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Auditor Competency. David Brackston Technical Director BRC Global Standards. Agenda. What makes a good auditor BRC Requirements for auditors Developments in auditor competency Auditors – the future. Auditors.

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auditor competency

Auditor Competency

David Brackston

Technical Director

BRC Global Standards

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

GFSI Working

Group

auditing skills
Auditing skills
  • Audit planning
  • Questioning techniques
  • Time keeping
  • Collecting and recording information
  • Sampling techniques
  • Analysis of audit findings
  • Audit report writing
behaviour and system thinking
Behaviour and system thinking
  • Interpersonal behaviour
    • Interview technique
    • Managing conflict
    • Audit leadership
  • Systems Thinking
    • Critical thinking / problem solving
    • Root cause analysis
  • Ethics
technical knowledge
Technical Knowledge

Knowledge of

  • The audit standard and its requirements
  • Food safety
  • The product sector and technology
  • HACCP
  • Legislation
  • Quality Management Systems
brc requirements
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)
and then
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.
and once qualified
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
brc next steps in developing auditor competence
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)
gfsi focus
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
the future for auditors
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