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?
I recommend to remember about requirement that I’ve mentioned.
I want to share our approach to assessment of materials and services suppliers.
First I will tell you about suppliers of materials.
3 Terms and definitions (ISO/TS 22002-1)
〈food safety〉 general term used to indicate raw materials, packaging materials, ingredients, process aids, cleaning materials and lubricants.
I propose to separate materials into two categories: high level of hazard and low level of hazard.
I use small tree of decision for define the materials of both categories.
|Q1. Will you use the material as a component of your product?||Yes||High level of hazard.|
|Q2.Will be the material in contact with a product or the primary package during normal operation?||No||Low level of hazard.|
|Q3. Whether is the material designed to reduce the likelihood of hazards or reduce them to the acceptable level?||Yes||High level of hazard.|
|Q4. Whether can the material which you use, lead to appearance of hazards in a case PRP’s requirements are met?||Yes||High level of hazard.|
|Low level of hazard.|
So, now we can define what category our suppliers belong to. How do you think, was this information complicated so far? It was the scheme of using hazard assessment of materials, and on the next step you “shall define a process for the selection, approval and monitoring of suppliers”.
Tell me please, if you are interested in continuing.
To be continued.