Are you a food safety auditor in Australia? Want to provide the industry confidence in your food safety auditing abilities?
Exemplar Global’s National Food Safety (NFSA) Auditor certification program can give you the recognition you need to stand out from the crowd.
The NFSA certification program provides national recognition for food safety professionals on behalf of Australian state regulators.
Benefits of Exemplar Global NFSA certification include:
The NFSA Auditor certification program has been developed by Exemplar Global in conjunction with the Australian Government, primary producers, food manufacturers, retailers, trainers, and certification bodies.
The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries, and Forestry initiated the project to develop a single national certification scheme that encompasses first-, second-, and third-party auditors.
The program was designed and developed by Exemplar Global to achieve compliance with ISO/IEC 17024:2012, the international standard for personnel certification.
To development the program, Exemplar Global convened a committee of key stakeholders to identify the essential requirements for effective food safety auditors. The NFSA scheme committee identified the criteria necessary to determine an applicant’s competency to perform food safety audits. The criteria included the requirements for the applicant to demonstrate specific knowledge, skills, personal attributes, and qualifications.
The culmination of this work is a food safety auditor certification scheme designed and endorsed by the industry—delivering a high calibre of food safety auditors to support the entire supply chain and is recognized nationally.
So what are you waiting for? Download the requirements and click “Apply Now” to get started.
Audits are performed across specific industries to confirm the adherence to local, state or national health, hygiene, and food safety regulations. NFS-1 Auditors are generally employed directly or indirectly by a regulatory authority to enforce compliance with local, state or national health, hygiene, and food safety regulations.
A business producing, packaging or serving food that is unlikely to contain pathogenic micro-organisms (physical, biological, or chemical food safety hazards) and will not normally support their growth and will not introduce microbial, chemical, or physical hazards to the foods; or may contain a hazard that cannot be controlled by the business but is reliably controlled by processing the product at a subsequent step in the supply chain. Failure to control these risks may contribute to a public health risk. NFS-2 Auditors are recognized as competent to audit low-risk businesses/processes are only recognized as competent to audit medium risk business/process as part of an audit team lead business/process as part of an audit team led by a NFS-4 (Level 4) auditor and are not recognized as competent to take responsibility for auditing identified medium or high-risk business/process.
A business producing, packaging, or serving food that is unlikely to contain pathogenic micro-organisms (Physical, biological, or chemical food safety hazards) that will cause mild illness or isolated numbers of affected consumers-but will not normally support the growth of pathogens or toxins which can be removed with subsequent food handling steps. Failure to control these risks may contribute to a public health risk. NFS-3 auditors are recognized as competent to audit medium or low risk business/processes and are only recognized as competent to audit high risk business/process as part of an audit team led by NFS-4 (Level 4) auditor and are not recognized as competent to take responsibility for auditing identified high risk business/process.
A business producing, packaging, or serving food that may contain pathogenic micro-organisms and toxins (physical, biological, or chemical food safety hazards) and/or could support the formation of toxins or growth of pathogenic micro-organisms which cause severe and immediate public health risks and/or immediate health risks for the targeted consumer. Must have control steps implemented to ensure safety of the food and handling of these foods for known “at risk” populations will cause significant safety risks through inappropriate implementation of necessary controls. NFS-4 Auditors are recognized as competent to audit high risk businesses/processes corresponding to medium or low business/process.
A scope within a certification program provides recognition that you meet the qualifications to work within a specific industry or sector. As an example, Exemplar Global certified professionals often request a scope related to a specific ISO standard or industry sector regulation that they work with.
Individuals interested in adding a scope to their current certification can do so by completing an expansion application via their Online Portal.