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ISO/FSSC 22000 Internal Auditor

Learn to perform internal food safety management systems audits

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The aim of this course is to provide delegates with the knowledge and skills required to perform first-party audits of Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) against a company’s FSMS requirements based on ISO/FSSC 22000. During the course, delegates will learn how to audit a Food Safety Management System.

What will you learn?

  • the basic principles of the internal auditing process
  • the contribution audits make to the effectiveness and improvement of an FSMS
  • the roles and responsibilities of an internal auditor
  • to prepare for audit and generate relevant questions
  • to gather objective evidence through interviewing and reviewing documentation
  • how to relate your audit findings to applicable requirements
  • to report your findings accurately

What do you need to prepare?

Before starting this course, learners are encouraged to take an introductory course to Food Safety Management Systems and ISO/FSSC 22000. For a successful completion, we recommend the following previous knowledge:

  • knowledge of ISO/FSSC 22000 (ideally gained from attending LRQA’s 1-day Introduction to FSMS based in ISO 22000:2018 and FSSC 22000 v5 or a later version)
  • experience of working in the food supply chain
  • basic understanding of prerequisite programs and HACCP
  • to understand the basics of how organisations manage food safety

Course content

Personal course preparation activities

  • Pre-coursework: 2 eLearning modules with quizzes and reference materials.

Group course program items

  • Auditing basics
  • FSMS and risk-based auditing
  • Audit cycle, programme and plan
  • Auditor skills and behaviour
  • LRQA 6-stage interview model
  • Generating questions
  • Interview preparation
  • Live interviews
  • Audit reporting including NC reporting
  • Correction and corrective action
  • Actual reporting and report presentation
  • Empowerment

An exam is not applicable.

Course certification

Learners who actively participate during the entire program will be issued with a Certificate of Completion.

Course length

Pre-course work with eLearning: 3 – 6 hours.

We have two modalities available for this course:

  • Classroom training: two days – 9.00 to 17.00 hours
  • Virtual Instructor-Led Training (VILT): two days – 9.00 to 15.30 hours

Note: Participants of the classroom sessions will have less preparations and have more possibilities to practice during the course.


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