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Mastering the Audit of a Food Safety Management System (FSMS) based on ISO 22000


This five-day intensive course enables participants to develop the necessary expertise to audit a Food Safety Management System (FSMS) and to manage a team of auditors by applying widely recognized audit principles, procedures and techniques. During this training, the participant will acquire the necessary knowledge and skills to proficiently plan and perform internal and external audits in compliance with ISO 19011 the certification process according to ISO 17021. Based on practical exercises, the participant will develop the skills (mastering audit techniques) and competencies (managing audit teams and audit program, communicating with customers, conflict resolution, etc.) necessary to efficiently conduct an audit .

Who should attend?

  • Internal auditors
  • Auditors wanting to perform and lead Food Safety Management System (FSMS) ¬†certification audits
  • Project managers or consultants wanting to master the Food Safety Management System audit process
  • Persons responsible for the Food safety conformity in an organization
  • Members of a food safety team
  • Expert advisors in food safety
  • Experts wanting to prepare for a Food safety audit function

Learning objectives

  • To Acquire the expertise to perform an ISO 22000 internal audit following ISO 19011 guidelines
  • To Acquire the expertise to perform an ISO 22000 certification audit following ISO 19011 guidelines and ISO 17021 specifications
  • To Acquire the necessary expertise to manage a FSMS audit team
  • To Understand the operation of a complying ISO 22000 conformant Food Safety Management System
  • To Understand the relationship between a Food Safety Management System, including controls and compliance with the requirements of different organization’s stakeholders
  • To Improve the ability to analyze the internal and external environment of an organization, risk assessment and audit decision-making in the context of a FSMS

Course Agenda

Day 1: Introduction to Food Safety Management System (FSMS) concepts as required by ISO 22000

  • Normative, regulatory and legal framework related to food safety
  • Fundamental principles of food safety
  • ISO 22000 certification process
  • Food Safety Management System (FSMS)
  • Detailed presentation of the clauses 4 to 8 of ISO22000

Day 2: Planning and Initiating an ISO 22000 audit

  • Fundamental audit concepts and principles
  • Audit approach based on evidence and on risk
  • Preparation of an ISO 22000 certification audit
  • FSMS documentation audit
  • Conducting an opening meeting

Day 3: Conducting an ISO 22000 audit

  • Communication during the audit
  • Audit procedures: observation, document review, interview, sampling techniques, technical verification, corroboration and evaluation
  • Audit test plans
  • Formulation of audit findings
  • Documenting nonconformities

Day 4: Concluding and ensuring the follow-up of an ISO 22000 audit

  • Audit documentation
  • Quality review
  • Conducting a closing meeting and conclusion of an ISO 22000 audit
  • Evaluation of corrective action plans
  • ISO 22000 surveillance audit
  • ISO 22000 internal audit management program

Day 5: Certification Exam


ISO 22000 Foundation Certification or a basic knowledge of ISO 22000 and/or ISO 9001 & HACCP is recommended

Educational approach

  • This training is based on both theory and practice:
    • Sessions of lectures illustrated with examples based on real cases
    • Practical exercises based on a full case study including role playings and oral presentations
    • Review exercises to assist the exam preparation
    • Practice test similar to the certification exam
  • To benefit from the practical exercises, the number of training participants is limited

Examination and Certification

  • The “Certified ISO 22000 Lead Auditor” exam fully meets the requirements of the PECB Examination and Certification Programme (ECP). The exam covers the following competence domains:
    • Domain 1: Fundamental principles and concepts of food safety
    • Domain 2: Food Safety Management System (FSMS)
    • Domain 3: Fundamental Audit Concepts and Principles
    • Domain 4: Preparation of an ISO 22000 audit
    • Domain 5: Conducting of an ISO 22000 audit
    • Domain 6: Closing an ISO 22000 audit
    • Domain 7: Managing an ISO 22000 audit program
  • The “Certified ISO 22000 Lead Auditor” exam is available in different languages (the complete list of languages can be found in the examination application form)
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • For more information about the exam, refer to PECB section on ISO 22000 Lead Auditor Exam
  • After successfully completing the exam, participants can apply for the credentials of Certified ISO 22000 Provisional Auditor, Certified ISO 22000 Auditor or Certified ISO 22000 Lead Auditor depending on their level of experience.¬† Those credentials are available for internal and external auditors
  • A certificate will be issued to participants who successfully pass the exam and comply with all the other requirements related to the selected credential.
  • For more information about ISO 22000 certifications and PECB certification process, refer to PECB section on ISO 22000 Lead Auditor

General Information

Certification fees are included in the exam price
A student manual containing over 450 pages of information and practical examples will be distributed to participants
A participation certificate of 31 CPD (Continuing Professional Development) credits will be issued to participants In a case of failure of the exam,participants are allowed to retake the exam for free under certain conditions


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