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Supplier Approval

A robust supplier approval process must consider the potential risk the material represents in terms of safety, authenticity, legality and quality.

 

A suitable process should detail the methods of supplier approval, the frequency of monitoring, and responsibilities. The methods of supplier approval will depend on the raw material and the risks associated with it and can include a requirement for suppliers to be certified to a GFSI benchmarked scheme, supplier questionnaires or an audit.

 

FSQ Ltd. offers the following services to help your business develop an effective system to manage suppliers of raw materials and packaging:

 

  • Support the development of a raw material risk assessment process, including VACCP and TACCP

  • Design questionnaires to meet your business and supplied material specific requirements

  • Review questionnaire responses and advise on follow up actions

  • Conduct documented audits for approval of new suppliers or maintenance of approval of current suppliers on your behalf, focusing on product safety, traceability, HACCP and good manufacturing processes

  • Verification of suppliers’ ability to meet the specifications of the materials they are supplying

  • Manage non-conformances to satisfactory close out with the supplier.

  • Conduct issue-based audits related to non-conformance of supplied materials or complaint investigation

 

 

 

Threat Assessment Critical Control Points (TACCP)

 

Whereas HACCP is concerned with the prevention of food-borne illnesses through the prevention of unintentional or accidental hazards in food, TACCP is concerned with the prevention of deliberate and intentional contamination of food.

 

PAS96:2017 (Guide to protecting and defending food and drink from deliberate attack) details the types of threats that can occur: economically motivated adulteration, malicious contamination, extortion, espionage, counterfeiting and cyber-crime.

 

TACCP requires an assessment of specific threats to food businesses from intentional contamination, from a range of sources – disgruntled employees, pressure groups, ideologically motivated individuals and terrorists.

 

  • TACCP risk assessment

  • TACCP incident response support

  • Site Security Audits, including:

    • Physical site access review & challenges

    • Visitor and contractor control

    • Permanent and casual employee screening review

 

 

 

Vulnerability Assessment Critical Control Points (VACCP)

 

VACCP is a tool used to identify vulnerabilities in your supply chain due to food fraud incidents such as counterfeiting, adulteration, smuggling, stolen goods, dilution and mislabelling.

 

The VACCP system uses similar principles to HACCP but instead of focusing on how to identify and control hazards, the focus is on how to identify and control vulnerabilities.

 

The key to a successful VACCP assessment is identifying vulnerabilities based on historical and potential opportunities for dishonest activity and, once identified, to introduce mitigation strategies to ensure your exposure is reduced or eliminated.

 

FSQ Ltd. supports your supply chain vulnerability assessment through:

 

  • Development of vulnerability assessment procedure

  • Advice on historic incidents and emerging concerns related to raw materials

  • Working with your procurement team on the effect of availability & price fluctuation

  • Geographic origin and complexity of the supply chain

  • Assessing supplier history and relationship

  • Mitigation strategies including supplier audits and testing