Food Safety Management Systems Lead Auditor

You need this course if...

  • You want to audit Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) against ISO 22000, ISO 22002-1, and the FSSC Scheme additional requirements.
  • You work in the food sector, and wish to learn how to audit food safety management systems, either as an internal auditor, supplier auditor, or third party auditor.
  • You want to add to your credibility with a widely accepted auditor qualification.
  • You want to satisfy the formal training requirements for CQI IRCA auditor certification.

You will learn…

  • The underpinning principles and benefits of a FSMS in an organisation’s success.
  • The principles, processes and techniques used for the assessment and management of food safety hazards.
  • The importance of aligning food safety specific controls with other general management system controls.
  • How continual improvement is applied within a FSMS.
  • The contribution audits make to the effectiveness of a management system.
  • The roles and responsibilities of a FSMS auditor and lead auditor.
  • About processes, and how to use them to audit the effective implementation of the FSMS.
  • To prepare thoroughly for audit and the value of process based checklists.
  • To gather objective evidence through observation, interviewing and reviewing documentation.
  • How to relate your audit findings to the policy and objectives of the organisation being audited, including applicable regulations and legislation.
  • To report your findings accurately against the requirements of ISO 22000.
  • The certification requirements to become a registered auditor/lead auditor with CQI IRCA.

You will need…

  • Knowledge of ISO 22000 (ideally gained from attending LRQA’s 1 day ISO 22000 Appreciation and Interpretation course).
  • Experience of working in the food supply chain.
  • Knowledge of the following Food Safety management principles and concepts:
    • Implementing or operating a management system within a food sector context. This includes private schemes such as BRC, GLOBALGAP, FSSC and/or other schemes which include management system components.
    • Relevant key food safety legislation (this may be specific to delegates’ food industry context and location).
    • Knowledge of prerequisite programmes as specified in ISO/TS 22002-1.
    • Good Practice guides for Agriculture (GAP), Veterinary (GVP), Manufacturing (GMP), Hygiene (GHP), Production (GPP), Distribution (GDP) and/or Trading (GTP) depending on the segment of the food chain in which the student operates.
    • The principles of HACCP as defined by the Codex Alimentarius Commission.
  • To understand the basics of how organisations work and the role of top management.

Your future development...

  • OH&S, EMS or QMS Auditor/Lead Auditor conversion courses
  • Tutored Audits (coached live audit at your company)
  • See our Business Improvement courses

Course duration 

5 days  

This course is certified by CQI and IRCA and meets the requirements of the CQI and IRCA ISO 22000:2005 Lead Auditor (FSMS) course criteria PR318
LRQA is a licensed FSSC 22000 Training Organization.  This training course has been approved by FSSC 22000.