ISO 22000:2018 Food Safety Management System Published

ISO 22000:2018 Food Safety Management system 

ISO 22000:2018 has been published

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has released the final version of the ISO 22000:2018 food safety management system standard on 19th June 2018. This marks the start of the 3-year transition period for certified companies.

The revised standard aims to fit the entire food chain from production to consumer.

ISO 22000:2018, Food safety management systems – Requirements
for any organization in the food chain, sets out the requirements for
a food safety management system. It defines what an organization
must do to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards
and ensure that food is safe for consumption.

The birth of ISO 22000 ‘Food safety management’ in 2005 gave the global food industry a way to safeguard the supply chain from production to the consumer. Its first major revision, ISO 22000:2018, is published on 19th June 2018. The evolution of the standard reflects a global response to new and emerging industry challenges.

“The revised standard underlines this point by requiring a much wider, risk-based approach to food safety by organisations, their management, suppliers and other interested parties. Effective implementation of ISO 22000:2018 should leave no room for causing any harm to consumers.”

The key changes to the standard include the adoption of the High-Level Structure used by other ISO management system standards; a new approach to understanding risk; clarification of the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle; and clear descriptions of key terms within the operation process (such as Critical Control Points, Operational Prerequisite Programmes and Prerequisite Programmes).

How does it relate to Codex Alimentarius ?

Codex Alimentarius, also known as the “Food Code”, is an internationally recognized series of standards and guidelines referenced in many national laws, providing the foundation for most government authorities to ensure
safe food for consumers. It is developed by the
Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC), a joint venture between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
ISO 22000 is based on the Codex principles for food hygiene and this enables authorities to refer to ISO 22000 in national requirements and government inspections to ensure that all the criteria for food safety are met.

What are the benefits to your business?

ISO 22000 enables organizations to put in place a food safety management system that helps them improve their overall performance when it comes
to food safety.
Key potential benefits of using the standard include:
• 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, which develops food safety guidelines for governments

For more information about ISO 22000:2018, key changes and the transition packages,  contact us.

How to achieve ISO 9001:2015 QMS Certification?

ISO 9001 Certification Process

The 9001 Simplified System gives you all the tools to set up an efficient ISO 9001 quality management system that fits the individual circumstances of your organization. To ensure that you’ll succeed, we include here the import, and valuable information about the documents your organisation needs before you are fully ready to be Certified.

Step 1: Preparation

The first step addresses how to properly prepare the implementation of ISO 9001:2015 at your small or midsize company. It’s not a difficult step but it’s important and should not be missed.

Get an Understanding of ISO 9001:2015

The ISO 9001 quality management system focuses on a large variety of business activities – not merely on quality control. Implementing ISO 9001 will, in some way, affect virtually all of your business processes.

Before setting target dates and diving into the actual ISO 9001 implementation, it is important to understand the ISO 9001:2015 requirements and the implementation steps.

ISO 9001:2015 Training

The new ISO 9001:2015 places emphasis on training and awareness programs. Besides being necessary in order to meet ISO 9001 requirements, proper training will any task easier, faster and smoother. The most obvious candidate for ISO 9001 training is your team who at this point may still be wondering how to proceed in order to get ISO 9001 certification.  You can ask Us to provide the introduction training free of Charges.

Develop your Documented management System

To achieve your ISO 9001:2015 QMS Certification your next step is to prepare the necessary documents which is mentioned in ISO 9001:2015 as Documented information system.

Here are the documents you need to produce if you want to be compliant with ISO 9001:2015. (Please note that some of the documents will not be mandatory if the company does not perform relevant processes.):

  1. Mandatory Documents
S.NO  Document Name  QMS Standard Clause
1. Scope of QMS Clause 4.3
2. Quality Policy Clause 5.2
3. Quality Objectives Clause 6.2
4. Criteria for Evaluation and Selection of Suppliers Clause no 8.4.1
  1. Mandatory Records

And, here are the mandatory records (note that records marked with * are only mandatory in cases when the relevant clause is not excluded):

5 Monitoring and measuring equipment calibration records* clause
6 Records of training, skills, experience and qualifications Clause 7.2
7 Product/service requirements review records Clause
8 Record about design and development outputs review* Clause 8.3.2
9 Records about design and development inputs* Clause 8.3.3
10 Records of design and development controls* Clause 8.3.4
11 Records of design and development outputs * Clause 8.3.5
12 Design and development changes records* Clause 8.3.6
13 Characteristics of product to be produced and service to be provided Clause 8.5.1
14 Records about customer property Clause 8.5.3
15 Production/service provision change control records Clause 8.5.6
16 Record of conformity of product/service with acceptance criteria Clause 8.6
17 Record of nonconforming outputs Clause 8.7.2
18 Monitoring and measurement results Clause 9.1.1
19 Internal audit program Clause 9.2
20 Results of internal audits Clause 9.2
21 Results of the management review Clause 9.3
23 Results of corrective actions Clause 10.1

There are numerous non-mandatory documents that can be used for ISO 9001 implementation.

Procedure for determining context of the organization and interested parties (clauses 4.1 and 4.2)
•    Procedure for addressing risks and opportunities (clause 6.1)
•    Procedure for competence, training and awareness (clauses 7.1.2, 7.2 and 7.3)
•    Procedure for equipment maintenance and measuring equipment (clause 7.1.5)
•    Procedure for document and record control (clause 7.5)
•    Sales procedure (clause 8.2)
•    Procedure for design and development (clause 8.3)
•    Procedure for production and service provision (clause 8.5)
•    Warehousing procedure (clause 8.5.4)
•    Procedure for management of non conformities and corrective actions (clauses 8.7 and 10.2)
•    Procedure for monitoring customer satisfaction (clause 9.1.2)
•    Procedure for internal audit (clause 9.2)
Procedure for management review (clause 9.3)

Your organisation should have a clear idea of your objectives and what benefits it will gain by achieving ISO 9001:2015 Certification. You have to be prepared to incorporate the Quality Management Systems into every area of the business.

All staff must be aware of what is expected of them and where their areas of responsibility lie, in order to achieve ISO 9001 Certification.

Documented Information does not equal “piles of papers” and stack of shelf’s full of files. The standard allows documents to be in any form or type of medium, including, but not limited to paper, magnetic, electronic or optical computer disc, photograph, and master samples. Your team can determine what is appropriate for your organization to demonstrate compliance to the standard and your own processes.

Lastly, the days are gone  when the ISO Auditor and Management Representative sit with auditor in a conference room for several days and come out with an ISO certificate. Today’s ISO auditor is going to talk with the top executive first and work through the entire organization to get proof that the ISO 9001:2015 QMS is a way of life and not just a row of neat binders on a shelf.

ISO Certification Body-  k2A Management is here to help you understand  through the standards and make your journey to certification surprisingly simple.

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ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health & Safety


The world’s much anticipated International Standard for occupational health and safety (OH&S) has just been published, and is set to transform workplace practices globally…..

According to 2017 calculations by the International Labour Organization (ILO), 2.78 million fatal accidents occur at work yearly. This means that, every day, almost 7 700 persons die of work-related diseases or injuries. Additionally, there are some 374 million non-fatal work-related injuries and illnesses each year, many of these resulting in extended absences from work. This paints a sober picture of the modern workplace – one where workers can suffer serious consequences as a result of simply “doing their job”.,…

 ISO 45001 replaceed OHSAS 18001, the world’s former reference for workplace health and safety. Organizations already certified to OHSAS 18001 will have three years to comply with the new ISO 45001 standard, although certification of conformity to ISO 45001 is not a requirement of the standard.

ISO 45001:2018 is the replacement to OHSAS 18001 and is the international ISO standard for Occupational Health and Safety Management Systems (OHSMS).

Not only has the standard supersede OHSAS 18001, it makes integration with other management systems simpler than ever before; because it shares the new common structure defined by Annex SL, it is directly aligned with the 2015 versions of ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

ISO 45001:2018 is applicable to any organization that wishes to establish, implement and maintain an OH&S management system to improve occupational health and safety, eliminate hazards and minimize OH&S risks (including system deficiencies), take advantage of OH&S opportunities, and address OH&S management system non conformity’s associated with its activities.

How ISO 45001:2018 Can Help your organisation?

Implementing ISO 45001:2018 in your organisation can benefit you as:

  • Worker Safety

  • Risk Management

  • Risk Reduction

  • Injury Prevention

  • Enhanced Occupational Health Measures

  • Statutory Identification and Compliance Evaluation

  • Improve Productivity

  • Enhance Organizational Safety Culture