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Continuous Improvement

Development – To define detail, scope and purpose.

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Training participants will gain a basic understanding of Continuous Improvement and its applications within food safety and quality systems. Basic knowledge competency will be verified through successful completion of the accompanying Continuous Improvement assessment activity. Basic skill competency can be verified through the Continuous Improvement competency checklist available as a resource for this training activity.

Key Definitions For Continuous Improvement
- Continuous Improvement: To raise the performance of an organization through an ongoing process of identifying and improving missions, goals, objectives and action strategies through activities that may include but not be limited to: internal reviews, internal or external assessments, service user feedback, complaints and other service delivery issues.
- Key Performance Indicator or KPI: A quantitative or qualitative measure that enables the overall delivery of a service to be assessed against the goals or targets set by an entity in their strategic plan. A KPI is also commonly known as a KRA or Key Result Area.

Continuous Improvement Development
When considering the development, documentation and implementation of Continuous Improvement within food safety and quality management systems, the following information should be considered to ensure effective outcomes:

About Continuous Improvement
Continuous improvement is all about developing and maintaining systems through which the business can always improve. The term continuous improvement refers to an ongoing need to improve the effectiveness of a management system. The effectiveness of any food safety or food quality system can be continually improved through the use of communications, management reviews, internal audits, corrective actions, system updates, and verification and validation activities.

Continuous Improvement is more of a philosophy than a process or system. It requires everyone in the food business, from senior management through to operational team members to adopt a mindset of continuously looking for ways to improve processes and systems by making them efficient and effective. In most contemporary food businesses, continuous improvement usually takes the form of process improvement activities or projects. A process improvement activity or project is a planned and structured activity to improve a process so that one or more of its outcomes are replaced by a more efficient or effective outcome.

Continuous Improvement relies on the following attributes to ensure success in the intended scope and purpose of application:
- A commitment by all staff to continuous improvement of processes, products, courses and services;
- Input and involvement of all stakeholders in identifying and implementing quality Improvements;
- Systematic use of qualitative and quantitative feedback as the basis for identifying and prioritising improvement opportunities.

The benefits of continuous improvement include market leadership through managing and applying a commitment to continually improving business performance, ability to ensure customer requirements are met, and customer expectations are exceeded through flexibility and quick reaction to customer demand, consistency in the business approach to improving operational capabilities, increased participation from people through training in the tools and methods of continual improvement, the ability to measure continuous improvement through the establishment of goals and targets, and through the acknowledgement of improvement activities.

Continuous Improvement Steps
The logical sequenced steps commonly applied within a Continuous Improvement activity include:
- Identification and definition of the Continuous Improvement activity scope and purpose;
- Analysis of the current process or system;
- Identification of the major sources of process or system variances or inefficiencies;
- Developing solutions to the identified process or system variances or inefficiencies;
- Implementing the chosen solutions;
- Reviewing the outcomes of implementing the chosen solutions;
- Locking the successful implemented solutions into place;
- Activity summary and finalization;
- Ongoing reviews may also be applied as elements of standardised system review activities.

If your food business supplies foodstuffs manufactured to a customer’s specifications, it is important to consider any specific Continuous Improvement Development requirements in relation to their items.

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