IFS PACSecure Newsletter June 2020

The coronavirus continues to impact day to day business activities, and while some regions are relaxing the protocols, others continue to struggle with lockdowns. In this newsletter, we provide guidance for developing a crisis management plan, best practices for personnel hygiene and sanitation, and an article about the value of internal audits. 

Email Cheryl Sullivan at sullivan@ifs-certification.com should you have any comments or suggestions for this newsletter.

Resources Concerning COVID-19

Now that coronavirus measures are being relaxed in some regions, due diligence is more crucial than ever. People are starting to expand their social circles which means more contact with each other. Packaging manufacturers need to closely monitor their activities. It is time to review processes and procedures and update your pandemic crisis management plan. Auditors will be asking to see what measures were taken in response to the pandemic. Below are helpful resources to aid you in this endeavour. 

IFS FAQ for the Industry Regarding Coronavirus (Covid-19) Disease – Version 2.1

Guidance on Crisis Management Concerning the COVID-19 Crisis

Sanitation for Communicable Diseases

Cleaning and Disinfecting for Packaging Companies – Best Practices

Safe Packaging – Essential for Food Supply

Personnel Hygiene for Packaging Companies – Best Practices

The Importance and Value of Internal Audits

Internal audits are a requirement in the IFS PACsecure standard and for a good reason.  Well organized and skilfully executed internal audits are much more than an inspection.  They measure the effectiveness of the quality and safety systems and are a mechanism for engaging employees.  This article explains the purpose of the internal audit and identifies the key components of conducting the audit. It is valuable to evaluate the systems, especially now that changes have been implemented to adapt to COVID-19 preventive actions. Read the full article.

Wondering How to Get Started with IFS PACsecure? 

IFS Recognized Consultants are available to assist your implementation and internal auditing activities.  Visit our Partner page to find a consultant.

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