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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Conduct audits within a quality management system 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
119797  Conduct audits within a quality management system 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Food Manufacturing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Manufacturing and Assembly 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
9045  Verify a supplier`s quality assurance system in a food or beverage manufacturing environment  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is intended for a person working in a food or sensitive consumer product environment who needs to conduct audits within a quality management system.A person credited with this unit standard is able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of auditing principles relating to a quality management system within a food or sensitive consumer product environment.
  • Plan for and perform an audit within a quality management system for a food or sensitive consumer product environment.
  • Evaluate and report on the findings of the audit within a quality management system for a food or sensitive consumer product environment.

    This unit standard will contribute to the full development of the learner with in the food or sensitive consumer product environment by providing recognition, further mobility and transportability within these mentioned sectors. The skills, knowledge and understanding demonstrated within this unit standard are essential for social and economic transformation and contribute to the upliftment and economic growth within the food or sensitive consumer product environment. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Required skills and knowledge on:
  • NQF 5 numeracy.
  • NQF 5 communication.
  • Quality control practices and procedures.
  • Quality assurance principles.
  • Further Education and Training Certificate or Diploma / Occupational Certificate in processing and manufacturing of food or sensitive consumer products.
  • Contextual knowledge of the area to be audited.
  • Supervisory and leadership skills. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    In the context of this unit standard food or sensitive consumer product environment includes primary production, processing, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, merchandising, retailing, preparation and final presentation to the consumer. Food or sensitive consumer products refer to any food, beverage, pharmaceutical, cosmetic or fast moving consumable product utilised by a human being or mammal that might become harmful to humans and mammals due to non-conformance to critical control parameters.

    The level assigned to this unit standard is applicable because the processes requires a range of specialised technical skills that offer a considerable choice of procedures in a variety of contexts. A broad knowledge base with substantial depth, analytical interpretation of information, informed judgements and a range of sometime innovative responses to concrete but often unfamiliar problems are employed. The application of the unit standard is to qualify a person towards certification in advance trade, technical, technology occupations or undergraduate tertiary education. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of auditing principles relating to a quality management system within a food or sensitive consumer product environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose and principles of auditing of a quality management system within a food or sensitive consumer product environment are explained according to quality management principles. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Principles of auditing include ethical conduct, fair presentation, due professional care, independence and evidence-based approach.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The establishment of the audit objective is understood according to the goals of the organisation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Resource needs of the audit programme are understood according to the nature of the audit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Audit activities are identified and explained at the hand of their specific purposes. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Audit activities refer to:
  • Verification activities
  • Validation activities
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Types of audits and audit activities are identified and explained as required by the quality management system. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    The identification and explanation refer to:
  • System audits
  • Product certification audits
  • Product audits
  • Service audits
  • Process audits
  • Management audits
  • Compliance audits
  • Investigative audits
  • Inspections
  • On-site reviews
  • Sampling
  • Product analyses
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Plan for and perform an audit within a quality management system for a food or sensitive consumer product environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Audit activities are planned, scheduled and prepared for according to the organisation's quality management policy and standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All parties involved in the audit process are notified according to the organisation's quality management policy and standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The audit activities are conducted according to standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Results of the audit are recorded and reported according to standard operating procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Evaluate and report on the findings of the audit within a quality management system for a food or sensitive consumer product environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Results of the audit are evaluated and interpreted against the objectives of the quality management system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Non-conformances to the quality management system and their causes are identified and addressed according to the organisation's quality management policy and standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Reports on the findings of the audit are generated and distributed to the relevant stakeholders for comment and approval according to the requirements of the organisation's quality management system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Alterations to the quality management system are suggested in line with the objectives of the organisation's total quality management system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Audit follow-up is done according to the organisation's quality management policy and standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Audit follow-up includes the following activities:
  • Audit findings are addressed.
  • Implementation of corrective actions is ensured and verified.
  • Corrective actions are found adequate.
  • Audit findings are closed out.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The implication of non-conformances and significance of findings identified during the audit are understood according to the learner's work environment. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Internal moderation.
  • External moderation.
  • An assessor, accredited by the relevant ETQA, will assess the learner's competency.
  • Assessment procedures will be supplied by the ETQA in alignment with NSB requirements.
  • All assessment activities must be fair, so that all candidates have equal opportunities. Activities must be free of gender, ethnic or other bias.
  • Assessment and moderation procedures, activities and tools must be transparent, affordable and support development within the field, sub-field and NQF.
  • Questions and answers to determine theoretical knowledge are expected.
  • Examination of an assessment portfolio.
  • Reporting skills are demonstrated by effective communication, using verbal (language) and/or writing skills.
  • Direct observation in simulated or actual work conditions. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected within selected assessment criteria. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which response displays that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made.
    Specific Outcome 2,3
  • Plan for and perform an audit within a quality management system for a food or sensitive consumer product environment.
  • Evaluate and report on the findings of the audit within a quality management system for a food or sensitive consumer product environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively.
    Specific Outcome 2,3
  • Plan for and perform an audit within a quality management system for a food or sensitive consumer product environment.
  • Evaluate and report on the findings of the audit within a quality management system for a food or sensitive consumer product environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.
    Specific Outcome 2,3
  • Plan for and perform an audit within a quality management system for a food or sensitive consumer product environment.
  • Evaluate and report on the findings of the audit within a quality management system for a food or sensitive consumer product environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
    Specific Outcome 1,2,3
  • Demonstrate an understanding of auditing principles relating to a quality management system within a food or sensitive consumer product environment.
  • Plan for and perform an audit within a quality management system for a food or sensitive consumer product environment.
  • Evaluate and report on the findings of the audit within a quality management system for a food or sensitive consumer product environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large.
    Specific Outcome 1,2,3
  • Demonstrate an understanding of auditing principles relating to a quality management system within a food or sensitive consumer product environment.
  • Plan for and perform an audit within a quality management system for a food or sensitive consumer product environment.
  • Evaluate and report on the findings of the audit within a quality management system for a food or sensitive consumer product environment. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 9045, " Verify a supplier`s quality assurance system in a food or beverage manufacturing environment", Level 5, 4 credits.

    Supplementary Information:

    Where applicable, the following acts, current and future regulations and amendments should be considered:
  • Foodstuffs, Cosmetics and Disinfectants Act, No. 54 of 1972.
  • Health Act, No 63 of 1977.
  • Occupational Health and Safety Act.
  • No. 85 of 1993,Other industry specific Acts.

    Where applicable, the following International and National Standards should be considered:
  • SANS 1049 - Food Hygiene Management.
  • SANS 10330 - Requirements for a HACCP system.
  • ISO 22000 - Food safety management systems - Requirements for organisations throughout the food chain.
  • ISO 9001 - Quality Management System - Requirements.

    Definition of terms within this unit standard:

    Terminology and clarification/ explanation/ definition.
  • Food safety: Assurance that food will not cause harm to the consumer when it is prepared and/or eaten according to its intended use. Food safety is related to the occurrence of food safety hazards and does not include other human health aspects related to e.g. malnutrition.
  • Quality Assurance: Is the part of quality management focused on providing confidence that quality requirements will be fulfilled.
  • Quality Control: Is the part of quality management focused on fulfilling quality requirements.
  • Quality Management: Is the co-ordinated activities to direct and control an organisation with regard to quality.
  • Quality Management System: Is a set of interrelated or interacting processes with regard to quality, accomplished by the management of an organisation by establishing policy and objectives, and by achieving those objectives.
  • Standard operating procedures: Are the documented practice(s) defining the who, what, and when of quality activities.

    Where the term food is used, beverage is also implied.
    Where the term quality is used, food safety is also implied. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  60549   National Diploma: Aeronautical Information Management Practice  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Passed the End Date -
    Status was "Reregistered" 
    2016-12-31  TETA 
    Elective  49743   National Certificate: Manufacturing Management  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FOODBEV 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Entecom CC 
    2. Swift Silliker (Pty) Ltd 



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