Words into Actions – moving from inspections to process based Assessments

ISO 22000, PAS 220 and FSSC 22000 are changing the world of Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) assessments. The inspection method, long the standard bearer in FSMS assessments, is slowly giving way to the process based assessment. Put simply, the checklist approach is being replaced by one that takes a more in-depth look at the processes behind the results. That was one of the issues discussed last week at LRQA’s FSMS Trainers Course in Orlando, Florida. Vel Pillay, Food Safety Program Manager - Americas, Erasmo Salazar, ISO 22000 Lead Assessor and Trainer from Mexico and Dave Sherring, UK Trainer Manager and course designer, delivered the latest ISO 22000 Auditor/Lead Auditor course to a group of clients from an interesting range of organisations across the food supply chain; including fruit processing, chemical processing and even the US Army. The IRCA approved training course enables participants to develop and refine their audit skills in relation to FSMS based on ISO 22000. Vel also delivered a session on the future of FSMS, FSSC 22000, including the introduction of PAS 220 to the mix and how FSSC 22000 is increasingly being applied by the world’s leading food organisations. The feedback was positive, with delegates being able to relate the discussions and key learnings directly to their own organisation. This blog is from the LRQA Food Blog Visit the blog daily at 'Food for thought' blogspot for more posts from our leading food safety experts.