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.