Frequently Asked Questions

Accreditation

Accreditation is the process that certification bodies such as Sci Qual International go through to become approved as a certification body. Third party accreditation means that the certification body has been accredited by a third party to ensure the quality and integrity of its auditors and its procedures. Accreditation bodies such as JAS-ANZ are part of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) which ensures that these standards are consistent on a world-wide basis.

Accreditation therefore applies to the certification body rather than the client.

3rd party certification is certification carried out by an IAF approved certification body such as Sci Qual International and 3rd party certification provides assurance that your certification body has met strict international requirements which provides confidence in the quality and integrity of the audit. When you are certified by an IAF approved certification body your details are placed in a public register so that clients and potential clients can see your certification status. See JAS-ANZ directory http://www.jas-anz.com.au/our-directory/certified-organisations.

Environmental Management

An ISO 14001 auditor must be trained as a qualified principle auditor, must have completed a recognized auditing course in ISO 14001 and must meet the competency requirements in ISO 17021-2-2012

There are components of Quality, Environment and Safety which are the same across all three standards. It therefore makes sense to have one integrated system managing all standards. For example Internal audit and management review are required on all 3 standards and it makes sense to have one internal audit schedule and one management review that encompasses the issues that need to be covered under all standards.

Food Safety

To be HACCP certified you must have a HACCP plan for your business and meet the requirements of a HACCP standard published by a recognised accredited certification body
 

The following products are covered by Freshcare certification:

  • Coffee
  • Fresh Produce
  • Nut in Shell
  • Wine Grapes
  • Fresh Produce for Processing
  • Tea
  • Fodder Crops
  • Flowers and Foliage
  • Seedlings
  • Spices
  • Olives

10 Reasons for your Organisation to become SQI-HACCP Certified:

  1. External Verification: Confidence that your business maintains stringent food safety/quality standards
  2. Good Business Sense: Many companies will not buy from a manufacturer or producer unless they are HACCP certified. All major supermarkets require suppliers to have a 3rd party HACCP based audit carried out  by a JAS-ANZ accredited Certification Body
  3. Reduce/minimise the risk of costly food recalls and food borne illness
  4. Provides evidence of due diligence in regard to the maintenance of food safety and quality
  5. Sound business practice maintained through validation/verification requirements of a SQI-HACCP system
  6. Can help identify process improvements and implementation of ongoing continuous improvement within your organisation
  7. Facilitates better understanding of food safety issues throughout the organisation most particularly regarding improved staff training regime, GMP and ongoing continuous improvement regarding food safety and quality
  8. Improves staff morale and motivation through a cleaner working environment and accentuation/endorsement of staff knowledge of food safety/quality within your operation
  9. SQI-HACCP certification is a means of formalising commitment to food safety/quality within your organisation and it’s a realistic preventative approach to food safety/quality
  10. Enhances customer satisfaction/reduces dissatisfaction and reduces customer concern regarding food safety/quality of your organisation’s product.

It is not possible to measure how many HACCP certifications there are worldwide or even in Australia as there is no specific directory for this. However the number in Australia is likely to be in the tens of thousands.

Integrated Management System

There is no such thing as a Quality IMS. An IMS is a management system that integrates a number of systems into one system such as quality, safety & environment.

The objective of an IMS is to help you to manage the business more effectively. By focusing on all parts of your business under one management system you can avoid wasteful duplication. It is important to understand that this is about managing the various parts of your business in a cohesive manner not just about meeting the requirements of whatever standards you are certified to. However having an IMS will provide a more coherent system for auditing.

An IMS is not required. However your management system should be designed to manage the business more effectively. If you have a need to address environmental or safety risks it makes sense to integrate these into your overall management system. This is not just about complying with the standards but about making your management system more effective. However having a fully integrated system will help to reduce audit duration and cost because the auditor will not have to audit all the shared elements separately.

An integrated management system brings all parts of your management system together into one cohesive system. It is therefore important to know what the organization is trying to achieve so that you can be assured the IMS is designed to support that purpose.

Quality Management

AS/NZS ISO 9001 is the version of ISO 9001 published in Australia and New Zealand. This Standard was prepared by the Joint Standards Australia/Standards New Zealand Committee QR-008, Quality Management Systems.

This Standard is identical with, and has been reproduced from ISO 9001:2008, Quality management systems—Requirements, published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), which was prepared by ISO Technical Committee TC 176, Quality Management and Quality Assurance, Subcommittee SC 2, Quality Systems. Committee QR-008 provided input to the ISO Committee during the preparation of this revision.

Safety

AS/NZS 4801 is an Australia/New Zealand based safety standard similar to OHSAS 18001. This is expected to be replaced by a new international standard ISO 45001 in 2016.

This refers to a Health & Safety and Environment Management system designed to address the management of health, safety and environmental risks and hazards

Third party Health and safety simply means that your health and safety system (AS/BZS 4801 or OHSAS 18001) has been certified by an IAF accredited certification body such as Sci Qual International.