AJA Academy executes complete Food Safety training for EFTCO Food Assessors (based on ISO 9001)

To conduct a Tank Cleaning Food Assessment it is mandatory to know the basic requirements of food safety and the respective documented systems and activities.

The food supply chain is a very sensitive and multiplex activity. There is no black and white in case of chemicals/DG or just food. Food safety does deserve the highest attention from all participants. Any mistake will most probably cause harm to human.

Presently there is only limited legislation specific for tank cleaning of Foodstuffs, but increasing pressure from food industry to control this part of supply chain. This is resulting in an increased number of individual audits by food companies.
It is the aim that ISO 22000 and ISO 9001 become the standard in the Tank Cleaning market for Food Standard Assessment.

How to reach this?

  • By developing and setting clear and undoubtable food safety requirements
  • By developing a professional food assessment without any scope of individual interpretation
  • By integrating flexibility in the FSMS (ISO 22000 and ISO 9001) system for future demands of customers
  • By creating an online tool to manage the assessment results
  • By using skilled and experienced auditors only!

But why another training?

  • It is necessity to get the confidence of the food industry in the system.
  • The credibility of the system stands or falls with the quality of the assessors.
  • Due to the fact that most auditors are not familiar enough with food safety requirements (HACCP, PRP, oPRP, hazard analysis, CCP, etc) in the tank cleaning industry, intensive training and continuous monitoring are essential.

And why AJA?

AJA Academy is a worldwide active training organization for several worldwide acknowledged standards (ISO-QM/EM/FSMS, Green Logistics, EFTCO, SGF, etc.). The tutors are underlying a stringent qualification scheme and yearly monitoring. The tutor for this course is Michael Snella, who has the widest possible knowledge and reputation in the European Tank Cleaning Industry as assessor and trainer. Additionally he is principle auditor for many ISO Standards, such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 22000 and several Tank Cleaning Standards including Food.

AJA Academy has supported EFTCO on the development of this training course EFTCO Food Tank Cleaning.

Food safety is related to the presence of food-borne hazards in food at the point of consumption (intake by the consumer). As the introduction of food safety hazards can occur at any stage of the food chain, adequate control throughout the food chain is essential. Thus, food safety is ensured through the combined efforts of all the parties participating in the food chain.
Organizations within the food chain range from feed producers and primary producers through food manufacturers, transport and storage operators and subcontractors to retail and food service outlets (together with inter-related organizations such as producers of equipment, packaging material, cleaning agents, additives and ingredients). Service providers, like Tank-Cleaning-Station, are also included.

Instances of food poisoning are on the increase, consumers are increasingly becoming more sceptical. No internationally recognised standard until now for Food-Tank-Cleaning.

It is necessary to provide unity in approach by:

  • Interactive communication
  • System management
  • Hazard control

To maintain the following benefits:

  • Organised and targeted communication among trade and service partners;
  • Resource optimisation (internally and along the food chain);
  • Improved documentation;
  • Better planning; less post-process verification;
  • More efficient and dynamic food safety hazard control;
  • All control measures subjected to hazard analysis;
  • Systematic management of prerequisite programmes (PRP and oPRP);
  • Widely applicable because it is focused on end results;
  • Valid basis for taking decisions;
  • Increased diligence;
  • Control focused on what is necessary and saves resources by reducing overlapping system audits.
  • Confidence that the organisations implementing the  standard have the ability to identify and control food safety hazards

Course Overview:

  • This course shall satisfy the ISO19011 requirements for Assessor approval in a second discipline.
  • The focus of this course does evaluate the effectiveness of a FSMS through interpretation of the requirements of FSMS requirements, in the legislative framework and the significant hazards of its operational processes.
  • This course trains delegates thoroughly on how to plan, organize and conduct an internal or external Food Safety System Assessments and to report the results.
  • It also assists delegates in preparing their own or organization for Food Assessments.

Course Objectives:

  • Describe the fundamental process for a FSMS and explain the principles, process and techniques used for the assessment and management of the risks associated with food safety hazards, including the significance of these for FSMS Assessors.
  • Explain the purpose, content and interrelationship of the following: management system standards; food safety; guidance documents; industry practice; standard operating procedures; and legislative framework relevant to a FSMS.


  • Interpret the requirements of EFTCO Food Assessment to assess an organizations FSMS, with particular reference to:

    • The effectiveness of the organization's management of RISK through its food safety risk.
    • The capability of an organization to maintain and exceed compliance with legislative requirements
    • The adequacy of the organizations emergency processes
    • The implementation of operational risk control, monitoring and measurement.
    • The continual improvement of food safety management system performance.
    • Explain the role of an auditor to plan, conduct report and follow up and food safety management systems audit in accordance with ISO19011.

Requirements to Assessors:

  • The assessors shall be CEFIC accredited SQAS assessors.
  • The assessors shall be registered as ISO lead auditors and shall provide reasonable audit experience, not just on SQAS standards.
  • The assessors shall successfully undergo the EFTCO Food Assessment exam

The cost of food poisoning;

The cost of food poisoning can be very high. This cost can be financial and social.

  • Loss of production
  • The closure of food and other service premises
  • A loss of business and reputation
  • Fines and costs of legal action taken because of the sale of unsatisfactory food
  • Civil action taken by food poisoning sufferers
  • Food losses due to spoilage and damage, because of poor stock rotation
  • Higher staff turnover
  • Increased risk of food poisoning and food complaints


Food safety is a vital requirements and expectation of all participants, parties in the food chain as well as consumers. There is no other option than 100%  safety and free from contamination. Therefore highest requirements to the used standards and the assessors skills are essential and to be expected. No room for opinions and pre-conclusions are allowed. Therefore food safety is a matter for high professionals with full knowledge of ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 22000 and other related.

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