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  1. Auditor Competency David Brackston Technical Director BRC Global Standards

  2. Agenda • What makes a good auditor • BRC Requirements for auditors • Developments in auditor competency • Auditors – the future.

  3. Auditors • Auditors are the public representatives for the Standard and for the certification body. • Decisions effect • the commercial future of a site • the safety of the public • brand protection • confidence in a Standard or certification body

  4. What makes a good auditor GFSI Working Group

  5. Auditing skills • Audit planning • Questioning techniques • Time keeping • Collecting and recording information • Sampling techniques • Analysis of audit findings • Audit report writing

  6. Behaviour and system thinking • Interpersonal behaviour • Interview technique • Managing conflict • Audit leadership • Systems Thinking • Critical thinking / problem solving • Root cause analysis • Ethics

  7. Technical Knowledge Knowledge of • The audit standard and its requirements • Food safety • The product sector and technology • HACCP • Legislation • Quality Management Systems

  8. BRC Requirements • Degree or higher education in Food or a Bio Science • Minimum 5 years Food industry experience • Lead Assessor trained • HACCP • BRC Standards Training (3 days)

  9. And then…… • Minimum of 10 audits experience – (5 of which must be supervised BRC audits) • Sign off audit with experienced senior auditor • Auditor profile and category knowledge provided to the BRC for vetting and approval to audit.

  10. And once qualified… • Witnessed audits from senior auditor within the Certification Body • All audit reports reviewed • Maintain knowledge on legislation , product and technological developments • Re-training and examination with each change of the Standard

  11. BRC Next steps in developing auditor competence • Sector specific auditor competence • Specific technical knowledge • Identification of tools to improve knowledge • Tools for assessing knowledge • Development of programmes for continuos Professional Development (CPD)

  12. GFSI – Focus • Working group in place for 2 years reviewing auditor competence. • Developed a core set of skills and knowledge • Proposals being examined to formally assess auditor skills for qualification

  13. The future for auditors? • There remains a shortage of good highly qualified auditors • We need a greater recognition for auditors • Recognised training path into auditing • Professional status • Financial rewards • Work life balance • Career progression

  14. Questions?