What Standard Do I Need?
At QMS Audits, we now the key to working out what type of food standard you require to certify your business is to look at your customer base. You may only need HACCP Certification or you may have to opt for a bigger more demanding GFSI standard, such as SQF or BRC.
Naturally you will have to maintain your requirements with the local council, NSW Food Authority or Primesafe or other regulatory body. Your customers will also have a series of requirements for your business as well – often these requirements are a condition of a new contract or tender.
If you are a manufacturer suppling into the food service and quick service restaurant industry (QSR), then you will may only need HACCP certification. QMS Audits can assist you to do the training, write up HACCP Plan and document your prerequisite programs into a quality manual. Depending on who you are supplying into, we may even be able conduct your HACCP audit. Click here to see the QMS Audits HACCP Audit Certification Page.
If you are supplying into larger manufacturers, then you need to ask them what their requirements are. Some customers only require HACCP, others will require you to comply with their own proprietary standards or they may ask you for SQF, BRC, ISO 22000/FSSC 22000 or another GFSI based standard.
For manufacturers supplying customer branded or private label product into one of the major supermarket brands, then you will need to be certified to a GFSI based standard, such as SQF, BRC or ISO 22000.
Initial GFSI Certification – SQF, BRC and ISO 22000
At QMS Audits, we have written up many taken many small to medium businesses through the process of getting GFSI certification, whether it be for SQF, BRC, ISO 22000 or another standard. We can usually do this within about an 8 -12 week period, sometimes less.
For all of our HACCP Plans, Quality Manuals and prerequisite programs we supply an electronic copy of the document, as well as two folders which will assist with managing records on the day of the audit.
Our focus is not just on getting your business through the audit with a high score, it is also about ensuring you understand the requirements of HACCP and the quality program. QMS Audits will teach you how to manage your production records. Together, we can conduct an internal audit, so you feel prepared for the audit. It helps you to achieve a high score at the audit – last year our SQF scores averaged above 97%.
Many of our clients ask QMS Audits to attend the audit to offer moral support, help them to explain processes to the auditor or keep the auditor on the straight and narrow. If there are any non-conformances, then we can work to address to them straight away during the audit.
At QMS Audits, we have detailed the process taken to achieve GFSI certification here – SQF and BRC. For more information regarding ISO 22000, please give us a call.