Continuous improvement

Managing the internal audit programme

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This training is designed for:
Staff who are responsible for managing the internal audit programme.

On completion of this course, you’ll be able to develop, implement, manage, and monitor the internal audit programme.

You’ll learn what the standards expect and how to apply the requirements so that your system is compliant.

System audits and GMP inspections must be based on risk, this course teaches you how to complete the risk assessment by providing you with a method to use.

The course explains the key principles for training of internal auditors and GMP inspectors, so that you can build a competent team.

We are often asked if we know of a better way of conducting internal audits, as businesses feel that their system doesn’t seem to be working or adding any value. Which is a huge, wasted opportunity.

If a business looks after its internal audit programme and gives it the status that it deserves, it will literally look after everything else. An effective internal audit programme will reduce wastage, complaints and improve external audit scores – by finding non-conformances and fixing them before they cause a problem.

This course will teach you how to build an internal audit programme that covers the requirements of your certification and customer standards and provides a risk assessment method which you can use to monitor its performance. Couple this, with a well-managed schedule and auditors and inspectors who are properly trained, and your system will identify non-conformances before external auditors do.

Having an effective internal audit programme will improve external audits and reduce the number of complains your team must deal with. Reducing stress, workload – allowing you and your team to get on with the day job and focus on improvement.

This training has been designed to meet the following sections of the standards:

Food Safety
Issue 8
Issue 6
Agents & Brokers
Issue 3
Storage & Distribution
Issue 4
3.2.1 Records

3.4.1 Internal audit programme

3.4.2 Training and independence

3.4.4 Documented inspections

7.2.1 Personal hygiene

3.5.1 Internal audit frequency

3.5.2 Scheduling

3.5.3 Competency

3.5.5 Hygiene and fabrication-based inspections

6.2.5 Personal hygiene checks

3.5.1 Internal audit programme

3.5.2 Training and independence

3.2.1, 11.1.3 Internal audit programme

3.2.2 Training and independence

3.2.5 Documented inspections

3.3.2 Records

4.4.10 XD Fabrication audits

8.2.2 Personal hygiene checks


FSSC 22000
Version 5.1
IFS Food
Version 7
SQF Food Manufacturing Edition 9
ISO 22000 8.8.1 Verification

2.5.12 Site inspections

5.2.1 Internal audit programme

5.2.2 Frequency

5.2.3 Competency and independence

5.2.1 Site and factory inspections Internal audits Competency and independence GMP inspections

About the training

This mini training will teach you everything you need to know to become a whizz when it comes to managing the internal audit programme.

The course includes exercises and takes approx. XX minutes without breaks.

On completion of the training there’s a test which is made up of 25 multiple-choice questions. 70% is required to pass each unit and a certificate will be awarded on successful completion of the course. The test is open book and retakes are free of charge.

On completion of this course, it’s recommended that you progress onto completing the mini training in managing the corrective and preventive action system, so that you can ensure that the non-conformances that are identified are effectively closed out.

Internal audit risk assessment

Internal audit risk assessment

When carrying out the risk assessment to determine the frequency of your system audits, you shouldn’t take into consideration non-conformances that have been identified during system audits or GMP inspections, as these prove that the system is working – as you’re identifying the issues and resolving them before a problem occurs.  Instead, you need a scoring system which identifies failures in the system. This course will explain how to identify and measure such failures.

Structuring your internal audits

Structuring your internal audits

If you have customer requirements in the form of a customer standard or codes of practice, as well as certification standards to meet – the first decision you must make is whether:

  • You’re going to create one combined standard,
  • or if you’re going to keep them separate and so, audit them separately.

This course covers the advantages and disadvantages of both options, plus software solutions – so that you can choose the right option for your business.


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