Archive for August, 2015

PRP vs CCP vs oPRP

Posted on: August 28th, 2015 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Prerequisite Program (PRP): Basic conditions and activities that are necessary to maintain a hygienic environment throughout the food chain suitable for the production, handling and provision of safe end products and safe food for human consumption.

oPRP and CCP’s are specific to a food operation and are determined after doing the hazard analysis.

Critical Control Point (CCP): A step at which control can be applied and is essential to prevent or eliminate a food safety hazard or reduce it to an acceptable level.  There are likely to be only a few steps where loss of control will result in the production of a potentially unsafe food.  All CCP’s require control measures, monitoring procedures, CAR’s, responsibilities and records.  In addition, CCP’s require that measurable critical limits be set.

Operational Prerequisite Programs (oPRP): are used to reduce the likelihood that products and/or the processing environment will be exposed to hazards or will be contaminated and that hazards will proliferate.  oPRP’s require control measures, monitoring procedures, CAR’s, responsibilities and records.  They do not require that critical limits be set.

New 2015 Standards

Posted on: August 26th, 2015 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Can organizations embarking on ISO 9001 / 14001 for the first time be certified to the new 2015 standards this year?

I contacted six certification bodies for their comment; two did not respond, one stated their auditors are ready. The other three CBs (SGS, DQS and TUV), suggested that organizations embark on the old standards this year as their auditors are still undergoing training and will write exams on the interpretation of the new standards, due for release in September 2015. The transition period is two years from release of the new standards to convert. You can still be certified to the old standards during this transition period;  these certificates will expire on the third anniversary of the date of publication of ISO9001:2015 and ISO14001:2015.

New ISO Standards

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Join IQS on the 1st of September 2015 for an informative session to discuss the proposed changes to ISO 9001/14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2016 (replacing OHSAS 18001 in Sept. 2016).

Please contact Ashleigh on 031 765 8388 or ashleigh@iqs.co.za for more information on how to register.

Internal Quality Auditor Training

Posted on: August 24th, 2015 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Join us for this popular Internal Quality Auditor training course on the 7 September 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.

Upcoming Training – New ISO Standards

Posted on: August 14th, 2015 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Join IQS on the 1st of September 2016 for an informative session to discuss the proposed changes to ISO 9001/14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2016 (replacing OHSAS 18001 in Sept. 2016).

Please contact Ashleigh on 031 765 8388 or ashleigh@iqs.co.za for more information on how to register.