipment coming in, which will randomize my quality sampling more, but does not increase or decrease the amount of sampling. While we should validate the system, there isn't a major change to the product itself (this is a post-packaging quality check). While SQF states there should be at least 60-days/2 months of data for a change in the process, would this count because it's only new equipment? The process isn't truly changing per se, but I also want to make sure that I understand our limits and don't want to schedule and then the auditor needs to come back in 30 or 60 days depending on data they need.
Would it be acceptable to go ahead and change the audit window with this equipment coming in? Or are we setting ourselves up for a re-inspection needed in a short amount of time.
Thanks y'all, appreciate any insight and wisdom and questioning!!