Pearce, Sidney J. (1986, ASQC) Calreco, Inc., Van Nuys, CA
An industry/government/academic task force was authorized by the Food, Drug & Cosmetic Division at the Detroit Annual Technical Conference to write a food industry interpretation of the ANSI/ASQC Z1.15 Generic Guideline for Quality Systems. The main objective was to write a guideline primarily for the food process enterprise which would be tailored to individual needs. A secondary objective was to convert the highly hardware engineering oriented language to terms more easily understood by the typical food processor.
The development of an industry-specific guideline provides an opportunity to evaluate the Z1.15 Standard as a model. It also provides an opportunity to evaluate how effectively existing systems address the requirements. Typical weaknesses are noted in the areas of planning, design assurance, user contact and field performance, and corrective action.Another industry model -- Furniture Quality Program Guide -- provides another contrast and shows how the tailoring process takes place. The Furniture Guide provided the stimulus to include supplemental mateiral not in the Z1.15 standard in the appendix.
There are several ways the generic guideline can be useful. These include development of system effectiveness audit questionnaires, organization of quality system manuals, responsibility assignments, development of work breakdown structures and training programs. The integration of Good Manufacturing Practices requirements -- sanitation, housekeeping and pest control, are also somewhat a unique concern to the food field.