Archive for July, 2015

GFSI Certification Requirements

Posted on: July 22nd, 2015 by IQS_Admin No Comments

GFSI Recognized Certification Schemes require that you design and document a Food Safety Management System (FSMS). Each scheme contains specific requirements to be addressed by the FSMS. What is required for Certification? Here is a short summary. Requirements include:

• Having an overall Food Safety Policy for your organization, developed by top management.
• Setting objectives that will drive your companies efforts to comply with this policy.
• Planning and designing a management system and documenting the system.
• Maintaining records of the performance of the system.
• Establishing a group of qualified individuals to make up a Food Safety Team.
• Defining communication procedures to ensure effective communication with important contacts outside the company (regulatory, customers, suppliers and others) and for effective internal communication.
• Having an emergency plan
• Holding management review meetings to evaluate the performance of the FSMS
• Providing adequate resources for the effective operation of the FSMS including appropriately trained and qualified personnel, sufficient infrastructure and appropriate work environment to ensure food safety
• Following HACCP principles
• Establishing a traceability system for identification of product
• Establishing a corrective action system and control of nonconforming product
• Maintaining a documented procedure for handling withdrawal of product
• Controlling monitoring and measuring devices
• Establishing and maintaining and internal audit program
• Continually updating and improving the FSMS

 

Environmental Incident Reporting Requirements

Posted on: July 22nd, 2015 by IQS_Admin No Comments

The National Environmental Management: Waste Act Section 36 (5) states “An owner of land that is significantly contaminated, or a person who undertakes an activity that caused the land to be significantly contaminated, must notify the Minister and MEC of that contamination as soon as that person becomes aware, of that contamination”. Organizations should take note of this new reporting requirement effective 2 May 2014, and include the requirements in their Incident Reporting procedure. In addition, new definitions for ‘incidents’ have been included into the National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998: Section 30: Control of Emergency Incidents. Action required for ISO14001 compliance is to amend the procedure addressing reporting of environmental incidents to reflect the amended definition, and train employees on the new definition.

OZONE DEPLETION

Posted on: July 22nd, 2015 by IQS_Admin No Comments

New Ozone Depleting Substances Regulations GNR 351 dated 8 May 2014 have been promulgated; in terms of section 29 of the Air Quality Act phase-out and management plans are required in terms of these Regulations. Action is to create an inventory of all air conditioners, identify which refrigerants are used, and consult the Regulations to identify which one’s have to be phased out and by when. R-22 for example is an ozone-depleting refrigerant, and is typically replaced by R-410A (which contains only fluorine) and does not contribute to ozone depletion.  However, when conducting risk assessments, note that R-410A has a high global warming potential (1725 times the effect of carbon dioxide), similar to that of R-22.

Internal Quality Auditor Training

Posted on: July 16th, 2015 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Join us for this popular Internal Quality Auditor training course on the 13th of August 2015 where Hugh Davies will outline the process approach to auditing based on ISO 9001:2008.  Case studies and practical tips will be covered during this training and certificates issued.  The new requirements for 2015 will be discussed.  Contact us on ashleigh@iqs.co.za for details on this training.

Internal Quality Auditor Training

Posted on: July 9th, 2015 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Join us for this popular Internal Quality Auditor training course on the 13th of August 2015 where Hugh Davies will outline the process approach to auditing based on ISO 9001:2008.  Case studies and practical tips will be covered during this training and certificates issued.  The new requirements for 2015 will be discussed.  Contact us on ashleigh@iqs.co.za for details on this training.

 

 

Internal Quality Auditor Training

Posted on: July 3rd, 2015 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Join us for this popular course on the 07 July 2015.  Hugh Davies will facilitate this training and outline the approach to auditing based on ISO 9001:2008.  Case studies and practical tips will be covered and certificates issues.  The new requirements for 2015 will also be discussed.  Contact us on ashleigh@iqs.co.za for details of our next course.

What is GFSI?

Posted on: July 3rd, 2015 by IQS_Admin No Comments

GFSI stands for Global Food Safety Initiative.  GFSI does not offer any certification of its own but evaluates different food safety standards against a set of criteria they have developed. They use this criteria to determine whether the food safety standards are equivalent and certification would be acceptable. If so, that food safety standard is recognized by GFSI.

GFSI Certification means that a company would be certified to a food safety standard that is recognized by GFSI. This gives you the freedom to select which food safety standard to implement in your company as long as you select one from their list of options.  Once you select the standard, you would implement it in your company and then have a 3rd party audit by a certification body. Upon successful completion of the audit, you will be granted your certificate.

So, although many people use the term “GFSI Certified” that is not correct and there is no “GFSI Certification” but what they mean is “Certification to a GFSI recognized standard”.

The following standards are recognised by GFSI:

  • FSSC 22000
  • SQF
  • BRC Global Standard for Food Safety
  • BRC-IOP Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials