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audit Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) against ISO 22000 requirements

FSMS Lead Auditor FSSC 22000 v5 based on ISO 22000:2018

CQI & IRCA certified training course number: 17355

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You need this course if...

• You want to audit Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) against ISO 22000, ISO/TS 22002-1, and the FSSC 22000 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

• 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/ FSSC 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 LR’s 1-day Introduction to Food
    Safety Management Systems based on ISO 22000:2018 and FSSC 22000 version 5 or 5.1
  •  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 22000 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 length

  • Pre-course work with e-learning: 8 – 24 hours.
  • 7 days (6 hours a day on days 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7; 8.5 hours on day 6 (could be also 6 hours on day 6 with a second trainer).
  •  Written exam within 180 days after the course.

This course is certified by CQI and IRCA and meets the requirements of the CQI and IRCA
ISO 22000:2018 Lead Auditor (FSMS) course criteria PR359
LR is a licensed FSSC 22000 Training Organization. This training course has been
approved by FSSC 22000.


This course can be delivered as an in-company event.

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