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FSSC 22000 Version 6 Lead Auditor (FSMS)

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40 hours (indicative)


This course provides learners with the knowledge and skills required to perform first, second and third-party audits of food safety management systems against the FSSC 22000 scheme, in accordance with ISO 19011, ISO 22003-1 and ISO 17021-1, as applicable. The scheme includes ISO 22000, sector-specific requirements (ISO/TS 22002-x series) and FSSC 22000 additional requirements.

Reference to existing CQI units/courses:

  • ISO 22000:2018 Foundation FSMS (FD128).

Who is it for?

This course is for those intending to acquire the competence to audit an organisation's entire FSMS to meet the requirements of ISO 22000 and the FSSC 22000 scheme, either as a third or second-party auditor.

Successful completion of this CQI and IRCA Certified FSSC 22000 Lead Auditor (FSMS) Training (within the five years prior to making an application to become a certificated auditor) will satisfy the training requirement for certification as an IRCA Certificated FSMS auditor.

Learning outcomes


Explain the purpose of a food safety management system, of food safety management systems standards and the business benefits of the improved performance of the food safety management system including its relationship with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of organisations.

Explain the role of an auditor to plan, conduct, report and follow up a food safety management system audit within an audit programme in accordance with FSSC 22000, ISO 22003-1, ISO 17021- 1, and the guidelines in ISO 19011.


Plan, conduct, report and follow up an audit of a food safety and quality control management system to establish conformity (or otherwise) with FSSC 22000 and in accordance with ISO 22003-1, ISO 17021-1, and the guidelines in ISO 19011

Recommend prior knowledge:

FSSC 22000

  • Knowledge of the requirements of FSSC 22000 and Annexes (all parts) and the commonly used food safety management terms and definitions, as given in ISO 22000 and in FSSC 22000 Appendix 1.

Management systems – Plan, Do, Check, Act (PDCA) cycle

  • The core elements of a management system and the interrelationship between top management responsibility, policy, objectives, planning, implementation, measurement, review, and continual improvement.

Food safety management

  • A knowledge of the principles of food safety management including prerequisite programmes as specified in ISO/TS 22002-x series and HACCP.
  • The relationship between food safety management and the provision of safe food products to prevent or minimise adverse effects on human health and the proactive improvement of food safety performance.
  • Awareness of common examples of relevant national and local FSMS legislation and requirements
  • The role of ISO 22003-1 in food management system certification
  • Awareness of the food chain categories and sub-categories in ISO 22003-1.

Prior knowledge of Management Systems and Food Safety Management can be obtained by attending a CQI and IRCA Certified ISO 22000:2018 Foundation FSMS (FD128) Training course.


Learners must demonstrate acceptable levels of performance in the three learning objectives to complete the course successfully. Learners will be assessed through practical tasks and activities.

Learners must also pass a 1-hour 45-minute online or 2-hour written examination where the examination is not in English.

Assessment questions may relate to prior knowledge that will not be covered in this course. Learners who lack the prior knowledge are strongly recommended to acquire it before booking a course.

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