Assignment for Standardisation and Quality Module, FB204P

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This part of the assessment for the module is worth 25% of the module marks. You will work in teams of two people or three people. You will be marked out of a 100 for this assignment with your final mark weighted to 25% of the module mark.
The objective of this assignment is to identify and critique national and international standards which address aspects of quality management.
Procedure:
1. Select a team member or members with whom you will work on the assignment. You must post your team selection to the relevant drop box on Loop by April 1st. If you have not posted the names of your team by this date, you will be assigned to a team.
(5 marks)
2. Each team member must select 10 different items of packaging from two different categories of products, ie five pieces of packaging from each of two categories.
Categories include food products, pharmaceuticals, personal care product (eg shampoo), electronic goods etc. You must select two different categories of products, so if you only select food packaging, for example, you will lose marks. You must also select packaging in a range of different materials (eg paper, plastic, metal, glass, tetrapack etc). Give a reason why you have selected these two product categories. If there are two people on your team you must select twenty different packaging types for the team and if there are three people on your team, you must select thirty different packaging types. (5 marks)
3. Identify a standard (or standards) that is relevant to your chosen product category on the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) website. For this standard (or standards), please write down:
 Standard Number
 Standard Year
 Gulf Standard Number
 Gulf Standard Year
 Standard Arabic Name
 Standard English Name
 ICS Code
(5 marks)
4. For this standard (or standards), explain why this standard is relevant to your product category by summarising the main requirements of the standard (or standards). You should also see if there is any other relevant information about your product on the Saudi Food and Drug Authority’s website (www.sfda.gov.sa)
(10 marks)
5. For each of the categories of packaging, identify what standard items should be present on the label or packaging in accordance with the standard (see appendix 1 below for the items that could be considered). You should work with your team members in researching the standards, for example each student researching one standard in detail
and then sharing the results with your team members. (5 marks)
6. Write an individual report on whether your chosen packaging meets these standards, explaining in detail any non-conformances. You need to report individually on the ten pieces of packaging you have selected. In this report, you should include a photograph of the packaging showing the relevant quality item (eg best before date, nutritional
information, bar code, statements about quality etc) (40 marks)
7. Summarise the findings from each team member in one coherent report. This report will contain the main findings from your individual report in item 6 and will report on twenty pieces of packaging in a team of two people or thirty pieces of packaging in a team of three people. It is up to each team to decide how to structure your summary report and what total quality tool to use (if any). (10 marks)
8. Identify a related international standard (or standards) eg from the ISO website and describe the title, year, and standard number and any other details you consider relevant. (10 marks)
9. Explain what differences there are, if any, between this ISO standard and the SASO standard. (10 marks)
Deliverables
Each student must submit an individual report in hard copy containing all the relevant information outlined above in items 1 to 9 by the April 27th deadline. You should also upload an individual report on Loop. As you are required to select different packaging from your team members, the individual report in Item 6 above, will be unique to you. However, the summary report (item 7) will be common to each member of your team. Please make sure to use the cover sheet provided on loop for this assignment. Packaging and labelling regulations in Saudi Arabia
Packaging: The packaging standards are set by Saudi Arabian Standards Organization – SASO, which are of international standards. The Ministry of Commerce and Industry implements SASO guidelines through its inspection and test laboratories at ports of entry in Saudi Arabia.
Languages Permitted on Packaging and Labelling: Arabic labelling is required on all consumer products. Samples imported must be labelled at least in English.
Unit of Measurement: All imported goods as well as transport documents must show metric units of measurement and weight.
Mark of Origin “Made In” is Obligatory
Labelling Requirements: Labelling requires information such as product name, country of origin, producer’s name and address, production and expiry/use by dates, in Arabic and English languages.
Specific Regulations: Labelling is particularly important for companies marketing food products, personal care products, healthcare products, and pharmaceuticals.

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