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SGS’ Systems and Services Certification division recently organized a training program for companies in the food and non-food industries. Held on October 29, 2009 in Chiang Mai Province, near the North Zone area, the training discussed the British Retail Consortium’s (BRC) Global Standard for Storage and Distribution, as well as ISO 28000 Series on Supply Chain Security Management Systems and ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Systems. The speaker for the training was Teeranat Limpichotikul, Food Segment Manager of SGS Systems and Services Certification in Thailand. Nearly 50 companies participated in the event.
BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution The Global Standard for Storage and Distribution is applicable to the storage, distribution and transportation of both food and non-food products. The standard covers all types of transportation including trucks, trains, ships and planes, and both temperature control and ambient temperature transportation.
Requirements for the Global Standard for Storage and Distribution include:
1) Hazard and Risk Analysis System
2) Quality Management System
3) Site Environment and Operating Standards
4) Personnel Standards ISO 28000 - Supply Chain Security Management Systems The framework of ISO 28000:2007 is structurally very similar to ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management Systems). The environmental aspects identification and evaluation process in EMS is analogous to security risk assessment in security management systems.
Implementing ISO 28000 standards:
1) Allows a security system to be managed as a process with KPI, objectives and internal audits, so that the effectiveness of security management can be measured, and more importantly, improved 2)Allows management to focus effort and resources on areas with high risk concerns (through risk assessment) 3)Allows management to benchmark its security management efforts against international standards 4)Demonstrates to stakeholders (customers, insurers, etc.) that the security system is managed systematically There are five essential elements in developing a Security Management System (SMS) that is in accordance with ISO 28000 requirements:
4.1Security Management Policy 4.2 Security Assessment and Planning 4.3 Implementation and Operation 4.4. Checking and Corrective Action 4.5 Management Review and Continual Improvement ISO 9001 – Quality Management Systems ISO 9001:2008 requires the establishment, implementation and continuous improvement of a Quality Management System. It also requires a company or organization to demonstrate its ability to consistently provide products that meet customer requirements as well as applicable statutory and regulatory standards. The effective application of a QMS will boost customers’ satisfaction and confidence in the brand or company.
By meeting the requirements of international standards, opportunities in the EU and US markets are opened. To date, more than 2,000 small, medium and international companies have chosen SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification and certification body, with the largest market share on TAPA assessments and existing security auditor pool due to SGS’ strong involvement in TAPA and C-TPAT assessments.
For more information, please contact:
Wiratee Aramrun
SGS Marketing Executive
SGS (Thailand) Limited
100 Nanglinchee Road, Chongnonsee, Yannawa
Bangkok 10120, Thailand
t: +66 (0) 2678-1813 ext. 1818
f: +66 (0) 2678 1508
Email SGS Thailand
Web: www.th.sgs.com
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