Auditing GMP+ certified participant not on site
15 August 2017
Recently GMP+ International has observed in three individual cases that a GMP+ certified participant (certified for the scope “Trade in Feed”) has not been audited on-site by the GMP+ accepted Certification Body. As stated in the relevant chapters of the GMP+ C3/C6 Assessment and Certification Criteria for GMP+ Certification – Product/Process Certificate the initial certification audit, announced surveillance audit and the re-certification audit must always be conducted on-site.
The assessment of the quality documentation for traders and/or affreightment companies for issuing a temporary acceptance can be done off-site.
In some specific cases and/or conditions it is allowed to audit GMP+ certified participant off-site:
- Annex 7 of the GMP+ C3/C6, Assessment and Certification Criteria for GMP+ Certification – Product/Process Certificate.
- In combination with an exemption issued by GMP+ International.
- The certification of PO Boxes.
- The certification of so called “paper” traders
In the last two situations the GMP+ accepted certification body is responsible to establish if auditing off-site is justified for the surveillance audit and recertification audit. To establish if a so called “paper” trader is really a “paper” trader an initial on-site audit is mandatory.