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Is it verification or validation?

Lately there has been a lot of talk about the concept of verification vs. validation. Validation is a process that ensures a plan is going to work. When writing a food safety, environmental, or animal welfare plan, it is important to justify any methods used. This includes backing up processes with published scientific data or your own experiments. Validation is an essential part of any plan because it shows that the controls used will work.

Validation is often confused with verification. Verifying a plan ensures that any controls used are within the limits established in the plan. Verification is a constant process that occurs after the plan is in place. These can include checking temperatures are within limits, checking to see if machinery is working, and many others. Controls need to be verified often to ensure safe, quality food.

Validus understands that both verification and validation are needed. We validate our own product with our scientific committees. These are groups of experts that review and revise the Validus Certification Programs to ensure they meet the latest requirements. Validus consults with producers as well, and can assist with verification procedures. To find out more about how we can help, visit the “Consulting” page of our website.