There seems to be a shortage of qualified/experienced food safety auditors at the moment. As demand outstrips supply food safety auditors should be able to command good fees for the forseable future. Maybe some consultants should switch.
I apologize for taking a shot on IRCA, but the thing is, IMO, IRCA is quite rigid in approving FSMS
auditors. They do not recognize audits based on other food safety standards such as the RvA standard, Danish standard, MS standard or even Codex. So the food safety people/auditors, even with years of experience in food safety system
, were not able to comply with the 20 audit days requirements to be a certificated FSMS
auditor. Hence the lacking in FS auditors.
Instead, QMS auditors are allowed to be converted to FSMS
Sure, most FS people may not have comparable experience in management systems as the QMS or EMS auditors, but it would be much more easier for a food safety person to pick up the management issues, than for a QMS person to pick up food safety hazards and HACCP
If we read the Rva, Danish, MS standards or Codex guideline, these standards do address on management responsibilities, maybe not as indepth as ISO standards but it should be considered by IRCA to be acceptable.