The assigned audit team leader (Lead Auditor) should prepare the audit plan – using the FSMS Audit Plan Template as a guide at least one month prior to the scheduled audit; the lead time required will vary according to the area being audited and the scope of the audit. The FS1160-2 AUDIT PLAN should include the purpose, scope, criteria, and objectives for the audit, as well as identify audit date(s) and audit team members. (Unless otherwise specified, the criteria will be the requirements of ISO 22000:2005.)
A schedule (agenda) for interviewing department personnel should be provided. (When constructing the audit schedule, the audit team leader should be sure to allow time for auditors to review and clarify notes and meet with other team members for discussion). Any documents required for the audit shall be identified (e.g., purchase orders from January 1 March 31 of the current year). Any operations or maintenance areas to be visited and observed shall be identified. In preparing the Food Safety Audit Plan, the audit team leader should review previous audit reports, corrective action requests (CAR), production histories, complaint files, satisfaction surveys, and any other documents deemed relevant to the audit.