The commonplace enterprise of covering one’s back constitutes a futile engagement as well as a risky business. Picture this: You have a basket full of water and you are trying to block the holes with your fingers to stop the leaks. If I were a betting man, I would bet that you would not engage in such futility. You only have ten fingers.
I view the attempts at covering one’s back in the same light as the basket of water scenario. They provide ample opportunities for abject failure.
If you are wondering why regulatory standards and, subsequently, “recognized” audit schemes are constantly changing, you now have your answer. There are numerous and emerging new points to cover almost every day. The basket unpredictably springs leaks at unsuspected points.
If you wish to truly ensure product safety, you must throw away the basket and find a bucket (i.e. a good consumer protection) strategy. Unlike the basket of water, the "bucket" representing a good product safety strategy is more manageable. A good strategy provides the solid framework that holds things together in the same way that the bucket structurally prevents leaks.
A good product safety strategy focuses on the actual protection of consumers instead of a CYB pre-occupation. A product safety strategy with a focus on consumer protection most successfully prevents the very things that a futile CYB enterprise attempts but fails to realistically prevent. Where products are truly safe and meet customer and consumer quality expectations, instances of product failures leading to regulatory non-compliances or litigations will be at least minimized. Here is one bucket (a good product safety strategy) with a focus on consumer protection that I know - the SSQA Program proposed by GCSE-Food & Health Protection. The SSQA is a COVER-ALL strategy. It covers all key stakeholders for each operation. It covers all areas of concern in consumer protection. It adopts techniques that covers all winning approaches in consumer protection, business survival and profitability. Very importantly, SSQA is not elitist; it is easily adaptable to cover all types, sizes and levels of of operation anywhere in the world.
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