Product Recall Policy and Procedures
AR Solution Group is committed to distribute only safe, suitable and lawful products to our customers. We consider it our duty and moral responsibility to remove products from sale that have been deemed unsafe or in violation of Product Safety and Standards as well as the UK’s National Standards Body.
The procedures outlined in this document are designed to carry out a recall or market withdrawal, ensuring the efficacy of the product to protect the physical and economic health of our customers. The purpose of a recall is to locate the product identified for recall, remove the product from distribution and provide accurate information to all parties involved. The recall is concluded when relevant authorities and/or assigned personnel determine that all reasonable efforts have been made to remove or correct the product.
A product recall is a critical procedure and is managed as a priority and can not be rescheduled. When a product recall is received or has been determined, it will take priority over all other business operations. The term “Product Recall” indicates an urgent matter and requires immediate attention.
The terms outlined in this policy instruct us to identify the source of products distributed to each customer in the event of any complications with any products or lot being identified. Those products can then be located and isolated.
A log of customers and products shipped are maintained and any customers who are affected will be promptly notified of the recall and the course of action that will follow. A letter is drafted and mailed within 24 hours of the recall notification. “URGENT - Product Recall” will be prominently displayed on the envelope.
Once the defective product has been recovered it will be returned to the processing plant (if there is no potential for further contamination) to determine whether the product can be reprocessed or if it must be destroyed; if the latter is chosen then destruction must be witnessed by proper authorities or the product shipped to an approved disposal facility.
The responsibility of this policy is enacted by the operations manager. In the event of the company becoming aware of an already dispatched non-conforming product, The manager will initiate the following product recall procedure.
Withdrawal & Recall
1. Key staff & management are to be informed immediately.
2. Non-conforming product details are to be obtained from records using the traceability system.
3. Details of supplier (where applicable), delivery destination and quantity of all non-conforming products, are to be ascertained and documented.
4. Our supplier contact (where applicable) and delivery destination are to be contacted as soon as possible thereafter. Details of the non-conforming product will be given to this/these person(s) and a recall request made to isolate the non-conforming product for return. A record of these interactions will be maintained. Where deemed necessary (e.g. in case of difficulty in contacting the customer), emails or registered letters will also be dispatched or contact in person attempted.
5. All recalled, withdrawn or returned products will be examined by a nominated competent staff member/manager. They will make a decision on the fate of the product after the investigation is completed i.e. consigned to waste (all recalled and withdrawn products, or unusable returns), or reworked / re-graded (for products that are of acceptable quality).
6. On return of the non-conforming product to the site, the product label is to be used to identify the product according to the company traceability system.
7. All products from the same batch and products deemed to be related are to be investigated and its conforming/non-conforming status reassessed. If a relation between the products is found, this must also be recalled in accordance with this procedure.
8. If a situation arises where a known non-conforming product has reached the final consumer, all necessary resources are to be used to establish the identity of the consumer and notify the consumer of the problem and retrieve the non-conforming product as soon as possible.
9. If necessary, a product recall notification may be prepared detailing:
Batch Identification Code
Reasons for Recall
10. If it is established that the recalled product has been resold over a wide area to unknown consumers, the printed media (and radio) will be used to issue a product recall notice.
11. All available resources shall be used to protect the customer from harm in such circumstances.
12. The cause of the issue shall be fully investigated and corrective action implemented and verified with the Competent Authority before resumption of normal business.
13. A withdrawal/recall record must be maintained to capture all appropriate information about the product recall/withdrawal. The manager must ensure that the record is maintained and up to date during the recall/withdrawal and is verified, signed and dated upon completion of the withdrawal/recall.
This record will include:
List of all communications (including phone calls), their time, date, name of person and brief details of the communication.
Any actions/decisions made.
14. A detailed investigation will be carried out following the non-conformance:
Determine what may have gone wrong in the process.
Quantify the product affected.
Determine the degree, if any to which the safety and quality of the product has been affected.
Document results of any analysis carried out on the non-conforming product.
Document details of corrective action carried out to (a) ensure the product was dealt with in a safe manner and (b) to prevent recurrence of non-conformance. Reference any staff training that may be required as part of the corrective action
15. All documentation relating to the issue will be collated and made available to the Competent Authority.
16. This withdrawal/recall procedure will be tested on an annual basis to ensure it’s continued validity, the procedure as listed above followed and the relevant information recorded in the withdrawal/recall record.