A guide to ISO 22000:2018
When it comes to food and food production, keeping food items safe is of critical importance. Food safety requires the implementation of hygienic practices and traceability at every step of the supply chain. That’s where ISO 22000:2018 comes in. ISO 22000:2018, Food safety management systems– requirements for any organisation in the food chain, sets out the requirements for a food safety management system and defines what an organisation must do to showcase its ability to control safety hazards and ensure that food is safe for consumption.
As the latest version of ISO 22000 is relatively new, we thought it suitable to set out a short guide to this version of the standard. ISO 22000:2018 was released in June of 2018. With the release of this standard the previous version, namely ISO 22000:2005, was withdrawn. Companies certified to the ISO 22000:2005 standard have to transition their certificate within the 3-year transition period, which is ending in June 2021.
The new standard takes the advances and changes within this sector into account, as food-related processes have changed since the original standard was published more than ten years ago. This standard follows the same high-level structure (HLS) as other widely applied ISO standards, including ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
- A stronger emphasis on the responsibility of leadership.
- The application of a risk-based approach to the development of FSMS.
- Improved compatibility with other ISO management system standards.
- Clarification of key concepts.
- Widened scope: the standard now explicitly includes animal food.
- Definition changes.
All the requirements of ISO 22000:2018 are generic, intended to apply to all organisations in the food chain, regardless of size and complexity. The organisations that are involved, whether directly or indirectly, include: feed producers, harvesters of wild plants and animals, farmers, animal food producers, retailers, food manufacturers, transportation, storage and distribution services, and packaging.
For organisations certified to ISO 22000:2005, we suggest commencing with the transition process as soon as possible, in order to ensure a seamless transition. This standard can be very beneficial for businesses, boasting benefits including:
- The ability to consistently provide food-related products and services that are safe and meet regulatory requirements.
- Improved management of risks in food safety processes.
- Demonstrating strong links to the United Nations’ Codex Alimentarius (a collection of internationally recognised standards, codes of practice, guidelines, and other recommendations relating to foods, food production, and food safety).
For more information about ISO 22000:2018 and the certification process, please contact DQS.
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