FSMS ISO 22000:2018 Lead Auditor (Food Safety Management Systems) Training Course


ISO has a number of International Standards aimed at ensuring food safety throughout the supply chain. The ISO 22000 family addresses food safety management by providing guidelines and best practices for managing risks in all areas of food production.

The successful completion of the Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) Auditor / Lead Auditor Training Course, is a pre-requisite and essential to becoming an FSMS Lead Auditor.  

To participate in this training course, the following prior knowledge was expected: 

a) Management systems 

  • The Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) cycle
  • The core elements of a management system and the interrelationship between top management responsibility, policy, objectives, planning, implementation, measurement, review and continual improvement.

b) Food safety management 

  • Knowledge of the principles of food safety management including prerequisite programmes as specified in ISO/TS 22002 (All parts) and HACCP
  • The relationship between food safety management and the provision of safe food products to prevent or minimize adverse effects on human health and the proactive improvement of food safety performance.
  • Awareness of common examples of relevant national and local FSMS legislation and requirements

c) ISO 22000 

  • Knowledge of the requirements of ISO 22000 and the commonly used food safety management terms and definitions, as given in ISO 22000, which may be gained by completing a CQI and IRCA Certified ISO 22000 Foundation (FSMS) Training Course or acceptable equivalent.

Note. You are advised that course examination questions can relate to any requirement of ISO 22000 and the expected prior knowledge. For delegates who do not have these, we recommend attending our foundation training course. 

Who should attend?

This is intended for those who will be involved in leading audits of an FSMS that conforms to the latest ISO 22000 any organization.

Suggested job functions and their teams include:

  • People involved in the food supply chain 
  • Corporate governance managers
  • Risk and compliance managers
  • Management system representative 
  • Consultant and management system professional
  • Legal and compliance 

Learning objectives

  • Learn how to explain the purpose and business benefits of an FSMS, of FSMS standards, of management system audit and of third-party certification
  • Learn how to explain the role of an auditor to plan, conduct, report, and follow-up an FSMS audit in accordance with ISO 19011 (and ISO 22003, ISO 17021-1) where appropriate
  • Learn how to plan, conduct, report and follow-up an audit of an FSMS to establish conformity (or otherwise) with ISO 22000 in accordance with ISO 19011 (and ISO 22003, ISO 17021-1 where appropriate)

Course benefits

  • Your organization will have an internal resource and process to be able to conduct its own FSMS audit to assess and improve conformance with ISO 22000.
  • You will gain a professional qualification that certifies that you have the knowledge and skills to be able to lead a team to conduct an audit of an FSMS in any organization
  • Successful auditing will improve the protection of any food supply chain’s safety management processes to meet market assurance and corporate governance needs
  • Understand how to identify gaps in an FSMS system
  • Accurately audit will be able to provide continuous improvement to a management system
  • Meet training requirements for auditor certification 

Course outline

Day 1, Food safety management systems knowledge (ISO 22000)

  • Terms and definitions 
  • Management system structure (MSS) and process approach (PDCA)
  • Understanding of organization, interested parties, and their requirements 
  • Management system scoping 
  • Top management leadership, management system policy and objectives 
  • Support the management system
  • Risk and opportunities management 
  • Management system operation and Prerequisite programmes (PRPs)

Day 2, Management system improvement and audit 

  • Management system performance evaluation and improvement processes
    • Performance evaluation
    • Internal audits
    • Management review 
  • Auditor's role, responsibility, and competence
  • Different types of audit and certification process
    • Purposes
    • 1st-party, 2nd-party, 3rd-party audit 
  • Documented management system (standard requirements and from the organization) 

Day 3, Guidelines for auditing management systems (ISO 19011) - Audit simulate the process of planning, preparation for an audit

  • Roles and responsibilities in an audit 
  • Management system performance review and continual improvement requirements 
  • Different types of audit
  • Audit programme and purpose
  • Planning an audit (initiate the audit, feasibility analysis)
  • Conduct a Stage 1 audit (document review)
  • Preparation for Stage 2 (on-site) audit - audit plan
  • Preparation of audit work documents includes checklist and audit trails 

Day 4, Guidelines for auditing management systems (ISO 19011) - Audit simulate the opening meeting, on-site audit activities, and role-play

  • Opening meeting
  • Roleplay for audit scenarios 
  • Practice audit skills of collecting audit evidence
  • Prepare audit findings and results, includes conformance, non-conformity (NC), and opportunity for improvement (OFI) 
  • Prepare audit report 

Day 5, Guidelines for auditing management systems (ISO 19011) - Audit simulate the closing of on-site audit - close meeting and follow-up

  • Audit conclusion 
  • Closing meeting 
  • Audit follow-up
  • Evaluating correction, the corrective action including root cause analysis and audit finding closure
  • Management system certification 
  • Course summary and examination 

What's included?

Organizational information

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Last modified: Wednesday, 16 November 2022, 5:40 AM