Monitoring figures 2015 are in: more analysis results shared and less exceedings
03 October 2016
GMP + International periodically analyzes the analytical results GMP+ participants share with the GMP+ Community in the GMP + Monitoring database. These figures give valuable information, which participants can use in making their company specific HACCP plan. The main figures and conclusions over 2015 are published in a Monitoring info graphic.
- 2015 is characterized by an increase in the samples users share with the GMP+ Community and fewer exceedings.
- In summary, the samples of 2015 shared with the GMP+ Community indicate that the contaminants : dioxins, heavy metals, Aflatoxin B1 and animal protein are well controlled by the users of the GMP+ Monitoring database. In some cases hazards were not under control. Based on the EWS notifications, the major risks in 2015 were pesticides, microbiological hazards and dioxins/PCBs.
- The dioxin results in the GMP+ Monitoring database contradict the EWS notifications regarding the dioxin hazard. The conclusion that can be drawn from this, is that not all dioxin results are being uploaded and shared in the GMP+ Monitoring database. That is a shame, because the use thereof offers your company great benefits!
We want to remind you that for dioxin, but also for other contaminants, specific minimum monitoring requirements are laid down in GMP + FSA standards: GMP + BA4 Minimum requirements for sampling and analysis and GMP + BA10 Minimum Requirements for Purchasing. Additional explanation about Monitoring for dioxin and dioxin-like PCBs in fats and oils can also be found in an news item by us.
Are you not using the GMP+ Monitoring database yet?
Using the GMP+ Monitoring database offers your company great benefits!
For companies that find it difficult to set up a proper monitoring plan, the GMP+ Monitoring database can be very helpful. The GMP+ Monitoring database is an extra service (free of charge) in which GMP+ certified companies can draw up and manage their monitoring program as well as store analysis results, evaluate the results and share these results with other companies and /or customers.
Sharing results with the GMP+ Community does come with advantages. The more results GMP+ participants share (anonymously) with the GMP+ Community, the more information is available for all GMP+ participants! This information can be used to establish and evaluate your own monitoring program!
Tips & Tricks
To make the use of the GMP+ Monitoring database even easier, we have a number of tips & tricks for you:
Tip 1: Ask your laboratory to support you!
Your laboratory can submit analysis results in a digital manner including sample details such as product name, contaminant and country of origin. You receive an email that the analyses results are available. The only thing you have to do is approve the results and share these results with the GMP+ community. More information on how this works, can be found in the manual of the GMP+ Monitoring database.
Tip 2: Sampling
Sampling and sample preparation techniques can have a substantial effect on the reliability of an analytical result. Special attention must be given to the representativeness of the sampling and samples. The purpose of representative sampling is to obtain a small fraction from a lot in such a way that a determination of any particular characteristic of this fraction will represent the mean value of the characteristic of the lot/batch. Clear and up-to-date sampling and sample preparation procedures for GMP+ International participants are therefore important. GMP+ International is currently working on updating and improving the current sampling requirements.
Tip 3: Monitoring plan
Monitoring is an essential requirement for GMP+ certified companies. It is an important step of the HACCP principles, which are mandatory to implement for every GMP+ certified company. Monitoring has to be based on the company’s own risk assessment. This gives flexibility, but also requires a company to take its own responsibility. GMP+ certified companies should be able to motivate and demonstrate the results of their plan (to clients, to auditors, to competent authorities, etc).
In the GMP+ Monitoring database GMP+ certified companies can draw up and manage their monitoring program as well as store analysis results, evaluate the results and share these results with other companies and /or customers. Sharing results with the GMP+ Community does come with advantages. The more results GMP+ participants share (anonymously) with the GMP+ Community, the more information is available for all GMP+ participants! This information can be used to establish and evaluate your own monitoring program and GMP+ uses it to adjust the GMP+ conditions. The new Aflatoxin B1 protocol for the harvest 2015-2016 is a good example of the latter.
Besides the GMP+ Monitoring database, the information in the generic Risk Assessments can be useful.
Tip 4: Overview of product standards
Did you know that on our website an overview with all applicable standards for feed has been published? Related to the monitoring plan, a participant must determine for each sample the measuring values within which the safety of a product can be guaranteed. These values are referred to as the ‘reject limit’ within the GMP+ FC Scheme. In order to prevent rejection of products as much as possible, action limits were also determined. Both the reject limits and action limits are included in GMP+ BA1).