Beverage Quality Auditing

  • Overview
  • Benefits of Audits
  • Why Work With NSF?

NSF offers a full scope of farm-to-fork food and beverage auditing services. We have the capabilities and experience to provide various types of audits including:

  • Regulatory compliance (U.S. FDA, EU, BIS and other national regulations)
  • Trade associations (every bottled water and packaged ice association model code)
    • Tier 1 and Tier 2 plant inspections for the International Bottled Water Association (IBWA)
    • Canadian Bottled Water Association (CBWA)
    • U.S.-based International Packaged Ice Association (IPIA)
    • European Packaged Ice Association (EPIA)
    • Others
  • Retailers
  • Third-party audits for U.S. state compliance, including New York state
  • Gap/assessment audits to identify how close you are to compliance with NSF product certification (bottled water, natural mineral water, beverages, packaged ice or beverage caps and containers) or any of the GFSI food safety system certifications (SQF, BRC, IFS, FSSC 22000)
  • HACCP plans

Inspections generally start with HACCP, and include prerequisite programs and good manufacturing practices.

NSF Supplier Assurance Audit expectation guidelines provide a basis for preparing your plant, or we can tailor an audit to your specific needs. Download the Supplier Assurance Audit expectation guidelines (PDF) for: food processing facilities; food contact packaging materials, food-related items and personal care products; food warehouse and distribution facilities or manufacturing facilities of sanitation and household chemicals and supplies.

For more information on our auditing services or the process of working with us, or to get a quote, contact us at beveragequalitysales@nsf.org.

Benefits of Audits

As a manufacturer of bottled water, natural mineral water, beverages or packaged ice, a key element of your food safety plan is an independent verification of your production process.

NSF provides independent, third-party audits of bottling facilities. Our global network of expert auditors, many located in-market and fluent in local languages, offers beverage companies a full range of plant inspections and audits. We can audit to specific standards or utilize supply chain templates we have developed with manufacturers, retailers and trade organizations.

NSF’s plant audits can be tailored to go as deep into your food safety plan and supply chain as you or your customers require. We can measure compliance to set requirements or to local or international regulatory requirements.

Why Work With NSF?

Our audit team is comprised of industry professionals, many with 20+ years of auditing experience, who receive extensive training and calibration to provide you with the most thorough, consistent audit findings.

NSF is an independent food safety organization that is accredited globally for auditing. Our accreditations include ISO/IEC Standard 17020, general criteria for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection and ANSI accreditation for ISO/IEC Guide 65 for general requirements for bodies operating product certification systems.

Our OASIS audit platform, used globally by all NSF auditors, provides consistency and security.

NSF Online

NSF Online is our secure web portal that provides total, 24/7 access to customers to view and download their audit and test reports, as well as submit corrective actions. Alerts show pending and past activity, and you have quick access to historical documents.

NSF Online houses a variety of management reports accessible at various user levels, as assigned by your company’s designated administrative user. NSF Online is available to NSF clients at no additional cost. Customization is available on request.

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