The Auditing Organisation Recognition (AOR) Programme aims to establish a network of third-party auditing organisations (AOs) recognised by the Singapore Food Agency (SFA). These AOs are recognised for their capability to perform audits on food establishments to support the needs of the food industry. The AOR programme also serves to ensure that the auditing activities performed by recognised AOs are effectively carried out.
Under the Wholesome Meat and Fish Act, recognised AOs are currently authorised to perform audits for food establishments which manufacture meat and fish products for export only. The scope of the audit will be expanded to all other food commodities (eg: dairy, vegetable, beverage) by end 2022.
The food industry can engage the auditing services of SFA’s recognised auditing organisations to meet their food export needs i.e. audit to apply for export health certifications.
Key criteria for AOs to be recognised by SFA include:
- Accreditation to CT17 by the Singapore Accreditation Council
- Fulfillment of on-site verifications by SFA and compliance with stipulated requirements
- Completion of mandatory training on audit competency
- Ensure that appointed auditors conducting the premises audit are not conducting similar certification audits for the same food establishment
Application / Renewal
Application / Renewal Requirements
To successfully apply or renew your status as a recognised auditing organisation, the applicant shall meet the following key requirements of the AOR which include:
- Being accredited by Singapore Accreditation Council to CT 17
- Having auditors based in Singapore to support the programme
SFA will assess the application and recognition will only be granted to auditing organisations that meet the AOR programme requirements.
Application / Renewal Process
The following flow diagram depicts the general application and renewal process:
It takes about 4 months from the receipt of application for an auditing organisation to be recognised by SFA. The time frame for processing an application may vary depending on factors such as:
- Submitted documents are complete and in compliance with the requirements of the AOR programme
- Schedule of the on-site verification visits and time for rectification, if any.
Application / Renewal Resources
^Third party auditing organisations seeking new application/ renewal of recognition may submit a request for the Terms & Conditions documents via SFA’s online feedback form. Under category, select ‘Other enquiries or feedback’.
Recognised Auditing Organisations
The auditing organisations (AOs) recognised under the AOR Programme are listed with details as follows:
| SOCOTEC Certification Singapore Pte Ltd
60 Albert Street
#13-03 OG Albert Complex
|Transpacific Certifications (Singapore) Pte Ltd
21 Bukit Batok Crescent
#21-84 WCEGA Tower
Qualified Person (QP) Course
The auditors registered under the AOR programme are required to attend the compulsory Qualified Person (QP) course conducted by SFA. The auditors will conduct audit checks on the food establishment using the pre-defined set of assessment criteria including the QP declaration form, such as food safety monitoring system, traceability and recall plan etc.
Dates of QP Course
The QP course will be conducted online and the following are the available training dates:
· 27 September 2022, 9.30am to 10.30am
· 12 December 2022, 3pm to 4pm
Please indicate your interest to register for the course here.
Note: There will be no charges for this course.