BRCGS Food Issue 9 – Lead Auditor
BRCGS Food Issue 9 – Lead Auditor
This five-day in-depth course will provide an understanding of the Standard in terms of the protocol, requirements and how to audit effectively. Delegates will gain an in-depth guide to the requirements of the Standard, and learn how to undertake a BRCGS Global Standards audit, including effective planning, conducting and reporting of the audit. Auditing techniques will be practiced and developed, to include the auditor competency skills required of Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) scheme auditors.
Successful completion of this course, including the exam, forms part of the training necessary to become a BRCGS Global Standards auditor. The steps necessary to complete your training must be arranged with a BRCGS Global Standards-approved certification body.
- Introduction to BRCGS Standard, Audit Format and Certification Process
- BRCGS Code Requirements Sections 1-9 and their Practical Application in the Food Industry
- BRCGS Auditor Protocol and Proficiencies including Verbal, Non-verbal, and Written Communications, as well as, Problem Solving and Ethics
- BRCGS Standard Management of Certification Bodies, BRCGS directory, and GFSI relationship
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- Course Details
- Understand the background and benefits of the BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety.
- Understand the relationship with other Standards: ISO and the GFSI-benchmarked Standards.
- Know the fundamental clauses and statements of intent.
- Understand BRCGS Global Standards audit methodology, the enrollment program and the unannounced audit schemes.
- Know how to close an audit and deal with corrective actions.
- Know how reports are uploaded onto the BRCGS Global Standards Directory and how certificates are issued.
- Understand the benefits of a BRCGS Global Standards Directory listing.
- Understand how certification bodies are monitored for compliance by BRCGS Global Standards.
Who Should Attend:
- Certification body auditors or new auditors seeking registration;
- Technical and quality managers who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of the audit process;
Prerequisites: Delegates must have a prior working knowledge of quality management systems and auditing within the relevant manufacturing sector, and also have completed a hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP) course of at least two days’ duration. Delegates should have read and reviewed a copy of the BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 9 prior to attending the course.
Q - What is GFSI, or GFSI audits?
A - The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is an industry-driven initiative providing thought leadership and guidance on food safety management systems necessary for safety along the supply chain. Their work is accomplished through collaboration between leading food safety experts from retail, manufacturing and food service companies, as well as international organizations, governments, academia and service providers to the global food industry. They meet together at technical working group and stakeholder meetings, conferences and regional events to share knowledge and promote a harmonized approach to managing food safety across the industry.
The mission of GFSI is to provide continuous improvement in food safety management systems to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food to consumers worldwide.
What GFSI does:
- Specify for the recognition of food safety management schemes (SQF, BRCGS, FSSC22000, etc.) to defined requirements in its Guidance Document.
- Drives global change through multi-stakeholder projects on strategic issues (eg. auditor competence, regulatory affairs, food safety for small suppliers).
- SCS Global Services offers training courses in GFSI schemes (SQF, BRCGS, Global GAP, Primus) as well as auditing services to verify compliance with the requirements of the individual schemes. A third party audit by an accredited Certification Body such as SCS is necessary to become certified to a GFSI scheme. GFSI is not affiliated with any regulatory agency.
Q - How do various GFSI audits compare to the FSMA regulations?
A - FSMA PREVENTIVE CONTROLS PREPAREDNESS MODULE AND GUIDANCE FOR BRCGS-CERTIFIED FACILITIES
Q - How do I become an Auditor?
A - Each GFSI Scheme (SQF, BRCGS, FSSC22000, PrimusGFS, GLOBALG.A.P.) has requirements. Some SCS courses fulfill these, but some are only offered by the individual program. Most offering the training needed to become an Auditor. SCS offers some training for PrimusGFS Auditor, BRCGS Lead Auditor Training. Most schemes want auditors to have the basic trainings like Preventive Controls for Human Food (PCQI), HACCP, and the relevant basic scheme courses. More info here.