The focus on passing audits also forces a focus on the standards against which the audits are conducted. Many of the existing standards have excellent coverage of essential product safety assurance measures and controls. However, some standards have superfluous (non product safety) elements. Companies that are failing to ensure product safety may be able to pay attention to such superfluous elements and pass the audits. Conversely, companies that pay little attention to these non product safety related elements may fail the audits. Even where a substantial amount of resources is invested in addressing the essential elements of product safety, companies can still fail audits if enough of the non product safety elements are not addressed.
Felix Amiri is the Food Sector Chair of GCSE-Product& Health Protection.