Third party audits (TPAs)
The NSW Food Authority has developed a Regulatory Food Safety Auditor System to approve persons other than Authority employees to conduct regulatory food safety audits of licensed food businesses in NSW.
Regulatory food safety auditors (RFSA) may also be known as third party or commercially employed auditors.
Key features include:
- only food businesses with a suitable audit and compliance history from Food Authority auditors may apply to use a regulatory food safety auditor
- auditors must have appropriate qualifications, be trained and assessed on the system and be individually approved by the Food Authority
- audit results must be sent to the Food Authority and will form part of an ongoing verification program for both auditors and food businesses
- the system complies with the National Food Safety Audit Policy and the National Food Safety Auditor Guidelines.
Auditors that have been approved by the Food Authority are listed on the auditor register.
Auditors on this register are able conduct audits for facilities in NSW.
The Food Authority will assess applications and contact the applicant in writing with the decision.