National food safety audit policy

Page last updated: 21 November 2016

On 25 October 2006, the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council (Ministerial Council, now known as the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on food Regulation [the Forum]) endorsed the National Food Safety Audit Policy (the Policy) for the approval and management of food safety auditors and food safety audits. The policy focuses primarily on regulatory audits, including those conducted on behalf of regulators by approved private third-party food safety auditors.
The main objectives of the Policy are to: promote national consistency in managing auditors and auditing

  • assist food regulators implementing regulatory food safety audit management systems, including greater sharing of resources
  • simplify requirements for business and auditors operating in more than one jurisdiction
  • give recognition and acceptance by industry of minimum core regulatory requirements.
The Policy will be used by food regulators as the basis for their own arrangements to support the implementation of food safety programs and auditing requirements. Jurisdictions have five years to make changes to their auditor management systems in line with the policy. With its national focus, the policy will simplify requirements for businesses and auditors operating in more than one state or territory in domestic markets and aims to reduce the number of food safety audits.
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