In preparation for the unannounced audit program of FSSC 22000, our company has decided to conduct an unannounced audit drill for us to identify the possible deficiency/problem that may rise in an actual unannounced audit and develop the appropriate solutions. This is also to evaluate and measure our audit readiness across all function areas.
Could you share your ideas/mechanics on how to run an audit simulation?
Would really appreciate your help in this matter.
Thank you in advance!
I would prefer the following:
First you will need to select an internal auditor, who understands the food safety aspects, regulations and the FSSC audit scheme, within your company (this could be yourself, any superior QA personnel, or at the least an outside consultant).
For an unannounced internal mock audit a date should be selected for a normal operational day.The date should not be communicated to anyone, with only the internal auditor having this information.
The internal auditor should come to the facility, not as an employee, but would behave similar to a visitor/auditor. Should check for accessibility into the facility without using personal/employee credentials.
The auditor then can work with the most senior management member and should conduct the audit as per the standard of the FSSC audit, clause by clause and identifying the issue. This will include a thorough walk through of the facility and issues can be identified and noted in the audit report.
Once the audit is completed a final report of the issues/non-conformities should be submitted and discussed with the upper management to identify the key issues and a corrective action can be performed.
Hope it helps.