Beginner's Guide: Validation, Verification and Monitoring of Inspection Equipment - METTLER TOLEDO

Beginner's Guide: Validation, Verification and Monitoring of Inspection Equipment

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Validation, verification and routine performance monitoring are often used interchangeably, creating confusion within organizations and across industries. Each term is a distinct process with a clear purpose and role to play at different stages within the life cycle of product inspection equipment. Understanding the purpose of each process is essential to comply with regulatory requirements, particularly where the equipment is designated as a critical control point (CCP).

Mettler Toledo's new white paper 'Validation, Verification and Monitoring For Product Inspection Equipment' begins by defining all three terms and providing a brief overview of each process and what it involves to help readers understand the differences between them and how they interrelate.

Regulatory Compliance

Aimed primarily at quality and production managers, the paper moves on to explain that validation, verification and routine performance monitoring are critical components of product safety and quality management programs throughout the food industry. It looks at key compliance requirements and the most common types of product inspection systems that can be integrated into production lines to meet these.

Recent changes in standards, regulations and legislation have placed the responsibility for food safety with retailers and manufacturers. However, proficient product inspection equipment suppliers can prove invaluable in helping manufacturers meet their compliance requirements.

How Product Inspection Equipment Suppliers Can Help

The final section of the white paper explains how equipment suppliers can facilitate initial equipment qualification and performance verification, as well as provide documentation to support the record-keeping requirements of standards, regulations and retailer codes of practice. Competent suppliers should also be able to share their expertise to help manufacturers develop and implement routine performance monitoring tests that accurately and consistently access the performance of equipment.

In addition, the paper describes how product inspection systems with built-in performance monitoring software and condition monitoring features can aid regulatory compliance, as well as enhance overall equipment effectiveness (OEE).

Rather than view their relationship with equipment suppliers as a transactional one that ends once the equipment has been delivered, readers are advised to engage with their suppliers and take advantage of after-sales support to help meet their compliance obligations.

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