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Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Distinction Hallmarks of SSQA

Encouragement through Adaptive Strategies
SSQA drives adaptive strategies in problem solving; rather than frustrate the process through formulaic impositions.

True Chain-wide Collaboration - SSQA Participatory Alliance (SSQA-PA) Principle and Process
No other system has this distinctive in as pure a form as in SSQA. The SSQA concept drives the direct engagement of the entire chain that goes much further than “supplier approval”. It has built-in strategies for gaining customer/consumer confidence and collaboration. SSQA stands out with unmistakable distinction above other systems. No claim of “customer/consumer communication” excellence made anywhere else comes close to the reality derived through the SSQA partnership with every interest represented in the food supply and consumption chain.

No Certification Distractions and Burdens
"Such variables that could undermine the desired ultimate success of an operation include, among other things, unpredictable events, conditions and undesirable situations due to human behaviour in the course of the normal activities in an operation. This highly predictable variability is not certifiable. Therefore, it is not reasonable to certify the SSQA program or products of a food operation that involves any human activity or engagement. Hence, there is no requirement for operations to be certified under SSQA." (from the introduction to the Implementation Manual)

Guidelines for Regulatory Compliance Plans
From reviewing the historical context to assigning specific tasks to identified individuals with set timelines, plus an explanation on the anatomy of a regulation, SSQA provides a timeless and helpful guide at no extra cost to companies wishing to set up regulatory compliance plans (section - Regulatory Compliance).

The HACCP-DIVE Process:
This process is encouraged as part of SSQA implementation to ensure appropriate actions in response to desired changes or those that must occur. The process is explained in section of the SSQA Implementation Manual. With the SSQA HACCP-DIVE process in place, and having the DMS-HACCP fully in force, food establishments are able to deal effectively with sneaky failures like what is causing so many recalls, particularly "due to undeclared presence" of such and such allergen, etcSSQA is indeed well ahead of the times.

Internal Audit Techniques:
Food safety and quality management system audits can be conducted using techniques that are scenario-based or situation-based. These techniques are part of the deliberate methodologies used in the SSQA internal auditing process. Detailed guidelines are provided in section, page 55 of the SSQA Implementation Manual. A structured use of these auditing techniques significantly boosts the efficiency and effectiveness of internal audits. These techniques provide the tools for the effective and permanent prevention of the Familiarity Fatigue and Flow-Through Syndrome.

Paperwork Reduction MUD Scale:
SSQA identifies the main categories and types of documents with the (MUD) scale. With this scale, users are guided to know what kinds of paperwork to maintain and how. Redundant documentation becomes easily identified and discontinued. Even where electronic database systems are used, this scale helps to optimize the paperwork and increase the efficiency of using such systems.

SSQA, with its unique NODE (Nucleus of Dominant Effect) strategy, takes system management to beyond excellence. The NODE strategy applies to various aspects of systems development and implementation. It is particularly useful in program development, problem-solving, corrective actions, preventive actions, continuous improvement, regulatory compliance, etc.

Provisions for Utilizing Emerging Science and Technology:
SSQA recognizes the significant role that emerging science and technology plays in a company’s success. Hence it outlines strategies and makes provision for planned and effective use of emerging science and technology. Refer to sections 1.2.1 and, and Appendices 3 & 8 in the Implementation Manual

Posted by Felix Amiri
Felix Amiri is currently the chair of GCSE-Food & Health Protection, and a sworn SSQA advocate.

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