Workshop: Reliable Audits

On April 27th, 2017, invited representatives from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), state agencies, food industry, conformity assessment industry, audit industry, and food industry trade associations attended a Forum workshop to discuss key elements of, or criteria for, “reliable audits” under the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and beyond. Topics of conversation included limitations of audits and whether and how those limitations might be effectively addressed, audit protocols, auditor competence, access to and transparency of audit data, and how to appropriately define a “reliable audit” for agency-oversight purposes. This discussion, in some respects, built from Forum workshops on third-party certification and foreign supplier verification held between 2011 and 2014, along with FDA’s on-going efforts on the Voluntary Qualified Importer Program, and other programs that use third-party auditors.  

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