Keeping up with the advances in technology, new scientific information and evolving Best Practices is one of the most significant challenges facing auditors today. Equipment and technology advances usually require purchasing the advertised item to obtain detailed operational information. General information in the market is geared to industry and focuses primarily on marketing materials. When operational materials are available, they rarely address an auditing approach and are typically provided in venues and timeframes that may be unavailable to auditors.
Evolving scientific theory and best practice approaches for many emerging threats is another concern, available content can vary widely in interpretation, application and accuracy. This is an issue that impacts both auditors and industry, and can apply to regulatory changes as well. With FSMA regulations in full swing, thorough, accurate information on the new regulations is critical to an auditor’s success.
AFSAP Academy is the training tool created to address these challenges and provide AFSAP member auditors access to verified content they need to improve their knowledge base and advance their careers. Vetted by the TAB, training materials are reviewed for accuracy and current content. Moving forward, major topics will be developed or contracted for FSMA compliance topics and made available in a variety of formats including Virtual Instructor led courses, Vendor technical webinars and self-paced online learning that is convenient and available when needed to accommodate an auditors schedule. New content is frequently added based on member requests.
often leading Auditors to access outdated or misrepresented information
As a result, even though ongoing professional development for auditors is often required, availability and accuracy of existing materials can be limited and are rarely focused on “How to audit them”. Sadly, and evolving that auditors simply cannot maintain current.
Most Vendors provide industry training when a facility purchases a new item such as production equipment, software programs and new testing technology. Quite simply, it improves customer satisfaction dramatically when the new item is used correctly and optimized for a specific application.
When the item/training also includes the potential positive (or negative) impact on food safety, learning these operational strengths, limitations and other factors is one of the key contributions industry experience can provide to industry professionals seeking to become food safety auditors. It may also offer some explanation of why industry experience usefulness varies from auditor to auditor.
As their industry experience ages and is replaced with new tech, the availability of information on new technology applications is limited This is one of the most significant challenges facing auditors today.
changes in best practice approached based on scientific advances in food safety is limited, and. Sadly, auditors do not benefit from any of this
There is a growing array of products and processes entering the market such as;
Advanced testing technology, whole genome sequencing, new intervention strategies for pathogen controls, new supply chain software systems to streamline compliance document management, irradiation, use of x-ray technology for foreign material detections, even new models of metal detectors, and the market focuses on