8.0 Operation

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8.5 Product & Service Provision

8.5.4 Preservation

This is a new requirement. The auditor will expect to see that adequate measures are taken to protect/preserve the product during internal processing and delivery to the intended destination. The preservation process must include packaging, storage and other product specific handling methods, the requirements for which are likely to be an output of the design process.

  1. Identification – this is relative to identification and traceability however for preservation of product it is a requirement and not ‘as applicable’. You should expect to see that all products are clearly identified;
  2. Handling – you should verify that suitable handling methods are implemented throughout the processes. This may include bulk handing using moving equipment or physical contact where handling may influence product conformity;
  3. Packaging – you should expect to see that methods have been established for packaging the product to preserve its integrity;
  4. Storage – you should expect to see that product is stored in a manner to safe guard product;
  5. Protection – you should verify that appropriate measures are in place to protect product. This will vary depending on the product.

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