Food Defense Mitigation Strategies: How to Keep Your Facility Safe

You have a food safety plan in place, you’ve verified your foreign suppliers, and your delivery vehicles meet the requirements for sanitary transportation. Concerning FSMA, you’re feeling like everything’s “so far, so good.” But you aren’t quite done yet. The Final Rule for Mitigation Strategies to Protect Food Against Intentional Adulteration is coming into play and it requires food processors …

C-TPAT Security Requirements: Access Control and Visitor Management

Are you thinking about becoming C-TPAT certified? If you move goods across the border, this certification can be a boon for your business. To be accepted into the C-TPAT program, your company must meet a set of minimum security requirements. This article reviews the access control and visitor management requirements for importers, exporters, and customs brokers. Click here to download …

7 Benefits of Becoming C-TPAT Certified

If you move goods across the U.S. border, you’ve probably heard of the Customs-Trade Partnership Against Terrorism (C-TPAT) program. C-TPAT was put in place by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The program puts the onus on companies to implement security best practices across the supply chain with the goal of ensuring the safety of …

3 Common ITAR Compliance Mistakes

In the last article, we reviewed the basics of ITAR compliance. At the end, we noted the high cost of failing to comply. Here, we’ll look at three of the most common ITAR compliance mistakes that can lead to violations and penalties. Not having an internal compliance program, or having your plan on paper only If you’re involved in any …

ITAR Compliance: What It Is, Who Needs It, and the Penalties for Ignoring It

If your company is involved in exporting any defense products, services, or related technical data, you’re probably already familiar with the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR). And if not, you need to be! These export control laws are designed to prevent unauthorized foreign nationals from procuring any sensitive information. This article reviews what ITAR compliance means, who needs it, …

Documentation and Records Management for ISO Certification

Documentation and records management is at the heart of many certification and compliance programs today. It’s also just good business practice. According to a widely cited study by Information Week, between 3% and 5% of an organization’s files are lost or misplaced at any given time, and the average cost of recreating a document is $180. The result is that …

What is ISO Certification? Does Your Company Need It?

At The Receptionist, we’re always interested in learning more about why our customers chose to implement a visitor management system. For many, like manufacturers and companies that regularly bid for contracts, visitor management is required as part of a certification or compliance initiative. Over the next few months, we’ll be publishing a series of articles to help you better understand …