Third Party Auditor Survey
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Introduction

You are being asked to participate in a research study. Before you give your consent to participate, it is important that you read the following information and ask as many questions as necessary to be sure you understand what you will be asked to do.

Principle Investigator: Beth Driscoll
Purpose: Doctoral research in Public Policy and Administration
Contact Information: edriscol@ryerson.ca

Organization: Ryerson University, Politics and Public Administration Department
Supervisors: Dr. Richard Meldrum and Dr. Kernaghan Webb
Contact Information: Dr. Richard Meldrum, meldrum@ryerson.ca, (416) 979-5000, ext. 4621

Title of the study: Public and Private Food Safety Regulatory Systems: Exploring the Role of Third Party Auditors in Achieving Public Health Objectives

Purpose of the study: To investigate the role of third party auditors in public health.

Before you give your consent to participate, it is important that you read the following information and, if you have any questions to contact the researcher, Beth Driscoll, at edriscol@ryerson.ca or her supervisor, Dr. Richard Meldrum at meldrum@ryerson.ca, before continuing. This research is being conducted for the purpose of completing a Doctor of Philosophy dissertation by the principle investigator. The research will be used for the dissertation, journal publications, conference presentations and other potential publications, e.g., industry events. You will not be identified in publications.
Participation in this study is voluntary. You may refuse to participate in the survey, or exit the survey at any time without penalty. You are free to decline to answer any particular question you do not wish to answer for any reason. Your decision to take part (or not), will in no way influence your current or future opportunities and relationship with Ryerson University, or with any of the researchers involved in this study. You will receive no direct benefits from participating in this study.


Description of the study
This project will explore the role of the third party auditor in public health. Its goal is to determine i) the professional identity of these auditors, and how they understand their role in public health and ii) how the food production industry, governments, and the private regulatory system understand the auditorsí role in public health.

If you choose to participate, you will be asked about your professional identity and your understanding of your role in public health through the audits you conduct to a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked Food Safety Scheme.

Your survey answers will be sent to a link at Opinio, Ryerson Universityís online survey tool, and all data is store at Ryerson University. Opinio does not collect identifying information such as your name, email address, or IP address. Therefore, your responses will remain anonymous. No one will be able to identify you or your answers, and no one will know whether or not you participated in the study.


At the end of the survey you will be asked if you are interested in participating in an additional interview [by phone, in person, or email].  If you choose to provide contact information such as your phone number or email address, your survey responses may no longer be anonymous to the researcher. However, no names or identifying information would be included in any publications or presentations based on these data, and your responses to this survey will remain confidential.


The data will be stored in electronic format on secure USB key and Ryerson servers. Hardcopies of all information will be maintained in a locked filing cabinet at Ryerson University.

Participation in this study is voluntary. Your decision to take part (or not) will in no way influence your current or future opportunities and relationship with Ryerson University, or with any of the researchers involved in this study.

This study has undergone review through the Ryerson University Research Ethics Board. If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, you may contact the Ryerson Research Ethics Board at rebchair@ryerson.ca.

Conflict of interest declarations: Beth Driscoll is a contract employee for NSF-International. This information is being collected solely for the researcherís graduate degree, and is not being collected for any organization associated with the GFSI or NSF-International.

This project is entirely focused on the role of the GFSI auditor in public health. The survey is not intended to investigate or assess the GFSI, a GFSI benchmarked Food Safety Scheme, Certification Body, Accreditation Body, government or other organization. Should the survey contain information that would identify one of these organizations, the identifying information will be anonymized prior to use.

Consent to participate in the research study: Public and Private Food Safety Regulatory Systems: Exploring the Role of Third Party Auditors in Achieving Public Health Objectives

Please read and confirm the following questions:

I am certified to at least one GFSI benchmarked scheme.
I have completed at least five GFSI audits of that scheme.
I understand the information presented here.

 

I agree, and consent to participate in this survey.  
I disagree, and do not consent to participate in this survey.