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Preparing for Food Safety and Quality Audits – A Practical Approach – University College Cork

4 March 2020 @ 9:00 am - 5 March 2020 @ 5:00 pm


Food safety and quality audits are a fact of life for all food business operators. Multiple audits are a frequent occurrence in a single production year, as companies need to demonstrate compliance with requirements from different customers, regulatory inspectors, and standards bodies.
Planning and preparing for a food safety audit takes time, resources and know-how. Several members of staff are often involved, especially if the food business is supplying to retailers, exporting, or preparing for certification to standards such as the BRC Global Standard in Food Safety, ISO 22000, or Bord Bia Quality Assurance Standards.

The aim of this two-day workshop is to help personnel to plan and prepare for food safety and quality audits and to engage effectively with auditors. A practical approach will be taken during the workshop, counting down from when the audit preparations start, right up to the day of the food safety audit, and afterwards to ensure close-out.
The workshop speakers will include a food business owner, a food safety manager, and third party food safety auditors who have a combined wealth of expertise in food safety management across different types of food production, as well as in food safety auditing, food production, and retail. The speakers are knowledgeable on the challenging requirements of different types of customers, regulations and standards. The workshop will increase confidence in facing important food safety audits and will help food companies to positively influence the outcome of the audit.

Who should attend?
Those in a food business operation who are responsible for preparing for food safety and quality audits and interacting with auditors. The workshop will be of interest to newcomers, as well as experienced personnel, in the following roles:
· Technical managers
· Food safety and quality managers
· Quality assurance personnel
· HACCP team members
· Production personnel involved in audit planning and preparation
· Product developers and R&D personnel
· Senior personnel who need to engage with experts in food safety management

The workshop will focus on:
· Requirements of food safety and quality audits
· Expectations of the external food safety auditor
· Audit preparation and priorities in the months before the audit
· Critical food safety documentation
· Critical food safety practices
· Internal audits and system reviews
· What to do in the weeks leading up to the audit
· What to do on the day of the audit
· How to follow up on the audit and manage the outcome

Lead Trainer: Dr. Catherine Halbert.  Invited speakers will include a food safety manager and third-party food safety auditors.

Digital Badge Award – Upon successful completion, you will be awarded a digital badge which can be used to support your CV and e-portfolio.

Course Fee – The cost of the course is €825 which includes tuition, course notes and templates, a digital badge, lunches, and refreshment breaks. This course will be part-funded for eligible applicants by Taste4Success Skillnet.

Registration – The workshop is limited to 20 people. Please complete the registration form here.


4 March 2020 @ 9:00 am
5 March 2020 @ 5:00 pm


University College Cork
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