Food safety and quality audits are used widely in the food industry for various reasons (to evaluate management systems, obtain certifications to certain food safety and quality standards, assess the condition of premises and products, confirm legal compliance, and so on).
Nowadays, the increased interest of consumers on food safety and quality matters, triggered mainly by recent food scandals, has enabled the public and private food sectors to develop a variety of food safety and quality standards (e.g. SANS 10330; ISO 9001; ISO 22000; FSSC 22000).
Once an organization has developed its Food Safety and Quality Management System (FSMS), the management system must be deployed and implemented. The only manner to verify that all the requirements have been implemented and verified as planned, is by the development and implementation of a robust internal auditing program.
In order to determine that the FSMS is properly implemented, effective and updated, the auditors should also understand the criteria against which the FSMS systems is being audited against. This course aims to assist auditors in the process of becoming skilled and competent and covers the requirements of ISO 19011.