Introduction to ISO 22000: Food Safety Management System

Food Safety Management System

What is ISO 22000 certification?

From farm to fork, food safety is of utmost concern for all consumers. Contamination from lack of hygiene or mishandling of food leads to the spread of diseases.

This can be avoided should all food supply chain operators (such as food producers involved in food manufacturing, producing, processing, preserving, catering, storing, packaging, transporting and operating of restaurants/cafes) implement a food safety management system to ensure the entire food supply chain of hygienic and safe food products and services.

Over the past decades, food safety agencies like the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) have come up with regulations like the FSSC 22000, with the common goal to improve the food supply chains and food industry in general. In 2005, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published the ISO 22000, and included many crucial elements from the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and Prerequisite Programmes (PRPs).

Since then, most companies from many countries all over the world have adopted the ISO 22000 and recognised it as a reference for the Food Safety Management System. The latest revision was released in 2018 as the ISO 22000:2018.

Potential benefits for organisations with ISO 22000:2018 certification

The ISO 22000:2018 standard defines the requirements for organisations, to demonstrate their ability in ensuring that food is safe for consumption.

This standard serves as a guideline in the implementation of a food safety management system, comprising effective processes and best practices, to food producers and other interested parties.

Besides that, companies with the ISO 22000 certification can also:

  1. Increase trust and satisfaction from final consumer, through consistent provision of safe products;

  2. Meet applicable statutory and regulatory requirements;

  3. Address business risks while focusing on organisational objectives;

  4. Increase organisational productivity and efficiency; and

  5. Continually improve the FSMS based on effective feedback.

Why Work With Stendard?

Our focus is always on effective training of your team to ensure that everyone knows what ISO standards are and what the food safety requirements under the requirements of ISO 22000 certification are. 

Our step-by-step process:

  • Understanding your food product, services and the entire food supply chain;

  • Providing a detailed explanation of the certification process;

  • Ensuring the relevant Critical Control Points and Prerequisite programs are well-established in a practical approach;

  • Ensuring the competency of your team, which includes the conduct of training courses;

  • Explaining the auditable requirements of ISO 22000

  • Performing annual internal audits with your team in preparation of certification/audits; and

  • Recommending your team to third-party certification bodies providing audit services.

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