In everything we do, we look for the most simplest way to comply with the requirements without burdening the business with unnecessary work or paperwork.
Does a consultant need to put together an SQF Quality Manual?
It is possible to write your own SQF system without using a consultant. Our first SQF quality manual took us a week to put together. These days, we offer a streamlined service, using templates that have been honed from years of clients and auditors’ feedback. We achieve consistently very high audit scores and are manuals are known throughout the industry for being well laid out and clearly worded.
However, the internal audit will need to be completed by someone who is independent of the quality management system. This can be difficult in small businesses.
If you get too many Non-conformances, then you will run the risk of having six monthly audits, not 12 monthly audits. Therefore, you will need to pay an audit company twice, instead of once, and go through the preparation, upheaval and stress of having a two audits in one year.
SQF certification requires all major non-conformities are closed out within 14 calendar days and minor non-conformities must be closed out within 30 calendar days from the date of the audit (not the date of the audit report).
Failing an SQF audit or not passing with a low score can cost the business a lot of money in further auditing, upgrades and increased work.
We run SQF training in each of the four cities, Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide. Our SQF Training, just like our HACCP Training, is delievred as a workshop, so there is plenty of opportunity to ask specific questions about your business and SQF quality management system.