The SALSA watch phrase is ‘think national, but act local.’  Many national buyers recognise the importance of local sourcing for the sustainability of local food businesses in the UK.  Likewise, it now does not make any sense to send an Auditor from a base in South East England to North West Wales without adding significant cost to the process.  It is also one of the main reasons why meeting Buyers' food safety standards have, up to now, been prohibitively expensive for most small Suppliers.
SALSA Auditors are professionals with proven food industry experience in the fields of operation they will be auditing.  To verify this, all Auditors must have been accepted by the IFST Register of Professional Food Auditors and Mentors (RPFAM).

Every Supplier approved by SALSA receives an annual audit against the SALSA Standard.  The audit is appropriate and proportionate to the size of the business and, unlike standards under EN45011 accreditation, Auditors are able to provide advice and guidance to the supplier during an audit - just as those Auditors working directly for the Buyer normally do.