Audits and auditors have emerged to play a significant role in the global food safety network. We rely heavily on them be our eyes, we use the data collected to make serious decisions. We ask them to do this faster, as audit time onsite decreases. Third party certification programs such as GFSI made this possible by harmonizing requirements across much of the auditing industry, but the learning curve has been steep.
As we look ahead to the evolving role of audits and auditors under FSMA, the need for an organization supporting food safety auditors is clear. More than ever, the auditor carries a significant burden for identifying food safety concerns, while maintaining little, if any control over their role. And that is precisely where a trade association can benefit an emerging profession. Today, AFSAP stands poised to bridge the gap, fulfilling the need for an organization solely focused on the challenges unique to food safety auditing in the current regulatory landscape.
The future of auditing starts now, and success resides in learning from the past to better prepare for the future. The ability for auditors to grow as professionals, to adapt to new systems, to meet the competency concerns of today’s global market and adjust to the new prevention based programs, is the focal point of AFSAP’s creation.
One of AFSAP’s primary objectives is a commitment to improving the content, methods and delivery mechanisms of auditor training and development in the new regulatory landscape, to explore and secure funding for harmonized training and internships to proactively address capacity based issues.
A trade association for food safety auditors is long overdue. I think of it as planting a seed, and look forward to seeing the tree it will become. Join today, and as you get to know us, you will literally see us grow before your eyes.
AFSAP Founder and CEO