In February 2020 the GFSI published their new benchmarking requirements; GFSI Benchmarking Requirements 2020.
There is one huge change that effects us, which all the GFSI recognised schemes are now working on – that one in every four audits (3 yearly) will now need to be unannounced.
Update 29/12/20: This article has been amended from 1 in 3 audits to 1 in 4 audits. The GFSI requirement is to carry out an unannounced audit every 3 years, which means 1 in 4 audits, not 1 in 3.
BRCGS will be publishing guidance for this in August 2020 and have issued the following go live dates:
BRCGS Food Safety and BRCGS Packaging – February 2021
BRCGS Storage & Distribution – May 2021
The change will not affect BRCGS Agents & Brokers sites, as this audit is totally document based and therefore, an unannounced audit is not applicable.
The FSSC22000 Version 5 Standard already requires sites to have one in four audits in the unannounced audit format. Version 5 went live in January 2020.
IFS are currently working on the details for the unannounced requirement and will be publishing this in August 2020.
We will cover how unannounced audits will work in practice in more detail in future articles.
How do you feel about doing unannounced audits? Are you used to them already or will this be a big change for your site? Please add your thoughts to the comments box below.
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