Focus On: Validation, Verification & Monitoring

Blog | 23 October 2017

When we are advising customers in the food processing sector on developing their hygiene plans three of the most important elements are validation, verification and monitoring.   A requirement of many retail audits stipulate that hygiene tasks needed to control microbiological and allergenic hazards require validation to demonstrate that they are fit for purpose.

These controls need frequent monitoring and verification to demonstrate their on-going effectiveness.  We advise our customers on hygiene tasks, such as cleaning to control the cross contamination of food materials between product runs, or hand hygiene procedures require more routine monitoring and verification, often to a less sensitive level.

To control a hazard, it is recommended that the cleaning and disinfection of a surface that is exposed to product is validated.  Cleaning validation is not necessarily required for potentially non-critical cleaning of floors, walls and the outside of equipment unless required by risk assessment. 

 

What is validation and verification?

Cleaning validation involves showing that the defined cleaning sequence and associated parameters achieve the desired cleaning result for a set of soiling conditions.  Cleaning verification is on-going confirmation through testing or evidence that the cleaning process is meeting the specified standards.

Our new Test Kits & Inspection Equipment catalogue includes a wide range of simple, easy to use, robust testing kits and equipment suitable for different applications; including open plant cleaning, Cleaning In Place, automated washing machines, hand hygiene and air quality. 

Download the 'Validation, Verification & Monitoring' brochure at our Download page.