ISO 19011 is the international standard on Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems. The principles and practices of auditing are outlined and are applicable to any management system, namely food safety, quality, transport safety, occupational health and safety or environmental management systems. The concept of the PLAN- DO-CHECK-ACT cycle is a cornerstone of any internal auditing programme.
The importance of internal auditing as a verification activity in international standards is gaining momentum. So too is the need for auditor impartiality and auditor competence. This course is there to address these needs. Well trained auditors will give greater credibility to any internal audit programme. Auditors need to be chosen by the company from different disciplines similar to those who participate in the food safety team or risk management team.
A unique one day course is offered, starting with the terms and definitions used for auditing. It then features how to set up an audit schedule, plan specific audit activities and then conduct and report back on the audits. The attributes required for good auditors as well as audit principles are highlighted. Delegates learn how to write non conformances correctly for greater benefit of the company programme of continual improvement. The examples and exercises are based on requirements of food safety management systems with particular reference to ISO 22000.
An alternative to the one day course is a 2 day option. Delegates need some prior food safety training in PRP and /or HACCP to benefit from this course. An additional module on sector specific knowledge looks at what aspects of ISO 22000 really need to be audited when compared to traditional HACCP. The distinctive requirements of ISO 22000 such as measurable food safety objectives, defined acceptable levels of each hazard, operational PRP’s and the increased emphasis on Management Responsibility are studied.