Internal and Supplier Auditing for Food Handling Premises Course (FS26, FS27, FS28)

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Our internal and supplier auditing for food handling course is presented by facilitators with vast internal auditing experience within the Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical industries.

Internal and supplier auditing creates an opportunity for food-handling organisations to continuously verify and improve their Food Safety Management System. Many international standards require that an organisation conduct Internal audits to enable them to pass an external audit.


Internal and Supplier Auditing based on Food Safety Management Systems training Port Elizabeth South Africa

Introduction to Food Safety Audits

A food safety audit is a systematic, independent and documented activity in which objective evidence is gathered to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of the Food Safety Management System. Food Safety audits evaluate conformance to different requirements of the Standards, Regulations, Policies and procedures.

Different Types of Audits

Audits can be classified into 3 categories: third, second and first party audits.

Third Party Audits (External)

Third party audits are performed by a third-party organisation. Food Safety and Quality external auditors are used widely in the food industry for various reasons: to assess product quality and safety, obtain certifications to certain standards, assess the condition of premises and products, confirm legal compliance and more. Third party audits are mostly intended for Certification, for example BRC and FSSC 22000 Certification.

Second Party Audits (External)

Second Party audits are normally done by a primary organisation to assess the performance of its suppliers and subcontractors. Organisations conduct second party audits to evaluate their suppliers or contractors, to determine whether they comply with the primary organisation’s requirements. This is to ensure the primary organisation is supplied with ingredients or services that are in line with its own requirements or of the standard the organisation subscribes to.

First Party Audits (Internal)

Internal Audits are performed by internal staff, normally. Internal audits are important to verify efficiency and effectiveness of the organisation. External audits can be very expensive and to ensure you pass your external audits, you will need to perform an internal audit. An effective internal audit will identify non-conformances and ensure they are addressed before the external audit takes place. Internal audits also minimise Food Safety and Quality incidents, which consequently lead to a higher level of confidence in your product.

Introduction to the Course

Even if you have an internal auditing system in place, the question is, is it effective and are your internal auditors properly motivated and trained to perform this task?

This workshop will teach the delegate how to become an effective internal auditor, focusing on the current weaknesses within your organisation’s internal auditing programme. We help you find new alternative methods and more effective tools to improve you internal auditing systems.

Delegates will be provided with useful templates.

Course Duration

2.5 (two and a half) Days

Who Should Attend?

Your current internal auditing team. The delegate/s should already have a very good understanding of Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS).

This workshop is fast paced and a high level of literacy is required. It is equivalent to an NQF Level 4.

Course Benefits

  • This course satisfies internal auditor training requirements for 3rd party audits such as BRC, SQF, FSSC 22000, AIB, etc.
  • The delegate will learn how to become an effective internal auditor.
  • The delegate will learn to identify and resolve current problem areas within your internal auditing system.
  • Practical exposure with the use of case studies and group activities.
  • The course is presented by a facilitator with internal auditing experience within the Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical industries.
  • The delegate will receive a copy of the presentation.
  • The delegate will receive a copy of internal auditing templates they can use.
  • Course assessment to test the delegate’s knowledge.
  • The course can be tailored to meet your company’s specific needs.

Course Outline

  • Introduction to internal auditing
  • What you need to become an effective internal auditor
  • How to identify problem areas within the internal audit process
  • How to prepare and initiate an audit – the complete process
  • Audit trails
  • How to raise and categorise audit findings
  • The closing meeting and initial audit report
  • Corrective and preventative actions
  • Record retention


It is of the utmost importance that your internal auditing team is properly trained, effective and stay motivated.  A good internal auditor understands the importance of internal audits and have excellent knowledge of the company’s Food Safety Management system.

ASC Consultants are experts in internal auditing.  If you are interested in attending one of our Internal Auditing courses, please feel free to contact us.

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