Workshop Description

Principles of Internal Auditing, Supplier Auditing & Management Program, Two Day Workshop, Thursday, June 14 (8:30 am – 4:00 pm) & Friday, June 15 (8:30 am – 3:00 pm) 

This two-day workshop educates attendees on the performance of internal audits, supplier audits and the principles of Purchasing and Supplier Management best practices.

Day one focuses on reviewing fundamentals and basic steps critical for internal auditors. This includes forming and asking questions, opening and closing meetings, writing non-conformances, preparing reports and an introduction to process auditing. Auditing concepts are applicable to numerous internal and external auditing approaches, including those compliant with HACCP, GFSI approved schemes (i.e. FSSC, IFS, BRC, SQF, etc.), ISO standards, and specific company second party (i.e. suppliers, corporate programs, etc.) standards and protocols. Class content and specifics are adapted based on the needs of our workshop attendees, as well as, case studies discussed are focused on their particular industries. The standard currently used by the company or the future standard to be implemented is also discussed during this workshop.

Day two will focus on supplier auditing and management program. With the advent of several different FSMA compliance dates, many companies now need to audit their suppliers. The need for supplier audits may arise because the suppliers are not voluntarily audited to GFSI-approved food safety management schemes (or CPOs), or because the supplier is responsible for controlling a SAHCODHA* hazard. The supplier approval requirements of the Preventive Controls regulation (21 CFR 117 Subpart G) require an annual on-site audit if SAHCODHA hazard(s) are being managed by the supplier; the challenge is to effectively perform this function without paying a prohibitive cost to use a “qualified auditor”. Upon completion of this workshop, participants will receive a certificate that states they have attended training in the principles of performing supplier audits, with a focus on preparation for FSMA Preventive Controls audits (21 CFR 117 and 507). This is training in the auditing function, which is one way to become a “qualified auditor” under FSMA.

The first step in performing an audit is to determine the standard to which the auditee’s compliance will be evaluated. This workshop will begin with a discussion on how to determine which food safety regulations and requirements apply to the supplier, and then some tips for communication so the supplier does not feel they are being unfairly evaluated. We continue with a discussion of process auditing, so the auditees feel comfortable auditing any type of process. We conclude with an example audit with the topic chosen by the teacher to best apply the skills needed by the attendees of that workshop. No two workshops are ever the same, as they are always adjusted based on the attendee list and the needs communicated to the teacher at the beginning of the day.

Who Will Benefit
Quality Assurance, Regulatory, and Purchasing personnel who must evaluate suppliers for approval as part of their normal job duties, Management and Supervisors of companies who supply manufacturers/processors subject to the new FSMA regulations (so they understand what to expect during a supplier audit), and any persons involved in evaluating FSMA compliance or performing internal audits will all benefit from this course.

What You Will Learn

  • An overview of basic auditing techniques
  • How to develop and maintain an effective internal audit program for your organization
  • An introduction to and greater understanding of basic process auditing techniques
  • Common noncompliances identified during an audit
  • Identifying and documenting nonconformances during an audit
  • Case Studies and group discussions on various applications and best practices
  • Auditing protocol based on external standards (GFSI approved schemes, ISO Standards, second party audits, etc.)


  • How to determine which food safety standards apply to the supplier
  • How to communicate effectively before, during, and after the audit
  • What to say and do during the audit, as well as tips and tricks for a successful audit experience
  • Concepts of auditing that can be applied to any process
  • How auditing differs from compliance management activities
  • What to look for to identify and how to address potential findings during the audit

This workshop is a must for any person expected to perform internal audits and/or supplier audits, whether that audit is for GMPs (Good Manufacturing Practices), Preventive Controls for Human or Animal Food, or another standard. All FDA regulations require that audits be performed by qualified auditors. Take this course and learn the skills needed to be a qualified auditor under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

Thursday, June 14 - Erika Miller, Director of Compliance Training and Education, D.L. Newslow & Associates
Friday, June 15 – Yoseline Torres, QA & Food Safety SME, Savour Food Safety International, Inc

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