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  • Writer's pictureSonia Andre

๐——๐—ถ๐—ฑ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„? (BRCGS FS issue 9 - clause 1.1.2)

During your BRCGS FS v9 audit, the auditor will assess your business ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—ฑ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ณ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜† & ๐—ค๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜๐˜† ๐—–๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—œ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฃ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป (๐—ฐ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ ๐Ÿญ.๐Ÿญ.๐Ÿฎ).


โ—ย The auditor will NOT provide a score or a compliance status about the maturity of your business FS&Q culture.


โ—ย They are NOT there to say โ€˜your business FS&Q culture is great, weak, or not good enoughโ€™.


๐Ÿ‘๏ธย The auditor will look and assess โ€˜๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ปโ€™ and whether the company is giving itself the means to be on an ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ฝ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ต regarding the FS&Q business culture, no matter where that improvement journey started from.


๐Ÿ‘๏ธย The auditor will therefore want to see ๐Ÿฐ ๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€ during the audit:


1๏ธโƒฃย Did the site carry out and document ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ถ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—™๐—ฆ&๐—ค ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ? (ideally this involves a combination of staff surveys and/or interviews, review of the site performance against the existing FS&Q KPIs, and observations of food safety related staff๏ธ behaviours)


2๏ธโƒฃย From that initial assessment, did the site ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ถ๐—ณ๐˜† ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜€ ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐˜๐—ต๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜„๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต ๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป designed to support and improve the FS&Q culture? (this should include clear activities with timelines and responsibilities listed, as well as a record of each activity completion status and an explanation as to how the efficiency of each activity will be measured and monitored)


3๏ธโƒฃย Is the ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ช๐—œ๐—ฃ (๐˜„๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ธ ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ด๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€)? Has it effectively started? (regardless of whether it is a 2-year plan, a 5-year plan etc, is there evidence that some of the activities planned have indeed happened?)


4๏ธโƒฃย Has the site been ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฝ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜† ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ to be able to see what works well, what works not so well, what adjustments need to be made ? (the auditor will want to see minutes of the review meetings and โ€˜next stepsโ€™ agreed).


๐ŸŒ€ย So, to sum up, what the auditor is verifying during the audit, as far as clause 1.1.2 is concerned, is that ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐——๐—–๐—” ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฝ๐˜ (๐—ฃ๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป-๐——๐—ผ-๐—–๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ธ-๐—”๐—ฐ๐˜) ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—™๐—ฆ&๐—ค ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ, ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—œ๐—ฆ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ฎ ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐—น๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ท๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜†.


I hope this helps ๐Ÿ˜Š



BRCGS Food Safety & Quality Culture Plan
BRCGS Food Safety & Quality Culture Plan

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