The U.S. has a strong reputation for its food industry. Companies, large and small, are producing a vast variety of goods which are exported worldwide each day. Manufacturers are faced with strict governmental regulations such as the Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) while trying to increase efficiency across their work processes. A recent step many companies have taken to be compliant is the introduction of a visitor management system.
What are GMPs?
Good Manufacturing Practices are defined by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). These regulations are created to ensure proper design, monitoring, and control of manufacturing processes and facilities. GMP covers all aspects of production from the materials, facilities, and equipment to the training of staff or visitors. Companies are required to document procedures and provide proof for audits that regulations are consistently followed.
Why are they important?
Complying with GMP standards assures that a company’s facilities are in good working condition, equipment is clean and properly maintained, and employees are well trained. It is the responsibility of both management and employees to operate a safe, clean and efficient facility. Some organizations even go further to do this in an environmentally and socially responsible manner. These practices provide consumers with confidence to know that their food and drug products are safe for consumption and quality has been controlled.
How does a visitor management system help your company be GMP compliant?
While many manufacturing companies welcome customers, suppliers, and vendors for visits and tours of the facility, they need to ensure that visitors comply with their GMP standards and have a safe visit. If they don’t monitor who’s in their buildings, visitors could easily wander into areas they are not privy to, or worse, could unknowingly enter a dangerous site.
“We are a food manufacturing company that needed a better process for guests visiting our plant. We wanted to eliminate a manual sign-in sheet while still having signed NDA legal documents. With Traction Guest, this process was made simple and provided us with an experience level that exceeded our expectations.” – Les Howell, Executive Director of IT, Illes Seasonings and Flavors.
Below are 5 examples of how a VMS can address these GMP requirements:
Operating in a highly regulated environment, manufacturers are required to rethink existing processes. Adhering to GMP regulations is critical for business survival and extends through every part of the organization. Simplifying the visitor management process creates an opportunity to reduce risk as well as increase control and data. Technology enables businesses to keep up with the competition while meeting stringent compliance standards.
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Written by Crystal Gaundan, Account Executive at Traction Guest.