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Terms, Definitions, and Compliance Requirements

Terms, Definitions, and Compliance Requirements

Providers of Standards and Guidelines

The providers of guidelines and standards issue a set of requirements you need to address to be compliant to their particular guideline of standard. Those requirements must be understood within the context of the objectives, scope, and compliance process defined by the provider.

The requirements within different standards and requirements are often similar, and sometimes exactly the same. We have no idea when or where a particular requirement was first stated nor how that requirement made its way from one guideline or standard to another. The important point is that there is a set of requirements each provider of a guideline or standard believes will help you do a better job at, for example, security, quality, or sustainability and, when you prove you have met those requirements, you will be in compliance to those requirements.

We do not build guidelines or standards. We do not sell copies of any provider’s guidelines or standards. We do not perform audits. We have no business relationship with any provider of standards or guidelines.

Go To… Providers of Standards and Guidelines – Links and Free Downloads

Partner and Colleague Publications

During and after completion of the DHS-funded research on defense and security of the U.S. food supply chain, a number of reports and articles were published jointly and independently by Dr. Omar Keith Helferich, Dr.  Douglas J Voss, and Dr. John E Griggs.

In general, those articles focused upon the intersection of supply chain management, compliance to defined standards and guidelines, and statistical analysis. Areas of interest to us covered quality, security, safety, and sustainability.

As the “academicians” of the group, Dr. Helferich and Dr. Voss have published many other articles and books. Condensed lists of articles and books, selected for their relevance to supply chain management and compliance via the continual improvement process of PDCA, are also provided.

Go To… Partner and Colleague Publications  – Links and Free Downloads

Track & Trace by Product Brand

The topic was faster response to food supply chain Incidents. The research funder was DHS.

The premise of this research effort was that the elapse time and impact magnitude of a disruption within the food supply chain could be reduced by using product “brand” as a predictive-link up and down the supply chain.

An iterative computer model, “Track & Trace”, used available software tools and a data-rich mapping of the U.S. food supply chain for spinach for demonstration purposes.

The research effort far exceeded the level of monetary funding. It turned out to be one of those “good ideas” (at least we think so) that never went anywhere.

However, perhaps there is an idea or two in the project results that might be of interest to you.

Go To… Track & Trace by Product Brand – A Good Idea; No Interest

COMING SOON… Humanitarian Project Sustainability

Dr. Helferich has a long and commendable history of humanitarian service… from Oklahoma, 9/11 and Katrina, to safe water.

Drs. Helferich and Griggs, with help from Rosemary (Haight), have attempted to define a PDCA approach to ensuring the sustainability of humanitarian projects.

The Humanitarian Project Sustainability page will contain downloadable documents and reports on non-funded research work we have performed for a safe water project in the Dominican Republic and a recently published article addressing the assimilation of quality and sustainability.