In any organization, the key to a successful business operation is in training your employees to be as knowledgeable in their job responsibilities as possible. With the workplace evolving with both new processes and new people, good training is necessary to ensure that everyone is trained as quickly as possible on their new responsibilities and new processes.
A few weeks back, I wrote an entry about Mobile Audits and the key trends to look for in a mobile auditing solution. Well, I seem to be on a mission to out do myself, and expand my thinking here. When we look at the Compliance paradigm, whether Quality Management, EHS Management, Food Safety Management, Supplier Management, or general corporate governance, I think of a few key areas that are needed in technology:
There doesn't appear to be any summer vacation for the FDA this year. Last week, the FDA put out two new proposals for rules as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA, or "FizzMa" as some call it - sounds like a wonky cola to me). These are proposed rules, not final rules, but their proposal puts into light the FDA's direction on ensuring Food Safety Management in the 21st Century, especially when you look at the context of automated food safety software solutions. We've spoken about the progress of the FSMA at length, this is just another interesting chapter in a long story.
It's a new year, and with it comes new and exciting challenges. Have you ever got that feeling when you come back from vacation and you missed something, then you scour the Internet and speak to colleagues about what you missed, and desperately try to wrap your head around what's going on? I got that feeling when I jumped into my inbox and saw this: "FDA Offers Broad New Rules to Fight Food Contamination". Well, I put my Food Safety Management hat on and started reading - here's what I think:
I've only been peripherally following the political world in the past few months. There was apparently an election I'm told, and after the election we have the Mayan apocalypse and our own apocalyptic cliff to fall off of. (I was without power for a few weeks, so all this is coming as new to me). In case you are like me, the fiscal cliff is a series of tax cuts that are set to expire at the end of the year. It also would mean that spending cuts would take effect, which would have an impact specifically on Food Safety in the United States.
Food Safety and Food Quality are growing topics in the industry and within regulators. Whether it’s implementing one of the GFSI schemes, getting the latest FSMA updates, or just evaluating the best practices solutions on the market, the concept of Food Safety Management is at the forefront of the discussion. It seems that with each new trend and development that comes into view, the complexity tends to grow along with it. Just for fun, let’s simplify the discussion:
Last year, the GFSI revised their guidance document to better address the needs of food safety in the marketplace. As a result, this required all GFSI-recognized schemes to adhere to the new guidance. SQF took this opportunity to re-evaluate their SQF 1000 and 2000 codes and decided to combined them into a single, holistic code, now titled "SQF 7th Edition".
Last year, we all waited with anticipation when the Food Safety Modernization Act was signed. This marked an evident step forward in the regulation of Food Safety from the FDA, and many saw this as a progressive move in the right direction. We spoke on this act, and illustrated the long road ahead for regulations. It seems, however, the road is a bit longer and a bit bumpier than expected.
The title of this blog really should be "5 Things the FDA Probably Won't do for Food Safety Management in 2012."
As 2011 comes to a close, I thought this would be a good time to take a look back on some of the most popular topics that have been written about in our humble blog. That, and I'm one foot out the door, egg nog in hand, so...