One of the first steps in your Food Safety Management System (FSMS) implementation project is to compare your current FSMS to the requirements of the SQF Code. This is most commonly called a Gap Analysis.
The most important tool for the Gap Analysis is the Audit Checklist. This is a list of the requirements in the code, written in question format. The auditor will use this list to compare your current system with the requirements of the SQF Code.
Learn more! Register for our online training: Gap Analysis Checklists and Tutorial Online Training. This training will provide you with checklists for ISO 22000 and the Prerequisite Programs for your industry. The tutorial will outline the steps for planning and conducting the Gap and instruct you on what to do with the information you gather.
Schedule the audit ahead of time, so you can inform employees about the Gap Analysis. Allow enough time to do an in-depth audit. The more information you can provide the more efficient and effective your project will be.
When the audit has been completed, meet with the auditors to summarize the results. These results will be transferred to task lists for the implementation. This meeting should be held shortly after the audit, so that information is fresh in the auditors' memory.
Review the project plan:
The audit schedule
Follow the schedule that you have prepared. Go into each area of the facility to evaluate the current quality system.
Summarize the audit findings in the form of a task list. You will usually identify several categories of tasks.
Use our detailed audit checklist and training for an effective Gap Analysis.
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