Such a system can also be used defensively or offensively in a product quality claim or dispute, in conjunction with an internally or externally activated stock recovery, market withdrawal, recall, or related to an outbreak investigation. One of the key benefits of a good traceability system is that it expedites removing your company from the implicated pool of suppliers in the event of a recall or outbreak. Another benefit is that it can rapidly and efficiently provide implicated lot information for public health investigators as they conduct a traceback effort based on epidemiological evidence. Equally, rapid and definitive tracking allows you to communicate clearly and in a timely manner with your customers and, ultimately, your customer’s customers along the supply chain.
The Required Elements
The requirements of a good traceability system are capturing and recording the key data elements at the critical tracking events.
Critical tracking events are those instances where product is moved between premises, is transformed, or any instance that is determined to be a point where data capture is necessary for effective tracing. Specifically, the critical tracking events are: