There are countless agencies, regulatory boards and organizations that monitor different aspects in the manufacturing compliance lifecycle. In Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA
) and Transport Canada
are just a few. In the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA
) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA
) all have their hands in manufacturing compliance. However, the lists don’t end there.
Compliance is an umbrella term and in manufacturing, it can cover regulatory standards related to product safety, health and environmental impact, information technology security, employment law, anti-corruption and more. While regulatory boards typically inspect, audit and approve or penalize manufacturers, it is the manufacturer’s duty to ensure their compliance practices are up to standard. The risks of non-compliance include financial loss, legal consequences, reputational damage and the endangerment of human life. For these reasons, ensuring your entire supply chain is compliant with legal, ethical and industry regulations is a critical step for manufacturers. Here are three reasons manufacturers should automate compliance management in their supply chain.