Creating an accurate and comprehensive set of ingredient specifications is the most important step an ingredient end user can take to protect product safety, quality and suitability. The ingredient specification is an absolute statement of instructions, limits, requirements, regulatory references, certifications and any other stipulations and guidance relating to end user expectations and details.
End users must take great care to protect their interests by creating, reviewing and verifying an accurate and comprehensive specification for each individual ingredient or intermediate component. Incomplete, vague and poorly-written specifications lead to misunderstandings and misinterpretations which may cause risks to safety, quality and will eventually impact both end user and consumer satisfaction.
Specification experts at EHA provide client guidance for creation of comprehensive document estates based on mandatory supplier disclosure information. Further, clients are provided with methods to unify supplier and end-user properties and align ingredient expectations and risks in order to reduce the risk of unexpected non-conformances.
Not all ingredients supplied to end users can be expected to meet all expectations; however honest supplier disclosure is used to identify gaps, risks and property variation. Awareness of risk and variability allows end users to adjust monitoring and evaluations, looking at weak links to identify unacceptable variation.