ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System

ISO 22000 is the International Standard that sets out the requirements for a Food Safety Management System (FSMS) for the production, processing, transport or distribution of food products.

About ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System

This standard is designed to provide an international baseline for quality management, which can be used by companies around the world, regardless of their industry or organisational size. ISO 9001 has become the most widely used and implemented quality management system in the world.

The standard outlines what an organisation needs to do to demonstrate its ability to manage, and control for, food-related safety hazards to ensure that there is no danger to human consumption. It integrates the key principles of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) system:

  • Perform Hazard Analysis
  • Define Critical Control Points (CCP)
  • Set Critical Limits
  • Implement Critical Control Monitoring
  • Take Corrective Action
  • Create Procedures
  • Ensure Detailed Record Keeping

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Focus of ISO 22000

ISO 2200 mandates that specific requirements be met within your Food Safety Management System; these include:

  • Your organisation needs to have a Food Safety Policy that outlines your commitment to providing safe food products
  • Measurable objectives are set in order to demonstrate compliance with the policy
  •  You must create and document a Food Safety Management System (FSMS)
  • Analyse and report on the effectiveness of your FSMS
  • Establish a food safety team and assign team members. Ensure they have a supportive infrastructure and working environment for them to carry out their responsibilities effectively
  • Solidify effective communication channels between your organisation and external bodies, such as regulators, that assess your compliance with food safety standards
  • Create an emergency plan and ensure it is known, and tested
  • Instate a committee to review and evaluate the FSMS
  • Ensure that HACCP principles are known, are incorporated into the FSMS, and are followed
  • Implement Prerequisite Programs (PRPs) to ensure your production facilities are effectively mitigating the risks of contamination
  • Defining corrective actions including product recalls
  • Creating and maintaining:
    • Processes that ensure the maintenance of measurement devices
    • Auditing programs to review processes
  • Continuously maintaining your FSMS

Benefits of ISO 22000

  • A sustainable approach to food safety assurance
  • Ensures higher standard of environment and product, leading to greater satisfaction among employees and customers
  • Removes barriers to international trade in the food industry, and strengthens brand reputation, and increases investment potential
  • Provides an advantage over competitors who are not accredited
  • Aligns with Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) food safety management system
  • Greater economic benefit through process improvement, higher return on assets, and enhanced profitability
  • Increases buyer, retailer and consumer confidence within the food industry
  • Manages food safety risks across the whole supply chain
  • Aligns with other management systems including ISO 9001, and ISO 14001

Certification Process

Certification involves GCC assessing your organisation in order to ascertain that management systems meet the requirements of one or more recognised standards. Becoming certified to a nationally or internationally recognised standard is of great benefit to an organization. It improves overall performance, builds confidence within stakeholder groups and broadens the scope of new opportunity.

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ISO 22000 – Food Safety Management System