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Sector Specific Accreditation Program for SQF - Program

PUBLIC PROCEDURE PRO-PR-148-SQF Issued: 2016-4-20, Revision: 3

References ANSI-FR-022: Non-Conformity/Corrective Actions
ANSI-PR-021: Accreditation certificate
ANSI-PR-023: ANSI Accreditation Directory
PRO-FR-104: Application for Accreditation of Product Certification Program
PRO-FR-119: Report of the Witness Assessment on Certification Bodies
PRO-FR-128: Report of the PRO Evaluation Task Group
PRO-FR-134: PRO Assessor Qualification Requirements and Record
PRO-PL-101: Policy and Criteria for Accreditation of Product Certification Programs
PRO-PL-102: Manual of Operations for Accreditation of Product Certification Programs
PRO-PL-103: Operating Procedures of the Accreditation Committee
PRO-PR-112: Information on the Application Process
PRO-PR-113: Scheduling Assessments
PRO-PR-116: Surveillance and Reassessment of Accredited Product Certification Bodies
PRO-PR-118: Witness Assessment of Product Certification Bodies
PRO-PR-120: Assessment Report
PRO-PR-128: Misuse of Accreditation
PRO-PR-129: Requirements, Obligations, and Duties of an Accredited Certification Body
PRO-PR-145: Assessor Manual
PRO-PR-146: Technical Assessor
Criteria for SQF Auditors
Criteria for SQF Certification Bodies SQF Requirements on the Application of ISO/IEC 17065:2012. 7th Edition
GFSI Requirements on the Application of ISO/IEC 17011:2004
SQF Code: A HAACP-Based Supplier Assurance Code for the Food Industy. 7.2 Edition
Contents
1Objective
1.1This procedure provides ANSI criteria and guidelines for the accreditation of certification bodies in accordance with ANSI and ISO/IEC 17065 requirements. This procedure applies to the certification of a supplier in conformance with the SQF Certification System(s) and includes all processes and services used to make a final product.
1.2Scope - Products, Processes or Services in the Food Sector:
a)Scope 1: Activities to certify an individual supplier (SQF Code, Edition 7)
b)Scope 2: Activities to certify an individual supplier and a multi-site organization
c)SQF Program Food Sector Categories for:
- Module 02: SQF System elements
- Module 03: Animal Feed Safety Fundamentals - GMP for Compound Feed Production
- Module 04: Pet food Safety Fundamentals - GMP for Processing of Pet Food Products
- Module 05: Food Safety Fundamentals - GAP for farming of animal products
- Module 06: Food Safety Fundamentals - GAP for farming of fish
- Module 07: Food Safety Fundamentals - GAP for farming of plant products (fruit and vegetables)
- Module 07H: Food Safety Standard - GAP for Farming of Plant Products
- Module 09: Food Safety Fundamentals - GMP for pre-processing of animal products
- Module 10: Food Safety Fundamentals - GMP for pre-processing of plant products
- Module 11: Food Safety Fundamentals - GMP for processing of food products
- Module 12: Food Safety Fundamentals - GDP for transport and distribution of food Products
- Module 13: Food Safety Fundamentals - GMP for production of food packaging
- Module 16: Requirements for SQF Multi-site Programs Managed by a Central Site
NOTE 1: A list of applicable ANSI program documents can be found on the ANSI official website: http://www.ansi.org
NOTE 2: A list of applicable SQF program documents can be found on the SQF official website: http://www.sqfi.com
2Definitions
2.1As a general rule, definitions of ISO/IEC 17000 and ISO 9000 are applicable. Additionally, the SQF Code 7th Edition,Glossary applies in the context of SQF.
SECTION 1 - Requirements and Process to Accredit Certification Bodies in Accordance with SQF Certification Program
3Accreditation Requirements
3.1ANSI Requirements
3.1.1In order to be eligible for accreditation the applicant CB shall comply with ANSI criteria as defined in PRO-PL-101 and PRO-PL-102 and ISO/IEC 17065.
3.1.2ANSI, as a recognized Accreditation Body, shall ensure that accredited SQF Certification Bodies meet the requirements contained in the ANSI policy and procedures and the SQF certification program documents.
3.2Sector Specific Requirements
3.2.1SQF Accreditation Requirements
3.2.1.1Sector specific accreditation requirements are contained in the SQF program documents.
3.2.2Scopes of Accreditation
3.2.2.1The scope defined by SQF is based on the GFSI industry scope:
- Module 02: SQF System elements
- Module 03: Animal Feed Safety Fundamentals - GMP for Compound Feed Production
- Module 04: Pet food Safety Fundamentals - GMP for Processing of Pet Food Products
- Module 05: Food Safety Fundamentals - GAP for farming of animal products
- Module 06: Food Safety Fundamentals - GAP for farming of fish
- Module 07: Food Safety Fundamentals - GAP for farming of plant products (fruit and vegetables)
- Module 07H: Food Safety Standard - GAP for Farming of Plant Products
- Module 08: Food Safety Fundamentals - GAP for farming of grains and pulses
- Module 09: Food Safety Fundamentals - GMP for pre-processing of animal products
- Module 10: Food Safety Fundamentals - GMP for pre-processing of plant products
- Module 11: Food Safety Fundamentals - GMP for processing of food products
- Module 12: Food Safety Fundamentals - GDP for transport and distribution of food Products
- Module 13: Food Safety Fundamentals - GMP for production of food packaging
- Module 16: Requirements for SQF Multi-site Programs Managed by a Central Site
3.2.2.2The applicant can apply for one scope or both scopes at the same time.
3.2.2.3For an extension of scope, the accredited certification program shall formally apply to ANSI by letter, email or official form. Each request for an extension of scope will be individually reviewed and a decision on whether or not the extension of scope requires additional auditing will be determined by ANSI.
NOTE: A list of specific food sector categories for primary producers and suppliers and manufacturers is located in the “SQF Code, 7th Edition” document.
3.2.3Administrative and Operational Requirements
3.2.3.1The administrative and operational requirements imposed on the CB are contained in SQF Requirements on the Application of ISO/IEC 17065:2012, 7th Edition and SQF Systems Training Criteria.
3.2.4Subcontracting
3.2.4.1A CB may use subcontractors according to the provisions in ISO/IEC Guide 65 and any requirement defined by the SQF program documents.
3.3GFSI Requirements
3.3.1ANSI and the applicant or accredited body shall implement GFSI Requirements on the Application of ISO/IEC 17011, Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies.
4Application for Accreditation
4.1Information on the Procedure - Preliminary Letter of Application for Accreditation. ANSI evaluates enquiries from applicants to determine eligibility in accordance with PRO-PL-101: Policy and Criteria for Accreditation of Product Certification Programs and PRO-PL-102: Manual of Operations for Accreditation of Product Certification Programs.
4.2Analysis of the Preliminary Letter of Application
4.2.1The analysis of the Preliminary Letter of Application is conducted in accordance with PRO-PL-101: Policy and Criteria for Accreditation of Product Certification Programs and PRO-PL-102: Manual of Operations for Accreditation of Product Certification Programs. Applicants considered to comply with the eligibility requirements are sent an application package.
4.3The Application
4.3.1The documents, which ANSI provides to the CB Applicant, are listed in PRO-PR-112: Application Process. Applicants shall provide documents, background information to initiate the accreditation process in accordance with PRO-PL-101.
NOTE : Applicants are encouraged to provide electronic versions of application documentation. Where this is not possible, five copies of all application materials must be submitted to ANSI.
4.3.2The application is processed in accordance with PRO-PL-101 and PRO-PL-102 and PRO-PR-112 and the SQF program documents. The applicant shall inform ANSI of the scope of accreditation requested in the PRO-FR-104 as well as the list of the certification body’s SQF registered auditors, which includes the food sector categories for which the auditor is registered to audit (or a copy of the auditor's SQF Auditor Card).
4.3.3ANSI will close any application that has been inactive for more than 90 days. An application will be considered inactive if written responses to ANSI for additional information or required actions are not received. ANSI will provide a written notice prior to the 70th day. If the application is closed the submission of a new application package and initial fees is required.
4.4Preparation for Assessment
4.4.1The preparation for the initial assessment is described in PRO-PR-145.
4.5Assessment/Qualification of ANSI assessment team
4.5.1The assessment team will conduct the initial assessment on the site of the applicant to confirm its full conformance with the ANSI and SQF accreditation criteria. The assessment is conducted in accordance with PRO-PL-102, PRO-PR-145 and the SQF program documents.
4.5.2Qualification criteria, duties and responsibilities for the technical expert member of the ANSI assessment team are defined in PRO-FR-134, PRO-PR-146 and SQF program documents. The assessment team shall have at least one member who shall have undertaken training in HACCP as specified in the SQFI document “Criteria for SQF Auditors.”
4.5.3Initial assessments are conducted at the applicant’s head office facility and the at other locations that perform activities related to the certification process. See requirements defined in PRO-PL-102.
4.5.4If the assessment team determines that the applicant cannot be accredited for the full range of its requested scope, the team may suggest to the CB a suitably reduced or redefined scope, based on its findings.
4.5.5The assessment team will produce a draft summary report that details the applicant’s conformance to ANSI and SQF requirements and the ANSI-FR-022 describing the findings and the specific requirement. This summary report and the form will be presented to the applicant and reviewed during an exit meeting at the end of the site visit.
4.6Witness Assessment
4.6.1During the initial assessment ANSI will conduct a witness assessment to verify the competency of the CB Applicant to conduct visits of their clients for each requested scope in accordance with PRO-PR-118, PRO-FR-119, PRO-PR-145 and the SQF program documents.
4.7Assessment Report
4.7.1The assessment and technical reports are developed in accordance with PRO-PR-120. For the technical assessment the technical expert shall take into consideration the clauses mentioned in PRO-PR-146 as well in the SQF documents. The assessment reports will be sent to the applicant and SQF within 30 days of the initial assessment.
4.8Decision on Accreditation
4.8.1The applicant shall send a corrective action plan to address any required actions. The response shall either provide evidence of completion of any required corrective actions or shall present a plan to address the corrective actions. This plan shall include a completion date not exceeding 90 days from receipt of the final report.
4.8.2Corrective actions for all issued non-conformities must be addressed, verified and closed before the application can proceed to the approval stage.
4.8.3Once all required actions are satisfied, ANSI forwards the following documents to the Evaluation Task Group (ETG) for their review:
a)Plan for Initial Assessment;
b)ANSI Initial Assessment Report and Technical Assessment Report;
c)Witness Assessment Report on Certification Body (PRO-FR-119);
d)Non-conformity/Corrective Action Record (ANSI-FR-022); and
e)Draft Report of the ETG (PRO-FR-128).
4.8.4During a conference call the ETG members review the documents related to the applicant’s initial assessment and recommend or discourage the accreditation to ANSI Accreditation committee. The assessment team participates in part of the agenda of the conference.
4.8.5To make accreditation decisions the ANSI accreditation committee bases such decisions on ANSI-accreditation requirements and the SQF program documents.
4.8.6The Accreditation Program provides accreditation documents to its accredited bodies in the form of a certificate signed by the ANSI Vice President of Accreditation Services. This certificate identifies all sites covered by the accreditation:
a)Name and address;
b)Scope of the accreditation granted;
c)Effective accreditation date.
4.9Surveillance and Reassessment Procedures
4.9.1Surveillance and reassessments are conducted in accordance with PRO-PL-102 and PRO-PR-116, PRO-PR-145, PRO-PR 146 and the SQF program documents. The witness assessment is also conducted in accordance with PRO-PR-118 during the surveillance and re-assessments.
4.10Records
4.10.1All records are maintained in accordance with PRO-PL-101 and PRO-PL-102 and the SQF program documents.
4.11Reference to Accreditation Status
4.11.1ANSI will provide the SQF Secretariat with the list of accredited certification bodies that comply with ANSI and SQF requirements. ANSI maintains this information in a database in accordance with ANSI-PR-023.
4.11.2ANSI is the owner of an accreditation mark intended for use under the ANSI Accreditation Program. The ANSI Accreditation Program allows an accredited body to refer to its accreditation in certificates, reports, stationery and publicity materials related to its accredited activities.
4.11.3The Accreditation Program does not allow the use of its mark in any way that implies that ANSI has approved a product or service certified by an accredited body. The Accreditation Program mark shall not be used on a product or in any other way that may be interpreted as denoting product conformance or endorsement by ANSI.
4.11.4The Accreditation Program will take suitable action, including corrective action, suspension or withdrawal of accreditation, publication of the transgression and, if necessary, any other legal action to deal with misleading references to the accreditation or a misleading use of the accreditation mark found in advertisement, catalogues, etc.
4.12Changes in the Accreditation Requirements
4.12.1ANSI will give due notice of any changes to be made to its requirements for accreditation and will take into account views expressed by interested parties before deciding on the precise form and effective date of the changes. ANSI shall verify that each accredited body carries out any necessary adjustments to its procedures within a reasonable time period.
4.13Appeals, Complaints and Disputes
4.13.1Appeals, complaints and disputes brought before the Accreditation Committee by CBs or other interested parties shall be handled in accordance with ANSI AS procedures.
4.14Access to Records of Complaints and Appeals
4.14.1The Accreditation Program requires that each applicant and accredited body make available its records of all complaints and appeals, and subsequent actions available to ANSI, when requested.
4.14.2ANSI shall:
a)Maintain records of all complaints and appeals and mediations relative to accreditation;
b)Take appropriate corrective and preventive action; and
c)Document the actions taken and assess their effectiveness.
SECTION 2 - Application for Certification in accordance with ISO/IEC Guide 65 and SQF Requirements
5Notification Requirements
5.1The CB is required by SQF to implement the requirements contained in the SQFI and the Certification Body License and the Contract/Agreement between the Certification Body and the Supplier.
6Certification Information
6.1The CB is required by SQF to provide certification information as described in the License/Sublicense and Certification Agreements.
7Information on the Certification Scheme
a)The CB shall implement the certification activities as defined by ISO/IEC 17065 and applicable SQF Certification Scheme requirements.
b)ANSI shall verify that the applicant CB has entered into a license agreement with the SQFI before accreditation is granted.

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