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Food Safety Management System (FSMS) Auditor/ Lead Auditor Training Course



This 5-day full-time classroom-based FSMS Auditor/Lead Auditor Training Course equips participants with the knowledge and skills required to perform audits of Food Safety Management Systems against ISO 22000, in accordance with ISO 19011.

The course is highly interactive in nature with emphasis on active involvement of participants in group-work, brainstorming sessions, quizzes, reflection exercises and participants teaching each other, which will help participants in assimilating and consolidating their understanding of auditing the FSMS based on ISO 22000 standards effectively. Participants will be evaluated through a series of continuous assessments during the course, followed by a written exam to test their achievement of the learning objectives.


The principal aim of this course is to help participants assess the adequacy of the design, implementation and improvement of Food Safety Management System against ISO 22000:2005 in accordance with ISO 19011.

At the end of the course, the participants will be able to:

• Describe the fundamental purpose of a food safety management system as well as the principles, processes and techniques used for the assessment and management of food safety hazards, including the significance of these for FSMS auditors.

• Explain the purpose, content and interrelationship of the management system standards; ISO 22000:2005, the ISO 9000:2000 series; guidance documents (ISO 15161:2002); industry practice; standard operating procedures; and the legislative framework relevant to a FSMS.

• Explain the role of an auditor to plan, conduct, report and follow up a food safety management systems audit in accordance with 19011.
• Interpret the requirements of ISO 22000:2005 in the context of an audit an organization’s FSMS, with particular reference to:

- The effectiveness of the organization’s management of risk through its food safety risk assessment and control planning.
- The capability of an organization to maintain and exceed compliance with legislative requirements.
- The adequacy of the organization’s emergency preparedness and response.
- The implementation of operational risk control, monitoring and measurement.
- The continuous improvement of food safety management system performance.
• Plan, conduct, report and follow up a food safety management system audit in accordance with ISO 19011.


This course is intended for experienced food safety professionals seeking an understanding of the management systems approach to food safety and the skills required to audit effectively against food safety management systems standards.


The course will cover the topics such as:

• Purpose and business benefits of a food safety management system and the process based approach to the FSMS that involves establishing, implementing and operating, monitoring and reviewing and improving FSMS, including the significance of this for FSMS auditors, management responsibility towards the FSMS, internal FSMS audits, management review of FSMS and FSMS improvement and the understanding of control objectives and controls.

• FSMS Scope identification and food safety policy formulation, Hazard Identification and Risk Management by adopting the appropriate food safety policy and procedural controls will also be covered.

• Description, role and function of various Accreditation and Certification bodies, the role in the approval of training courses and certification of auditors including an outline of the FSMS auditor certification requirements and the Auditor’s role in accordance with ISO 19011.

• The FSMS audit process, principles, and methodology and best practices in planning, conducting, reporting and following up an audit.

• Local requirements, culture, practices or approaches to auditing and the application of ISO 22000:2005, and food safety requirements/ legislation appropriate for each country in which the course is presented.


• The participants will be able to interpret the requirements of ISO 22000 in the context of an FSMS audit.
• Participants will be able to check and confirm the FSMS audit objectives and carry out Information risk assessment based on information security threats to assets, inherent vulnerabilities and corresponding impact on an organization.
• Participants will apply the ISO 22000 standard clauses appropriately in an audit situation. They will learn about the various accreditation and certification bodies, its requirements for FSMS Auditor Certification.
• Participants will also be able to undertake the role of an auditor to plan, conduct, report and follow up a FSMS audit in accordance with ISO 19011.

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