Food chain stakeholders are required to demonstrate their commitment to food safety and food quality. Recent food-related events have led regulatory bodies like the FDA to examine not only their internal processes, but also to set forth standards and initiatives to make the food production process safer and to ensure product quality and process improvement.
Food chain stakeholders are faced with many challenges including quality of the products, continuous improvement, compliance with regulatory bodies, and quality that spans the entire enterprise and supply chain.
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Product lifecycles are speeding up to accommodate market demand and keep up with competing products. As a result, Quality benchmarks need to evolve as well. Risk is fast becoming the benchmark for assessing Quality throughout an organization. Risk Management provides this benchmark—it allows for a quantitative method to review the data and come up with decision criteria to help make better decisions leading to better Quality.
The Food and Beverage industry is increasingly adapting the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) as its “stamp” of high quality and safety. The GFSI-benchmarked food safety schemes coupled with regulatory oversight are driving organizations to seek methods of enhancing visibility into their quality and safety operations. An automated Food Safety Management System (FSMS) is one of these methods.
Food chain stakeholders are required to demonstrate their commitment to food safety and quality. Recent food-related events have led regulatory bodies like the FDA to examine not only their internal processes but to also set forth standards and initiatives to increase regulation and oversight of the food production supply chain.
Suppliers within any industry play an important role in bringing products to market. Companies rely on and trust their suppliers to provide them with the ingredients needed to properly manufacture their products and meet the pressures of keeping up with industry demand. In today's demanding food chain, there is an ever-increasing level of complexity to supply chain management.
In the Food and Beverage industry, brand equity is imperative to an organization's success. Having to conduct a recall is one of the most devastating things that can happen to any organization within this industry. Measures must be put in place to effectively mitigate the risk of a recall, or in the event that a recall is necessary, manage the process as quickly and efficiently as possible.
EtQ, Inc. is a complete quality and compliance safety solution provider dedicated to delivering leading edge software solutions. EtQ is focused on emerging technologies and dedicating resources to assure that EtQ software maintains compatibility with industry leading standards and best-of-breed functionality. EtQ is dedicated to continuing its customer focus to define EtQ Reliance as the market leader and its customer's preferred choice for enterprise quality systems and compliance management solutions
EtQ's Food Safety Management System (FSMS) guides organizations through compliance with the ISO 22000 standard and the Global Food Safety Initiative's (GFSI) benchmarked schemes, such as SQF, BRC, and IFS. EtQ's FSMS has a robust set of modules to streamline these processes, and its Web browser-based system helps you through the full lifecycle of achieving and maintaining food safety compliance.
EtQ's Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) module enables organizations to manage and track HACCP plans, link HACCP plans to prerequisite programs (PRP), conduct regular audits of the HACCP plan, create hazard analyses using quantitative risk assessment, and more.
EtQ's FSMS includes a Corrective and Preventive Action module that can generate a Corrective Action or Preventive Action request that routes through review, root cause, corrective action taken, and verification stages. Multiple reports are generated automatically to provide an effective mechanism for tracking the source and costs of problems.
EtQ's Document Control manages the creation, approval, distribution, and archiving of all controlled documents. It is ready-to-use for such document types as manuals, procedures, work instructions, forms, job descriptions, product specifications, inspection specifications, test methods, and much more. Users can even use their current documents that are in any MS Office™ application (e.g., MS Word™).
EtQ recognizes that it is important for a business to maintain the highest level of quality from its suppliers. Too often, companies will track the cost of poor quality (COPQ) within their organization but fail to track the cost of poor supplier quality (COPSQ). EtQ's Supplier Management Software tracks COPSQ—ultimately leading to increased visibility into supplier quality.
EtQ's FSMS includes an Audit Management module that automates the process of auditing and surveying, including internal audits and customer satisfaction surveys. All features of each audit or survey type can be configured without programming. Some key user-definable features include: checklists, question library, evaluation method (numerical scoring or counting), and more.