FSMS ISO 22000:2018 Lead Auditor - Virtual Training Course


PR 359: CQI-IRCA Certified FSMS ISO 22000:2018 Lead Auditor (2061)

The aim of this course is to provide delegates with the knowledge and skills required to perform first, second and third-party audits of quality management systems against ISO 9001, in accordance with ISO 19011and ISO/IEC 17021, as applicable. All references to ISO standards in this document are to the current versions, unless stated otherwise.

Note: CQI and IRCA may accept courses based on standards accepted as equivalent to ISO 22000 such as those used in schemes currently recognized by GFSI. This includes the Global Gap, FSSC 22000 (version 4), BRC,SQF and IFS schemes.



  • Completion of secondary education. An understanding of report writing is desirable
  • Experience in food chains and the principles that apply to them (HACCP, GMP, GAP legislation…), and an understanding of relevant key food safety legislation & prerequisite programmes.
  • A prior knowledge of the requirements of ISO 22000 is required. A minimum requirement is that the standard must be read before the course
    Note: those candidates who are qualified auditors in other disciplines (QMS, EMS, etc.) and have experience in food safety management may  find the 3-day CQI-IRCA FSMS Auditor Conversion training course more appropriate.
  • Knowledge of the requirements of ISO 22000, which may be gained by completing an IRCA certified FSMS Foundation Training course or equivalent / by self study of the ISO 22000 standard


  • Food safety Issues
  • Food safety Management Systems overview. What to look for in Food safety Management System.
  • Audit Techniques.
  • What to look for in Management Responsibility.
  • What to look for in Communication.
  • What to look for in Planning of safe products. 
  • Accreditation Issues (ISO 17021, ISO 22003) Auditor Competence (ISO 19011,CQI-IRCA norms)
  • Practical Exercises and Feedback.

On successfully completing the course, students will be able to:

  • Audit an FSMS as per the requirements of the ISO 22000:2018 Standard
  • Understand key elements of the ISO 19011 and ISO/IEC 17021 Standards and their application
  • Plan an audit against a set of audit criteria
  • Successfully execute a Food Safety Management System audit
  • Create clear, concise and relevant audit reports
  • Communicate the audit findings to a client
Information of Examination (E-Assessment) Process: 
1. E-Assessment is conducted and managed by CQI-IRCA. 
2. The examination link will be mailed to registered e mail of the delegate by CQI-IRCA, after the commencement of the course.
3. Delegate shall appear for examination any time within 30 days from the last day of training.
4. CQI-IRCA shares results with Bureau Veritas, about 10 working days from e-assessment of the delegate, provided there are no technical and other issues identified by CQI-IRCA.
5. Hardcopy of certificate will be issued by Bureau Veritas after three weeks from the receipt of results from CQI-IRCA.
6. The release of certificate will be subjected to realization of payment for the course(s).
7. Re-sit for examination (wherever applicable) will be facilitated by Bureau Veritas based on the written request by the delegate


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