Process For Becoming A Third Party Auditor
(TPA) Network User
1) Review the PrimusLabs website auditing related pages,
including PrimusLabs and PrimusLabs audit guidelines, checklists and .
2) Review the .
3) Prepare and forward cover letter, resume (and supporting documentation) and
at least two letters of reference.
3.1) Cover letter – please use this to introduce your application to be
a third party auditor. Please explain what kind of third party auditor
participation you wish to attain (third party auditor network user or
PrimusLabs subcontractor or PrimusLabs employee, please to see the difference). Please note which type of audit
scheme(s) you would like to utilize (for example PrimusLabs GAP, PrimusLabs GMP
for TPA Network Users, also PrimusGFS, GlobalG.A.P., NOP, etc., if considering
becoming a PrimusLabs subcontractor or PrimusLabs employee auditor).
3.2) Resume – please note education history, work history, training
history, language skills, computer skills, membership of professional and trade
associations and any other relevant information. Please make sure that the
resume meets the requirements of the page.
Note that resumes will be reviewed for third party
auditing conflict of interest issue. For example, being employed by a company
in the auditee’s industry would be a conflict of interest. Conflict of interest
is dealt with in more detail later in the process if there is a wish to become
a subcontractor or PrimusLabs employee auditor.
3.3) Supporting Documentation. Please include documentation to support
the resume, for example copies of education related certificates and course
transcripts, copies of training certificates and explanations of the training
3.4) Letters of Reference - supply two letters of reference from
industry leaders in the produce supply chain. Examples include buyer technical
managers, facility and grower technical managers. These letters should explain
why the candidate would be a good food safety auditor. The sources of these
letters must agree to being contacted by Primus Auditing Dept. to verify
details and discuss the candidate’s application.
Please mail to:
Auditing Technical Manager
2810 Industrial Parkway
Santa Maria, CA 93455
4) On receiving the application package, the Auditing Dept. will review the
details and may follow up for more information and/or clarification of the
details. Once reviewed the candidate will be informed of the outcome, their
prospects of being an auditor at the various levels available and the possible
audit scopes they might meet.
The standards are high for all levels and many
applicants fail for one or more reasons. Applicants can re-apply if they feel
they have met the shortfalls in the first application attempt for example
gained more experience or obtained a new education credential.
5) Online Questionnaire. Successful candidates will be provided website
links for online GAP and GMP questionnaires. These are open book questionnaires
designed to show the candidate the depth and breadth of knowledge required to
perform food safety audits.
6) If all the above are successfully completed a TPA Network User will be
offered the chance to register. The registering requirements are as follows:-
6.1) Annual fee of $100, payable on the initial registration and then due every
January thereafter. There is a charge of $40 per audit created on the
PrimusLabs database, with extra charges if transferring to multiple buyers ($15
6.2) Completion of a standard resume format for uploading onto the PrimusLabs
6.3) Agreement to allow PrimusLabs.com to post on the website the TPA user
name, company name, location, e-mail address and other pertinent details as
6.4) Registering means that the TPA Network agrees with all PrimusLabs user
agreements and disclaimers, including that all data on the PrimusLabs databases
is owned by PrimusLabs.
6.5) All auditors can be suspended, delisted or have other types of imposed
restrictions if deemed necessary by PrimusLabs Audit Dept.