GWCA facilitates Quality Management of Watercoolers

May 4, 2012

GWCA has announced the 16th April 2012 as the day of quality assurance for Watercoolers: under the direction of National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) a full day Hygiene Training has taken place in Dusseldorf, Germany.

Consumer protection is one of the key components of GWCAs’ engagement. The legal regulation of quality assurance is provided in the Principle for Good Hygiene-Practice, which is officially approved by the German Institute for Risk Assessment (Bundesinstitut für Risikobewertung/ BfR) and by the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection (Bundesministerium für Ernährung, Landwirtschaft und Verbraucherschutz/ BMELV). The Principle for Good Hygiene-Practice defines comprehensive quality-, safety and hygiene guidelines.

But this is just not enough – for GWCA. The initiative of the association goes far beyond the development of legal regulations and their inspection.

Gustav Felix, Managing Director of GWCA: “We, as an association, have the responsibility to ensure knowledge transfer. It is our concern to communicate the content of the Principle for Good Hygiene-Practice into the organizations. Each member should have the opportunity to being able to contribute to quality management and thus to consumer protection. This is one of the main reasons why we offer frequent hygiene-trainings and workshops.” 

This years’ workshop was held by NSF International, a long-standing partner of GWCA and expert in quality management.  Dr. Ulrich Kreuter, Technical Director Beverages  – EMEA of NSF International: “We are very practically oriented. Our objective is to make complex topics understandable and to derive concrete examples. The participants need to be able to integrate the learning taken from the workshop into their day-to-day business. To give insights to microbiological topics is not sufficient. Only if the information is trained according to specific industry-relevant needs, clear action points can be developed, e.g. with regard to hygienic regulations. If this is the case, information becomes value-adding.”

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