to enable the Auditor to act fairly, ethically, with due professional care and
independence, and using an evidence based approach.
Knowledge and Skills
(a) Generic Knowledge and Skills for Auditors
Ability to apply audit principles, procedures and techniques to different
audits, ensuring that each audit is conducted in a consistent and systematic
Ability to understand the scope of the audit and apply audit criteria as
required by the Standard.
Organisational skills to allow comprehension of the auditee organisation and
Understanding of applicable laws, regulations and industry guidelines applicable
to auditee organisation.
(b) Generic Knowledge and Skills for Lead Auditors
All competencies listed under (a) above.
Knowledge and skills in audit leadership to facilitate the efficient and
effective conduct of the audit.
Education, work experience, auditor training and audit experience
Education and training should have been sufficient to gain the knowledge and
skills listed above.
Specific Sector Experience
For quality and food safety audits, the Auditor must have relevant experience of
best practice quality and food safety requirements in the food industry. This
will include detailed knowledge of the audit criteria/Standard to be used.
The IFST register will evaluate documentary evidence provided by candidates
demonstrating that they meet the above auditor knowledge, skills, education and
training, and sector experience requirements. The IFST register will not assess
performance of Auditors in the field. This will be the responsibility of audit
scheme owners, e.g. SALSA, BRC, and/or accreditation/certification bodies.
Specific Education, Training and Experience requirements for Auditors are listed
below. Auditors will be registered for fields of operation appropriate to their education, training and experience. Auditors will be able
to apply for an extension to their field of operation scope on provision of
All Registered Auditors will be required to implement continuing professional
development (CPD) plans and submit CPD records for assessment annually - see ongoing registration.
Specific Education, Training and Experience Requirements
|The following minimum standards of education, training and experience must be
met by all Auditors:
- Degree or equivalent in food science/technology or an appropriate related
scientific or technological discipline (e.g. Food science and technology; or
of which a major element is food, plus another subject: e.g. nutrition, product
development, chemistry, microbiology, marketing, management, consumer studies,
biotechnology; or science, technology and engineering subjects: e.g. nutrition,
chemistry, biochemistry, physics, mathematics, biology, engineering, statistics,
agriculture, environmental sciences, plus modular degrees which combine these
subjects). Candidates without a degree equivalent but with substantial industry
experience (>15 years) will be considered on an exceptional basis.
- Successful completion of a Lead Auditor (or equivalent) course and examination
- Ability to demonstrate knowledge and experience in the understanding and
application of HACCP Principles (Codex 2003). This will generally be met by
on a HACCP Training course which meets, as a minimum, the UK HACCP Training
Standard, Introductory Level (RIPH) and successful completion of an examination.
However relevant experience of applying and/or teaching HACCP may be considered
an exceptional basis.
- Possession of a minimum of 5 years post-graduate experience related to the food
industry, involving work in QA or technical functions within manufacture,
retailing, agriculture, assessment or enforcement.
- Ability to demonstrate appropriate training and experience for the fields of
operation in which they are applying to be registered.