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Field Notes
In this interesting for(GFSI) released the new 7.1 version of its
benchmarking requirements. Clause 2.5.5
Keep in mind-audits must be con- mulation to maintain the
importance of unannounced
defines as mandatory that the certificaducted at least annually to ensure
audits, it's somehow implicit
tion program owners "shall ensure that
that recertification is granted
that organizations with
unannounced audits, which can offer a
before the certificate expires.
less-mature systems should
greater degree of assurance compared
not apply for unannounced
with announced audits, shall be available
audits. Although true, it's not the lack of matuas a preferred option in the program offered by the scheme."3
rity of organizations' food safety schemes that
According to Izabela Palgan, senior technical manager at the
explains why so few of them have chosen to
GFSI, the new requirements "obviously represent a little bit of work
join unannounced audits (6%, according to the
for the certification program owners to incorporate new requireBRC technical team) but again, as in the case of
ments in the next nine months, but certainly, it is not a surprise for
the certification itself, clients are defining it as
them because they participate in the platform that collaborate to
mandatory or not.
prepare the requirements.
Table 2 shows the main characteristics of
"Unannounced audits must be presented as an option-but
BRC's unannounced audit program. What disfor the moment, not as mandatory-because we recognize that
tinguishes it from the other food safety schemes
implementing unannounced audits in some parts of the world
is that organizations can choose between two
bring some challenges and may even be technically problematic
options. In option one, all the audits are unanfor now," Palgan said.
nounced. In option two, good manufacturing
practices are audited first (unannounced), and a
How schemes address unannounced audits
second audit is planned to look at documented
The approach of the food safety schemes regarding unannounced
systems and records.
audits has several interesting nuances. At first, these differences
Despite unannounced audits only being
are certainly something not expected from schemes that are
introduced in International Featured Standards
benchmarked against the same GFSI requirements, but most prob(IFS) Food Audit Protocol in February 2016 (to
ably they'll tend to attenuate as soon as each scheme is updated.
be applied after October 2016), IFS had another
As shown in Table 1, BRC was the first to introduce the possibility
program called "IFS Food Checks." The aim
of unannounced audits. The BRC audit protocol for unannounced
of that program was to verify-in a one-day
audits states that this option "provides sites with the opportunity
unannounced audit-whether a food producing
to demonstrate the maturity of their quality systems."4
company complied in daily operations with the
processes that were audited during the IFS food
TA B L E   1
audit.
The two main differences between the previous food checks and unannounced audits are:
+ Food checks were carried out independently
from the certification body (for example,
auditors were assigned by IFS Management
Scheme
Version
Year
GmbH).
British Retail Consortium
+ Food checks were an extra audit and did not
(BRC) Food Safety Issue 7,
Issue 5
2008
replace the recertification planned audit.
January 2015
Before each renewal audit (that is, previous
2014 (unannounced
International Featured
to
the beginning of the audit time window), the
IFS
food
checks)
Standards (IFS) Food Version 6, Version 6
April 2014
organization must inform the certification body
2016
whether the unannounced audit is the chosen
option.
Safe Quality Food (SQF)
Edition 7.2 2014
Contrary to BRC and IFS, the Food Safety SysCode Edition 7.2, July 2014
tem
Certification (FSSC) 22000 mandates that
Food Safety System
certified organizations have at least one unanCertification (FSSC) 22000,
Version 4
2017
Version 4, January 2017
nounced audit after the initial certification audit

Date of introduction of unannounced
audits in the food safety schemes

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Standard Issues
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