Internal and Supplier Auditing based on Food Safety Management Systems Course (FS26, FS27, FS28)

Facilitators present our internal and supplier auditing based on Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) course with vast internal auditing experience within the Food, Beverage and Pharmaceutical industries.

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

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 course 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 your internal auditing systems.

Delegates will be provided with useful templates.


Training Calendar Search Tip

Type the following codes for the relevant Food Safety Management Systems in the Training Calendar search box to find all relevant upcoming training dates.

FS26 (for GlobalG.A.P.)

FS27 (BRC)

FS28 (FSSC22000)


Industry experts present our cost-effective food safety courses. It is fun, engaging and interactive with practical examples and activities.  Delegates write an assessment at the end of the course and will receive a handout and certificate of attendance.

We are based in Port Elizabeth and service the following provinces in South Africa:

  • Eastern Cape
  • Western Cape
  • Gauteng
  • KwaZulu-Natal (KZN)

Course Level

Expert Food Safety course

Presentation Methods and Course Duration Options

  • Classroom training – 2.5 days
  • Virtual training (real-time via Skype, Zoom or Google Meet) – 2.5 days

Minimum Requirements

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

An excellent understanding of Food Safety Management Systems is required. We recommend first attending one of the following courses:

Who Should Attend?

  • New internal auditors
  • New supplier auditors
  • Those preparing to be on the internal auditing team

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
  • Assessment


Excellent complementary courses to also consider:

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)

A third-party organisation performs third-party audits. 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 specific 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 typically 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 requirements or of the standard the organisation subscribes to.

First-party Audits (Internal)

Internal Audits are typically performed by internal staff. Internal audits are essential to verify the efficiency and effectiveness of the organisation. External audits can be costly 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.

7 Deadly Internal Audit Sins Video

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