Product Safety And Quality Audits

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Product Safety And Quality Audits

You may be trapped in "make work" audits. Take this short quiz to find out how your operation’s 3rd-party audit program rates. A score of 80% or higher indicates that your audit program is useful and effective. A score of less than 60% indicates your 3rd-party audit program is not helpful or may need to be reviewed for its usefulness. If you disagree with the answers indicated as being correct on this quiz, it means that your 3rd party audit program is not helpful.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Which of these is true with your current external audit program?
    • A. 

      It has made your paperwork become complete, in order and readily accessible but everything else is the same as before the program started.

    • B. 

      Your rank and file employees can now articulate or practice in the presence of the auditors all they have learned from the training they have received but proceed differently when the auditor is gone.

    • C. 

      Your products have actually become safer and of better quality than they were before the audit program started.

    • D. 

      All of the above

  • 2. 
    As a qualified product safety and quality system manager, you are finding that:
    • A. 

      Your external audit programs are taking up too much of your time and hindering your effort to actually concentrate on improving the safety and quality of your products.

    • B. 

      You and your team are able to improve the safety and quality of your products without the external audits.

    • C. 

      Your external audit programs are NOT taking up much of your time and they are actually helping you to improve the safety and quality of your products.

  • 3. 
    Are you finding that your audit programs are keeping you very busy but have very little, if any, effect on the actual safety and quality of your products?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 4. 
    You are participating in the external audits because:
    • A. 

      They help your customers to know that you have good product safety and quality management systems even though you know that your systems are effective without the external audits.

    • B. 

      They are a good business strategy and do not care if any customer actually asks for them or not.

    • C. 

      Your management system and internal audits lack the effectiveness that you can derive from external audits.

    • D. 

      Your management system and internal audits are effective.

  • 5. 
    Your internal audits are not as effective as the external audits. You mostly rely on the external audits because they are more effective in identifying what needs to be fixed.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

  • 6. 
    Are your external audit reports telling you what you already know and sometimes even less than you know?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 7. 
    Are there real food safety and quality issues that external audits have never identified but you know you have to address these after the auditors have left?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 8. 
    Do you sometimes feel bogged down and unproductive while being “audited to death” (i.e. different audits throughout the year)?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 9. 
    Is your Quality Manager spending much time on preparing for audits and associated paperwork verifications that there is little time for a more effectively management of the day-to-day quality issues?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 10. 
    Are your product safety and quality functions spending too much time attending to audits and responding to audit findings that have little to do with product safety and quality?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 11. 
    Do your team members feel nothing else needs to be done after an excellent audit pass, and do you take a break from audit preparations until close to the time of the next audit?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 12. 
    Are consumer and customer complaints heavily weighted in the external audit reports and are consumer and customer communications thoroughly scrutinized during the audits?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 13. 
    Do you depend on the external audit results to determine if your products meet acceptable quality standards and are actually safe?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 14. 
    Do you find that the external auditors are sometimes pressed for time and may not spend enough time to review some parts of the audit?
    • A. 

      Yes

    • B. 

      No

  • 15. 
    You are totally committed to the external audits because they actually help you do a good job.
    • A. 

      True

    • B. 

      False

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