Archive for February, 2016

What is SQF?

Posted on: February 29th, 2016 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Safe Quality Food (SQF) is a food safety certification scheme.  The SQF Food Safety Management System is designed to provide organizations with a rigorous system to manage food SQF is GFSI Recognized and benchmarked to provide you with the recognition you need to supply products to leading manufacturers and retailers worldwide.

SQF Highlights is managed by the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), allows the choice between Level 2 -Food Safety or Level 3 -Food Safety and Quality, and to the ability to choose GMP/PRP requirements specifically for your industry sector. This is achieved by presenting requirements in different industry Modules of the code. Each organization must identify the modules that apply, and meet those requirements. Over 5000 are companies registered worldwide

What is GFSI?

Posted on: February 29th, 2016 by IQS_Admin No Comments

The Global Food Safety Initiative is an organization that has evaluated different food safety certification schemes and determine which ones meet their criteria. Most retailers and food manufacturers are looking for a GFSI recognized food safety certification from their suppliers. Recognized certification schemes include FSSC 22000, SQF Levels 2 and 3, BRC and others.  Because GFSI has established criteria for the schemes to meet, there are similarities between the benchmarked systems. However, the requirements do vary, and the way the standards are managed is different between systems. While SQF and BRC are considered product/process certifications, FSSC 22000 is a Food Safety Management System certification.  FSSC 22000 is the fastest growing certification scheme with over 9000 certifications world wide.

Industrial Chemicals

Posted on: February 29th, 2016 by IQS_Admin No Comments

According to a Cape Times report, Environment Minister Edna Molewa told the Chemical and Land Remediation Summit in Pretoria that it was a problem that there was currently no legal authority ensuring that industrial chemicals were subjected to a rigorous risk assessment before they were introduced into SA. In SA, most of the chemical contamination of land was from mining, agriculture and the petroleum and steel industries, according to the report. It says Molewa noted that SA was a signatory to several international environmental agreements on chemical management and safety, but these agreements had not been translated into domestic legislation.

This is an important gap in our legislation, which now seems to have been identified. [Source: Lizette van der Walt – Environmental Law Advisor lvdw@global.co.za ]

Carbon Tax

Posted on: February 29th, 2016 by IQS_Admin No Comments

The draft Carbon Tax Bill, published on 2 November 2015 provides for the introduction of carbon tax in a phased manner. Entities with a thermal capacity of around 10MW will be subject to the tax in the first phase.  Due to several tax free allowances that will apply in the first phase, the full effect of the act, once promulgated, will come into effect in 2021. This implementation phase should be used to calculate and prepare for the implications of the tax and ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

ISO 9001:2015 Requirements & Implementation

Posted on: February 5th, 2016 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Join us on the 16th of February 2016 for this training where we will help organizations prepare for a smoother transition, we will also discuss the proposed changes to ISO 9001 / 14001:2015 and ISO 45001:2016 (replacing OHSAS 18001 in September 2016).  Practical tips will be covered and certificates issued.  To register for this training, contact Ashleigh on 086 133 7779 or ashleigh@iqs.co.za.

Training – Internal Quality Auditor

Posted on: February 5th, 2016 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Join us for this popular training course on the 15th of March 2016.  Hugh Davies will facilitate this training and outline the approach to auditing based on ISO 9001:2008/2015.  Case studies and practical tips will be covered and certificates issued.  The new requirements for 2015 will be discussed.  Should you be interested in attending this training, please contact ashleigh@iqs.co.za for more information on how to register.