Assess compliance with food safety programs

Formats and tools

Unit Description
Reconstruct the unit from the xml and display it as an HTML page.
Assessment Tool
an assessor resource that builds a framework for writing an assessment tool
Assessment Template
generate a spreadsheet for marking this unit in a classroom environment. Put student names in the top row and check them off as they demonstrate competenece for each of the unit's elements and performance criteria.
Assessment Matrix
a slightly different format than the assessment template. A spreadsheet with unit names, elements and performance criteria in separate columns. Put assessment names in column headings to track which performance criteria each one covers. Good for ensuring that you've covered every one of the performance criteria with your assessment instrument (all assessement tools together).
Wiki Markup
mark up the unit in a wiki markup codes, ready to copy and paste into a wiki page. The output will work in most wikis but is designed to work particularly well as a Wikiversity learning project.
Evidence Guide
create an evidence guide for workplace assessment and RPL applicants
Competency Mapping Template
Unit of Competency Mapping – Information for Teachers/Assessors – Information for Learners. A template for developing assessments for a unit, which will help you to create valid, fair and reliable assessments for the unit, ready to give to trainers and students
Observation Checklist
create an observation checklist for workplace assessment and RPL applicants. This is similar to the evidence guide above, but a little shorter and friendlier on your printer. You will also need to create a seperate Assessor Marking Guide for guidelines on gathering evidence and a list of key points for each activity observed using the unit's range statement, required skills and evidence required (see the unit's html page for details)

Self Assessment Survey
A form for students to assess thier current skill levels against each of the unit's performance criteria. Cut and paste into a web document or print and distribute in hard copy.
Moodle Outcomes
Create a csv file of the unit's performance criteria to import into a moodle course as outcomes, ready to associate with each of your assignments. Here's a quick 'how to' for importing these into moodle 2.x
Registered Training Organisations
Trying to find someone to train or assess you? This link lists all the RTOs that are currently registered to deliver FDFAU4001A, 'Assess compliance with food safety programs'.
Google Links
links to google searches, with filtering in place to maximise the usefulness of the returned results
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Elements and Performance Criteria



1. Plan the audit

1.1. An audit plan is developed to meet the audit scope

1.2. The plan is capable of delivering the required outcomes within resource and time allocations

1.3. Plan includes audit purpose, scope and relevant templates or approved food safety program

1.4. Activities and responsibilities for the audit are identified

1.5. Audit timing (as required by legislation and/or client) is identified including timetable for each stage of the audit

1.6. Resource, personnel and reporting requirements are identified

1.7. Follow up and completion procedures are identified

1.8. Communication protocols are identified and established to facilitate the effective exchange of information and suited to the auditee environment

2. Confirm that the food business has documented required preliminary work

2.1. The food and the method of distribution are defined

2.2. Customers and intended use of food is identified

2.3. The process is described and documented

2.4. The food business has checked their documentation for accuracy and completeness

3. Confirm the food safety program is supported by a tool or template or has been validated

3.1. The documented food safety program and related procedures and prerequisite programs are assessed to confirm that they have a prescriptive tool or have been validated by a technical expert

3.2. The food business method of identifying and analysing food safety hazards is reviewed

3.3. Templates or the approved food safety program are correctly selected to meet audit scope

3.4. Templates or the approved food safety program are appropriately adapted to suit the needs of the business without adversely affecting food safety

3.5. Documented verification records are reviewed to confirm that the requirements of the food safety program are being met

3.6. Corrective actions required where processes are identified as not meeting targets or critical limits are assessed to confirm they meet the requirements of the template or food safety program

3.7. Food safety prerequisite programs are assessed to confirm they are appropriate for the food business/industry sector to maintain a safe food environment

3.8. Food safety program documents are reviewed to confirm currency, accuracy and adequacy to facilitate maintenance of an adequate food safety program

4. Collect evidence to review and assess implementation of food safety programs

4.1. Evidence is collected to confirm that documented programs and procedures are working effectively, reflect actual practice and are consistently applied

4.2. Evidence is collected to confirm that food safety monitoring and corrective actions are carried out according to procedure

4.3. Evidence is collected to confirm that safety prerequisite programs are effective and consistently followed

4.4. Evidence is collected to confirm that food safety records are completed and provide an accurate record of events

4.5. Evidence is collected to confirm that records are accessed and analysed to confirm effective program maintenance in accordance with the template or food safety program

4.6. Evidence is collected to confirm that food safety skills and knowledge of food business personnel is commensurate with their work role

4.7. Evidence is collected to confirm that the food safety program has been internally monitored and assessed, updated and improved by a technical expert

5. Manage the audit process

5.1. Audit progress is monitored against the audit plan and any variation to plan is identified and addressed

5.2. Circumstances requiring the audit plan to be adjusted are identified and negotiated in a timely manner

5.3. Audits address audit scope and are conducted within time and resource constraints to meet quality and professional standards

5.4. The audit process is reviewed to identify opportunities for improvement

6. Consolidate audit outcomes

6.1. Audit evidence is analysed and assessed to identify any areas of non-compliance with legislation and/or the food safety program

6.2. Non-conformities are identified and classified as agreed by the audit plan

6.3. Non-conformities are reported in accordance with agreed client and/or legislative requirements

6.4. Audit reports and/or certificates are prepared and submitted or presented as required to meet regulatory and client requirements

6.5. A corrective action implementation plan defining proposed actions and timelines developed by the auditee is reviewed by the auditor to confirm that template or food safety program requirements are met

6.6. Audit findings are reviewed to confirm that evidence is sufficient as defined by the template or approved food safety program

7. Confirm and close out corrective actions

7.1. Implementation and effectiveness of corrective action is monitored and verified against the template or the approved food safety program

7.2. Audit records are maintained to record corrective actions

Qualifications and Skillsets

FDFAU4001A appears in the following qualifications:

  • MTM40311 - Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Quality Assurance)
  • MTM40411 - Certificate IV in Meat Processing (General)
  • MTM40211 - Certificate IV in Meat Processing (Meat Safety)
  • FDF40110 - Certificate IV in Food Processing