Product safety and conformity representative (PSCR) (10.03.2019)

Product innovation frequently results in increasing product complexity, with simultaneous shorter development cycles. Combined with increasing customer expectations in terms of the function and safety of products, this raises particular challenges for all companies involved.

Companies not only have to deal with new customers and their cultures, but also with changing customer expectations and the country-specific laws and requirements that apply to the products. Furthermore, the sensitivity and connectedness of product users and authorities, and public discussions on the issue of product integrity have increased significantly.

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ISO 37001:2016 Anti-bribery management systems – Requirements with guidance for use (16.10.2016)

New anti-bribery management systems standard was published by International Organisation of Standards (ISO) on the 13th of October 2016 .

This standard specifies requirements and provides guidance for establishing, implementing, maintaining, reviewing and improving an anti-bribery management system.

According to the Standard the system can be stand-alone or can be integrated into an overall management system.


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The First issue BRC Global Standard for Retail (7.09.2016)

BRC Global Standards has published BRC Global Standard for Retail on 1 September 2016, and audits against Issue 1 will be available immediately after the publication, in whole or as trial assessments.

Introduced in 2016, the BRC Global Standard for Retail provides essential certification for organizations that retail food products, as well as other products. The Standard covers the activity of retailing, as well as commissary, sourcing, and in store production. Retailers are the last step in the food supply chain prior to the consumer, and play a critical role in managing the supply chain, as well as the delivery of goods and services to the consumer. This Standard is, therefore, designed to promote best practice on product safety, quality and the operational criteria required to fulfill obligations with regard to legal compliance and consumer protection.


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Management of opportunities. (17.04.2016)

I have decided to write this article because I have a lot of questions from students of our training courses, our clients who started to move to the new version ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 and those who only have started to develop quality or environment management system.

One of the difficult tasks that appeared during the review or development of the system was implementation of activities for management of opportunities.


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Significant energy use (9.10.2015)

Very often I receive questions from users of International Standard ISO 50001: what is “significant energy use” and how can we determine it in practice?

I think there are a lot of possibilities to determine “significant energy use” but we recommend simple and well-known method.

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If we are growing, we are always going to be out of our comfort zone (24.09.2015)



An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest (23.09.2015)



Don’t be afraid to make a mistake. (23.09.2015)



Some advice for FSSC certification scheme users. Sequel. (19.09.2015)

We have started discussion about selection and approval of suppliers in the previous article and now we are going to continue.

You have a lot of ways to approve the suppliers. And you need to choose one of them. I propose you the simple form that can help you to make your choice easier.

What should you remember? Before this phase you have done hazard assessment of materials. And you have found out that some of your suppliers bring you high level of hazard materials.

You should determine criteria which allow you to do your choice. For example, if it is high level of hazard materials supplier it should have either a FSSC 22000 (BRC or IFS) certificate mandatorily or at least it has to develop food safety system according to FSSC 22000 (BRC or IFS scheme) and in this case to provide documents which confirm that. The documents will prove your right choice.

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Some advice for FSSC certification scheme users. (30.07.2015)

I would like to remind you one of the ISO/TS 22002-1 requirements:

“9.2 Selection and management of suppliers.

There shall be a defined process for the selection, approval and monitoring of suppliers. The process used shall be justified by hazard assessment…”

What method do you use when you assess hazards?
Or you don’t use hazard assessment when you select your suppliers? May be you forgot about that. What about your auditors? Did they ask you?


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