Infant formula is perhaps one of the most highly regulated foodstuffs in the world, so checking the exact composition is a rigorous affair. ISO is developing a series of standards for verifying many of the ingredients, to demonstrate the product is safe for consumption and contains what it says on the tin.
The latest one, ISO 21422 | IDF 242 for the determination of chloride content, has just been published.
Serving one of our most vulnerable population groups, the manufacture of infant formula must adhere to tough regulations before it can arrive on supermarket shelves. Nutritional labelling is heavily regulated, often requiring conformation to the Codex Alimentarius, or Food Code, the international reference for food supplements.
Codex Alimentarius is the Joint Food Standards Programme established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). It develops harmonized international food standards that protect consumer health and promote fair practices in the food trade.
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ISO 13485, Medical Devices — Quality Management Systems — Requirements for regulatory purposes, is the International Standard for quality management systems for the medical devices sector.
Published in 2016, it is designed to work with other management systems in a way that is efficient and transparent. The standard, which is now in its third edition, received strong support from the FDA, in line with its drive for global convergence of medical device regulatory processes.
The announcement by the FDA that it will use ISO 13485 in replacing its current quality system regulation, is an important next step in the recognition this standard has already gained globally.
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An organization’s greatest asset is its employees, but the impact that new recruits have on a company’s success is sometimes less clear. Or is it? New international guidelines have just been published that give recruiters a metric to measure just how well they have done.
When it comes to recruitment, finding the right person for the job not only fills an employment gap, it can have a significant impact on the organization as a whole. Recognizing this, HR departments are now often strategic partners within a company, so measuring the impact of their expertise not only demonstrates their value, but allows for continuous improvement as well.
Measuring the “quality of hire”, or the benefit that newly employed staff bring to a company, is therefore essential to determine the effectiveness of the recruitment process.