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British Retail Consortium – Global Standard for Food Safety Lead Auditor Training

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Seminar Content

This five day course is intended for lead auditors for any organization in the food chain. Explanation of BRC and audit systems, the auditing process and audit instruments; documentation process, conduct an audit, write the audit report, and take corrective action; auditing case studies to develop skills for identifying nonconformities.

Who Should Attend

This seminar is designed for Food Quality Assurance Managers, Food Safety Implementation Team Members, Management Representatives, and Internal Auditors and others who would like to develop judgment and decision-making in BRC and learn the auditing process for first, second, and third party auditors.

Recommended Training and/or Experience

A general understanding of BRC is recommended.

Seminar Materials

Each participant will receive a seminar manual.

Seminar Goals

  • Explain the background and goals of BRC.
  • Provide an understanding of BRC requirements.
  • Provide Best-in-Class quality management system concepts and approaches.
  • Understand the application of the principles, procedures and techniques of auditing.
  • Understand the conduct of an effective audit in the context of the auditee’s organizational situation.
  • Understand the application of the regulations, and other considerations that are relevant to the management system, and the conduct of the audit.
  • Practice personal attributes necessary for the effective and efficient conduct of a management system audit.
  • Establish, plan and task the activities of an audit team.
  • Communicate effectively with the auditee and audit client.
  • Organize and direct audit team members.
  • Prevent and resolve conflict with the auditee and/or within the audit team.
  • Prepare and complete the audit report.

Seminar Outline

Day One

  • Documentation Structure of BRC
  • Requirements of BRC
  • Create and Assign Food Safety Manual
  • Process/Procedure Owners
  • Team Members and Work Flow

Day Two

  • About the BRC Standard
    • Section 1 – Senior Management Commitment and Continuous Improvement
    • Section 2 – The Food Safety Plan: HACCP
    • Section 3 – Food Safety and Quality Manual
    • Section 4 – Site Standards
    • Section 5 – Product Control
    • Section 6 – Process Control
    • Section 7 – Personnel
  • Management of Audit Programs
  • Audit Planning and Preparation
    • Breakout Exercise: Scope and Objectives
    • Breakout Exercise: Audit Plan

Day Three

  • Performing the Audit
    • Breakout Exercise: Opening Meeting
    • Breakout Exercise: Conducting the Audit
  • Writing Nonconformity Statements
    • Breakout Exercise: Writing Nonconformities
  • Closing Meeting
    • Breakout Exercise: Summary Statement and Closing Meeting
  • Completing the Audit Report
  • Corrective Action and Closeout
    • Breakout Exercise: Verification and Closeout

Day Four

  • Review of Audit Process and Audit Management Strategies
    • Case Study Mock Audit

Day Five

  • Practical Application of Audit Principles and Instructor Interviews


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