ISO 22000 – Food Safety Management System

ISO 22000 food safety management systems is an international standard which specifies the requirements for a food safety management system. It involves interactive communication, system management, prerequisite programmes and HACCP principles.

ISO 22000 sets out the requirements for a food safety management system and can be certified to. It maps out what an organization needs to do to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards in order to ensure that food is safe. It can be used by any organization regardless of its size or position in the food chain.

Published first in 2005, ISO 22000 food safety management systems are an opportunity to harmonize the requirements for managing safety and controlling risks within all parts of the food supply chain and in so doing offer consistency and best practice on a global basis.

A standard that is relevant to all parts of the food supply chain regardless of size, from ‘farm to fork’ it is also applicable to suppliers of non-food products and services, like cleaning, equipment manufacturers and transport companies.

Benefits of ISO 22000 Certification

  • Integration shares a similar format to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 making it suitable for the development of an integrated risk based management system
  • Show commitment helps you to manage food safety hazards and risks and communicate this publicly giving stakeholders confidence that you are serious about safety
  • Commercially ISO 22000 is recognized throughout the global food chain and larger food producers in particular may favor those with ISO 22000

  • Cost saving Many food companies currently have to meet the requirements of numerous standards and schemes. ISO 22000 gives an opportunity to harmonize all HACCP based standards
  • Compliance organizations need to show their compliance with all relevant statutory and regulatory food safety requirements in addition to adherence to their own stated food safety policy