Version 7.2 of the SQF Code, which was recently released by SQFI, brings big changes. This version of the standard goes into effect on July 3, 2014. This means that any initial certification or re-certification audit that takes place on or after this date is subject to version 7.2.
So what does Version 7.2 bring? The big change is the addition of the unannounced audit protocol. This new protocol requires that one out of every three re-certification audits be unannounced. The audit will fall within 30 days on either side of the re-certification audit date, but the exact date will not given by the certification body. This puts greater emphasis on the need to be audit ready at all times.
For the full Unannounced Audit Protocol please click here.
Other changes in Version 7.2 can be found throughout the various modules. Changes include:
- Surveillance audits are now scored.
- The requirement that SQF and Certification Body be listed as an essential contact in the Recall Plan. SQF and the Certification Body must be informed in the instance of a food safety incident of a public nature or a recall.
- Clarification of requirements for co-manufacturers.
- Minor scrapes and abrasions must be covered with a colored bandage containing a metal detectable strip. (Don't forget to verify these bandages with your metal detector!)
For more information about the changes in Version 7.2 please click here.