From the Inspector’s Point of View: The Digital Revolution in Food Certifications.

In recent years, the field of food certifications has undergone a profound digital transformation from the inspector’s point of view. Until recently, certification inspections were primarily conducted through on-site checks, with all the limitations that this approach entails, and the idea of using digital food certifications was unthinkable.

Being an inspector in the field of food certifications involves navigating complex networks of documentation and ensuring compliance with standards and regulations that ensure food safety and quality. However, the digital transformation has brought significant changes in how we approach inspections and communicate with the companies under examination.

Standards such as ISO 22000 and BRCGS (British Retail Consortium Global Standards) serve as guiding principles for inspections. Traceability in the supply chain and adherence to good manufacturing practices are focal points, ensuring that every step in the production and distribution chain adheres to rigorous food safety standards.

Today, thanks to new technologies, it is possible to greatly streamline this process, making it more accurate and secure. For example, using real-time monitoring systems for cold chain temperatures allows for objective and non-manipulatable data on proper food storage.

Even in the phases of document analysis and verification of production processes, we are witnessing a digital breakthrough. Food companies increasingly use management software capable of automatically generating analysis certificates, transport documents, traceability records, and more. This allows inspectors to save valuable time and avoid manual errors.

Similarly, the issuance of certifications is now possible in digital format through blockchain and digital signatures. Certificates are no longer just pieces of paper but digital resources with numerous additional properties. For example, it is possible to verify at any given moment whether a certification is authentic and has not been tampered with.

The digital transformation has revolutionized my experience as an inspector. New technologies and platforms allow for complete control of company documentation. The ability to access, analyze, and verify documents in real-time makes inspections more accurate and efficient.

Audit Room virtual spaces represent a significant innovation. During inspections or due diligence analyses, these virtual rooms provide a centralized environment for reviewing company documentation. Through real-time interaction with the company, I can assess compliance with certifications, ensuring faster and more effective communication. These virtual rooms not only simplify the inspection process but also improve transparency. They allow for instant document sharing, facilitating communication and resolving any doubts. Efficiency increases thanks to the ability to navigate through structured documentation.

Of course, the use of technology cannot and should not completely replace field checks, which remain essential.

However, digitizing a significant part of the data flow allows for considerable time and resource savings while ensuring greater accuracy in inspections. New technologies enable more timely communication. I can immediately report any non-compliance or request specific clarifications, allowing companies to respond in real-time. This instant connectivity improves decision-making and the correction of any issues.

The food certifications of the future will be increasingly digital, globally interoperable, and secured through blockchain technology. This will make it more efficient and secure for inspectors to monitor even geographically distant companies, to the benefit of consumer health. The digital revolution is transforming this sector towards higher standards in line with technological advancements.

Being an inspector today means embracing digital innovation. The transformation of food inspections through new technologies and audit room virtual spaces represents a significant step forward. The combination of traditional expertise and digital tools offers more accurate control and faster communication, promoting food safety and compliance with certifications. Our ability to keep companies up to the highest standards is advancing by leaps and bounds, thanks to this synergy between experience and digital innovation.

Gianluigi Michelotto
Co Founder Certiblok

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