ISO 22000, Food safety management systems - Requirements for any organization in the food chain, was first published in 2005. The standard provides international harmonization in the field of food safety standards, offering a tool to implement HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) throughout the food supply chain.

The goal of ISO 22000 is to control, and reduce to an acceptable level, any safety hazards identified for the end products delivered to the next step of the food chain. (An end product is defined as a product that will not undergo any further processing or transformation by the organization)

HISTORY OF ISO 22000:2018

Since the first publication of ISO 22000 in 2005, users along the supply chain have been facing new food safety challenges - spurring a need for the standard to be revised. ISO 22000 standard was published in June 2018.

It is normal process for an ISO standard to be revised. In fact, every 5 years standards are reviewed to determine whether a revision is necessary, to ensure that the standards remain as relevant and useful to businesses as possible.

ELEMENTS OF ISO 22000:2018

The key elements can be described as follows:

Involvement of the management team

Food safety is not just something to be handled by the quality department. It is a top-management issue. ISO 22000 focuses on the involvement of the management team, which has to develop overall policy.


As food safety hazards may be introduced at any stage of the food chain, interactive communication both upstream and downstream is essential. In addition, internal communication is a key element to avoiding misunderstandings and minimizing risks. A common vocabulary is a great help in this connection.

The HACCP (Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point) principles

ISO 22000 combines the recognized HACCP principles with prerequisite programmes. The hazard analysis determines a strategy and the prerequisite programmes set up an action plan.

System management

ISO 22000 relies on a structured management system based on relevant parts of ISO 9001. It is possible to integrate them into one management system together with ISO 14001.

Prerequisite Program

The prerequisite programmes are classified into 2 subcategories. The Infrastructure and Maintenance programs which cover permanent features in food safety. The Operational prerequisite programs are designed to reduce the risk of hazards in the product or processing environment.


Examples can include goals to improve on time delivery, defects, and controlling of OHS risk & reduction in Lost Time Injury Rate, The objectives should be designed to be S.M.A.R.T (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-based):

Examples of FSMS Objectives:

Target line: Yearly

  • To respond to customer complaints within x hours
  • To reduce the number of customer complaints by x% on previous year.
  • To maintain a minimum 'G-rating' for our third party certification audit.
  • To complete all verification activities within 5 days of the scheduled date.
  • To complete food safety induction training for new employees before job commencement.
  • To ensure that there is no listeria monocytogenes detected in any of x product.
  • To maintain a minimum of x% for all internal GMP audits.
  • To not have any food recalls during the present year.


The Certification process shall consist of the following key stages:

  • Application Review & Contract Review
  • Initial Certification Audit: Stage - 1 & Stage 2 Audit
  • Certification Decision
  • Continual Assessment (Surveillance Audit)
  • Renewal Audit
  • Suspending, Withdrawing, Extending or Reducing Scope of Certification


With the right preparation and a good understanding of what is required for ISO 22000 Certification, Some documentation needed ready for Certification Process. The documentation will define:

  • FSMS Manual
  • Records for Management Review
  • Records for Responsibility & Authority
  • Records for Communication
  • Records for Emergency Preparedness
  • Records of Education, Training, Skills & Experience
  • Records Needed to Provided Evidence that the realization of Safe Products & Planning for the same
  • Records of Results of Prerequisite Programmes (PRPs)
  • Records for Data Collection for Hazard Analysis
  • Records for Verification of Flow Diagrams
  • Records for Hazard Analysis
  • Records for Hazard Assessment
  • Records for Effective Monitoring of Control Measures
  • Records for Established Operational PRPs
  • Records for HACCP Plan
  • Records for Selection & Implementation of CCP (Critical Control Points)
  • Records for Monitoring of CCP
  • Records for Verification Activities
  • Traceability (Where it is Requirement)
  • Records for Correction
  • Records for Corrective Action
  • Records for Potentially Unsafe Products
  • Records for Release of Unsafe Products as Safe
  • Records of Authority Responsible for Release of Product
  • Records for Disposition of Nonconforming Products
  • Records for Withdrawals of Unsafe Products
  • Records for Validation of Control Measure Combinations
  • Results of Calibration & Verification
  • Records of Internal Audits
  • Records of Analysis of Verification Activities
  • Records of Continual Improvement
  • Records of System Updating

BENEFITS OF ISO 22000:2018

  • Demonstrates commitment to customer satisfaction
  • Give suppliers and stakeholders confidence in your hazard controls
  • Put these hazard controls in place across your supply chain
  • Introduce transparency around accountability and responsibilities
  • Continually improve and update your systems so it stays effective
  • Decrease in returns as a result of decrease in nonstandard production and image protection
  • Embed and improve the internal processes needed to provide consistently safe food
  • Forming discipline in production and transactions
  • Increasing management efficiency
  • Decrease in unit of harmed product
  • Requires that all Hazards that may be reasonably expected to occur in the food chain are identified, assessed and controlled.
  • Ensure adequate control at all stages of the food supply chain to prevent the introduction of food safety hazards.


Roadmap and plan for ISO 22000 Covering key Points:

    Training on Standard Requirement Organizations needs to have the knowledge, skills and capability to support a standard beyond the certification audit.
    GAP Analysis: We do gap analysis, CCP analysis, HACCP analysis, PRP analysis, Health and safety to identify what you do and what ISO 22000 recommends to do, it may be process addition or modification to adopt International Best Practices.
    System Document Development: Based on the training the client reviews their own management system and evaluates their existing policies and procedures and modifies them to comply with the best practice.
    Internal Auditor: Training Regular internal audits against the system are the requirements of the standard.
    Standard Implementation: Client must ensure that their employees are adopting the new protocols and procedures inline of the standards.
    Internal Audit: Client conducts an internal audit of their management system implementation. They must examine their own processes and procedures in terms of effectiveness.
    Management Review: Client to discuss the future of their management system with their senior management about the strengths and weakness of the system to identify areas for continual improvement.
    Pre-assessment: A pre-assessment audit done prior to and outside the formal scope of certification to identify area that need more work whilst also preparing key employees for the eventual audits. A useful audit to rehearse, align and de-bug your system:
    Stage 1 - Assessment: Document Review
    Stage 2 - Assessment: Run through of the implemented systems.
    Certification Issue A certificate is provided to your organization.
    Continuing assessment Visit
    A routine surveillance visit which every year or 12 months cycle over a three year period to monitor and evaluate continuing systems performance.
    Re certification of your management system is required every three years after the initial certification and covers a comprehensive review of the whole system. It may include an additional stage 1 review where significant problems have been encountered during the course of the certification cycle.


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