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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Implement good manufacturing practices in food processing 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
242970  Implement good manufacturing practices in food processing 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Secondary Agriculture: Processing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
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FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 01 - Agriculture and Nature Conservation Secondary Agriculture 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners who demonstrate competence as described in the outcomes of this unit standard will be able to implement good manufacturing practices in food processing.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between quality management systems and good manufacturing practices.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the related aspects of good manufacturing practices.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the policies and procedures for the maintenance of a GMP program.
  • Monitor compliance to good manufacturing practices in the workplace.
  • Apply good manufacturing practise in the workplace. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that the learner is competent in Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 3. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    In the context of this unit standard, good manufacturing practices include the aspects that concern a food safety program, in accordance with the Codex Alimentarius. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between quality management systems and good manufacturing practices. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to:
  • Quality control (QC), good manufacturing practices (G M P), Supplier quality assurance (SQA), hygiene management practices, hazard analysis critical control points (HACCP), quality systems, good laboratory practices, total quality management (TQM). 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The benefits of instituting good manufacturing practices are explained as applicable to a food processing facility. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The necessity of integrating GMP with other quality management systems is explained in terms of the benefits to be derived from both. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The relationship and differences between quality control and quality assurance are detailed in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The role that a supplier quality assurance (SQA) program plays is explained in terms of the achievement of GMP. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The importance of utilising good laboratory practices in the ensuring of GMP is explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The necessity of including a hygiene management system in the GMP program is explained using an industry example. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The concept and basic principles of a HACCP program are described in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The role that the various quality management systems play in the achievement of GMP is explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The objectives and scope of a typical TQM program are detailed in accordance with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the related aspects of good manufacturing practices. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to:
  • Legislation: international and national, overview of the relevant aspects of GMP, personnel hygiene practices, cleaning and sanitation, pest control, construction and maintenance, production and process control. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The overriding objective of minimising the contamination of foodstuffs and the potential sources of contamination in a food processing facility is described in terms of good manufacturing practices. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The necessity of complying with international standards of hygiene and other food safety regulations is explained in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A basic insight is given into the personal hygiene provisions of the national food safety regulations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The reasons for conducting pre-employment medical examinations are detailed using examples of chronic contagious illnesses that preclude suffers from working in a food handling environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The role that cleaning and sanitation programs play in minimising contamination is described in terms of a food processing environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The various Acts that regulate the food processing and production industry are detailed in terms of their relevance to different sectors of the food industry. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The importance of maintaining an appropriate pest control program in and around a food processing facility is explained including the methods of monitoring the effectiveness of the program. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    The necessity of adhering to the various building requirements is explained as applicable to specific food processing environments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 9 
    The equipment and facilities maintenance schedules are described to ensure that the equipment and facilities of a food processing plant are kept at optimum operating and sanitary levels. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 10 
    The methods for monitoring a specific process control are described as applicable to a particular food production facility. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the policies and procedures for the maintenance of a GMP program. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to the measuring of the GMP against the set standards through:
  • Total quality management (TQM), operational structure, benefits, constant appraisal and improvements, audits, examinations, comparisons, recordings, evaluating, maintaining, verifying, Standard operating procedures (SOPs). 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The operational structure of a total quality management system is described as applicable to own workplace. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The benefits of a TQM are explained as apposed to individual non-integrated quality systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The procedures for the examination and auditing of the quality management systems are described according to standard operating procedures (SOPs). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The procedures for the recording of the performances of the quality management systems are described according to standard operating procedures (SOPs). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The procedures for the comparison of performance results against the optimum and the evaluation of these are described according to standard operating procedures (SOPs). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The procedures for the maintenance and verification of the TQM system are described according to standard operating procedures (SOPs). 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Monitor compliance to good manufacturing practices in the workplace. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to:
  • The importance of integration of: personnel hygiene practices, cleaning and sanitation, pest control, construction and maintenance, production and process control. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Compliance to the personal hygiene program is monitored as an integrated component of good manufacturing practices (GMP) according to standard operating procedures (SOPs). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Compliance to the cleaning and sanitation program is monitored as an integrated component of good manufacturing practices (GMP) according to standard operating procedures (SOPs). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Compliance to the pest control program is monitored as an integrated component of good manufacturing practices (GMP) according to standard operating procedures (SOPs). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Compliance to the equipment and facilities maintenance program is monitored as an integrated component of good manufacturing practices (GMP) according to standard operating procedures (SOPs). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Compliance to the production and process control program is monitored as an integrated component of good manufacturing practices (GMP) according to standard operating procedures (SOPs). 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Apply good manufacturing practise in the workplace. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    The range includes but is not limited to:
  • Compiling of reports, administering reports, participate in internal audits, analysing non conformance reports, initiating corrective measures. 

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Standard reports are compiled and administered according to standard operating procedures (SOPs). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Non-conformance reports are analysed and corrective measures initiated according to standard operating procedures (SOPs). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Internal audits are conducted and reports are compiled as a member of the audit team according to standard internal auditing procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Policy and procedure documentation are maintained for the work area according to standard operating procedures (SOPs). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Deviations from normal operating performance are reported according to standard operating procedures (SOPs). 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    Appropriate corrective measures are selected and implemented to address areas of non-conformance according to standard operating procedures (SOPs). 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.

    The assessment of qualifying learners against this standard should meet the requirements of established principles. Practical assessment activities will be used, which are appropriate to the contents in which qualifying learners are working. These activities will include an appropriate combination of self and peer assessment, practical and oral assessments, observations etc.

    The assessment should ensure that all the specific outcomes, critical cross-field outcomes and essential embedded knowledge be assessed. The specific outcomes must be assessed in its own right, through oral and practical evidence. It cannot be assessed by observation only.

    The specific outcomes and essential knowledge must be assessed in relation to each other. If a qualifying learner is able to explain the essential embedded knowledge, but is unable to perform the specific outcomes, then they should not be assessed as competent. Similarly, if a learner is able to perform specific outcomes, but is unable to explain or justify their performance in terms of the essential embedded knowledge, they should not be assessed as competent.

    Evidence of the specified critical cross-field outcomes should be found, both in performance and in the essential embedded knowledge.

    Performance of specific outcomes must actively affirm target groups of qualifying learners, not unfairly discriminate against them. Qualifying learners should be able to justify their performance in terms of these values. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Embedded knowledge is reflected in the assessment criteria for each specific outcome and must be assessed in its own right, through oral and written evidence. Observation cannot be the only assessment. 

    UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
  • Reflecting on and exploring a variety of strategies to learn more effectively.
  • Participating as responsible citizens in the life of local, national and global communities.
  • Being culturally and aesthetically sensitive across a range of social contexts.
  • Exploring education and career opportunities.
  • Developing entrepreneurial opportunities. 

  • UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made by:
  • Utilising the policies and procedures to discern the performances of the quality systems.
  • Ensuring that the standards of personal and facility hygiene are maintained. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    The learner is able to work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or communities by:
  • Engaging with other participants in the evaluation of quality management systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Co-ordinating the verification of the GMP objectives within the normal process flow in the facility.
  • Preparing for the examination of the standards of the quality management systems. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    The learner is able to collect, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Comparing the performance results against the optimum and the evaluation of these, as per the company's SOPs. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    The learner is able to communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation by:
  • Reporting of any variances with the normal operating performances of the quality management systems.
  • Compiling reports on the evaluation of the results of the TQM. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    The learner is able to use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others by:
  • Understanding the dangers that may arise from the contamination of food.
  • Utilising knowledge of the chemical properties of disinfectants to minimise the occurrence of contamination. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    The learner is able to demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognizing that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.
  • Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    The learner is able to contribute to the full personal development of themselves and the social and economic development of the society at large.
  • Evident in all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    Assessors must:
  • Be accredited by the relevant ETQA.
  • Hold an assessor certificate according to the current requirements.
  • Have experience or in depth knowledge of the food processing industry. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    The Learner:
  • Is expected to perform the specific outcomes reflected in this unit standard without direct supervision.
  • Should have access to work site procedures.
  • Should demonstrate an application of ethics and values.
  • Must apply basic principles of general safety and customer care.
  • Should demonstrate an awareness of the expectations and obligations of basic employee/employer relations including industrial relations principles.

    At this level the communication/reporting of issues arising in the workplace, is embedded in the specific outcomes and the related assessment criteria.

    It is understood that, due to the nature of the work environment and the skills level of the Learner, that the aspects of teamwork form an integral part of the necessary specific outcomes and related assessment criteria.

    The points included under the notes, should be included when the qualifying Learners are being assessed. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  48659   Further Education and Training Certificate: Grain Milling  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 
    Elective  48893   Further Education and Training Certificate: Dry Pet Food Advanced Processing Technology  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  AgriSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Peritum Agri Institute 



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