What are checklists and doclists used for?

What are checklists and doclists used for?

The checklists feature in Safefood 360° allows you to quickly setup your Internal Audit Programs, COP’s, Supplier Audits and Reviews using predefined checklists from the most popular GFSI for food schemes. You can also create your own checklists which can be reused throughout your system in places like Medical Screening, Product Recall, Traceability and Management Review. As the BRC, SQF, IFS & FSSC 22000 are updated we will update these ‘system’ checklists for you, giving you complete confidence that your Audit checklists will always be compliant with the latest requirements.

Examples of places where checklists can be applied:

Examples of where doclists are used:

1. Enter Checklist / Doclist Details

Enter Checklist / Doclist Details
  1. Give your checklist or doclist a name.
  2. Organize your checklists into folders so they are easy to find when you need them.

Tip: It is a good idea to develop a consistent naming practice for your checklists so that you will be able to tell different checklists from each other even after a long time.

2. Select between Checklist & Doclist

Select between Checklist & Doclist

Checklist: Checklist is usually a list of questions. You could use a checklist as part of an internal audit, risk assessment, supplier audit, supplier self assessment etc.

Doclist: Doclist is a list of documents that you want to source from your supplier as part of supplier control. If you embed a doclist into your supplier audit – as opposed to a normal checklist – what will happen is that the user is prompted to upload a new document and select a review date for the document. This document will be automatically named and stored in that supplier’s own folder under the document control module. So essentially the doclist is a tool for sourcing a standard list of documents from each supplier and getting those documents named automatically.

3. Define your Checklist or Doclist

Below are two examples: One for a traditional checklist that would be used in audits, the other is for a doclist that is specifically used to source documents from a supplier.

3.1. Example: Checklist

Example: Checklist
  1. Enter the number of the check (if applicable)
  2. Enter the description of the check
  3. Attach a procedure or a document to the check if you need to give the user some instructions for example. This document can be viewed with a single click when the person is filling in the checklist.
  4. You can breakdown your checklist into sections by using the Heading column. Any questions after a heading are assumed to belong to the same section in the checklist until the next heading line appears. Using this feature will allow the audit scores to be automatically calculated for each section of the checklist. It will also help you structure the checklist in a more visually appealing way. In the example above we broke the checklist down into two main sections. Then we broke the second section further into two sub sections.
  5. Add new lines to your checklist as is necessary.
  6. You can load existing checklists (both system provided checklists and your own) to be part of your new checklists and modify them accordingly.


Note: The example at point 7 was created using HTML. If you know HTML, you can use some basic tags to format the checklist items and make them look appropriate. In this case the code <b>exampletext</b> was used to bold the words. Other HTML codes can be inserted as well.

3.2. Example: Doclist

Example: Doclist

The doclist is used when you want to source a standard list of documents from a supplier. The documents – once they have been uploaded by the supplier – will be automatically stored in the suppliers own folder under the document control module, and they will be automatically named.

The name of the document that is stored in the suppliers folder will be: SUPPLIER :: MATERIAL :: DOCLIST ITEM  or  SUPPLIER :: DOCLIST ITEM depending on whether the document was sourced as part of material assessment or a supplier audit.

  1. The description field is the name of the document. Important! Notice that in doclists you can use the colon symbol “:” to separate the document name from the document description / work instructions . This is very beneficial and important to understand. In the above example the supplier would see the entire instruction when they log into the supplier portal. However once they have uploaded the documents they will be named “SUPPLIER :: MATERIAL :: Quality Certificate” as opposed to “SUPPLIER :: MATERIAL :: Quality Certificate: Please upload your latest….” This is a great and effective way of managing your documents and instructions to ensure they are tidy in appearance.
  2. If you want the supplier to download a document – for example a word document or an excel sheet – you can link to a document from the Document Control module. Don’t forget to give your supplier sufficient instructions in the description part as to what they should do. In the above example we’ve instructed them to download the document, to fill it and upload it.
  3. Add as many lines to your doclist as you need

Automatic naming of documents that have been sourced using a doclist

Automatic naming of documents that have been sourced using a doclist

Notice that a colon symbol “:” separated the document name and the description.

Tips for formatting checklist items

You can use HTML tags to format your checklist items. For example:

  • <b>This text would be bold</b>
  • <i>This text would be in italics</i>
  • <small>This text would be smaller</small>
  • <center>This text would be aligned to the center</center>