The Quality Department is responsible for such things as controlling raw materials, intermediate products, packaging components, and finished goods. As part of these control procedures, the Quality Department evaluates the batch documentation, results of the process control, and results of analyses in relation to pre-determined specifications. Once the specifications are met, the products are released. If not, they are destroyed.
The Quality Department stores reference samples of every single raw material batch and finished goods batch for at least six years in situations such as control analyses by the authorities, or complaints.
In addition, the department is responsible for ensuring that every single department carries out regular self-inspection to guarantee that the GMP and HACCP rules are followed. If necessary, the Quality Department must suggest required changes to make sure that the quality assurance systems are kept up-to-date.