Officials from MS are familiar with auditing and inspecting food establishments and operators and their controls systems as part of their national controls, but are not so familiar with the auditing of competent authorities performance of their official controls. Food and Veterinary Office auditing missions have detected the training needs, considering that National Auditing systems are still being developed in many Member States, and it is important to establish a consistent and harmonized approach across the UE, and a minimum level of harmonized procedures and quality. The training is serving therefore as a way to disseminate best practices, improve knowledge in this area and have the same level of understanding.

This training program has been therefore designed to have a consistent approach throughout the Community with regards to the assessment made by the Member States auditing units that will help to have comparable values of the different national audit reports.

The program will be divided in two courses, having developed two different levels for the second course, standard and advance. The aim is to provide tools and guidance on the management of audit programs to promote a harmonized approach for auditing, following the principles and criteria that will facilitate equal playing field for all, considering different levels of knowledge.

From 2016 to 2017 the program will offer three different courses of audits:

  • Course A: A total of 5 sessions of 5 days of Setting-up and implementation of an audit system.
  • Course B1: A total of 6 sessions of 5 days of Conducting an audit – Standard level.
  • Course B2: A total of 5 sessions of 5 days of Conducting and audit – Advanced level.

The following European agencies and institutions, part of the consortium leaded by AENOR, provide their support and cooperation to AENOR in the implementation of this project:


AINIA Centro Tecnológico


The targeted audience should comply with the following criteria:

  • Be officers of Competent Authorities, relevant government officers, inspection services;
  • Ideally staff from Competent Authorities involved or who will be managing the audit requirements of Article 4(6) of Regulation (EC) No 882/2004 or their design, planning, implementation and management of audit systems;
  • Have a working knowledge of relevant feed, food law, animal health and animal welfare rules legislation;
  • Broad experience in the implementation of official control systems according to Regulation (EC) 882/2004;
  • Be compromised to disseminate the learning’s of the training once they finalize the training session;
  • Be proficient in the English language.