ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System Certification

ISO 22000 is a generic food safety management system standard. It defines a set of general food safety requirements that apply to all organizations in the food chain.

If your organization is part of the food chain, ISO 22000 wants you to establish a food safety management system (FSMS). It then wants you to use this system to ensure that food products do not cause adverse human health effects.

ISO 22000 aligns with other management systems, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, to enable effective systems integration.

Who can use ISO 22000?

ISO 22000 can be used by any organization directly or indirectly involved in the food chain including:

  • Primary producers
  • Processors
  • Manufacturers
  • Food service providers
  • Other service providers
  • Product suppliers

In summary, part or all of the ISO 22000 requirements will apply to any products that contacts the food industry or the food chain.

What are the benefits of ISO 22000 registration?

  • Customer satisfaction
    Through delivery of products that consistently meet customer requirements including quality, safety and legality.
  • Reduced operating costs
    Through continual improvement of processes and resulting operational efficiencies.
  • Operational efficiencies
    By integrating pre-requisite programs (PRP’s & OPRP’s), HACCP with the Plan-Do-Check-Act philosophies of ISO 9001 to increase the effectiveness of the Food Safety Management System.
  • Improved stakeholder relationships
    Including staff, customers and suppliers.
  • Legal compliance
    By understanding how statutory and regulatory requirements impact the organization and its customers and testing compliance through internal audits and management reviews
  • Improved risk management
    Through greater consistency and traceability of product.
  • Proven business credentials
    Through independent verification against recognized standards.
  • Ability to win more business
    Particularly where procurement specifications require certification as a condition to supply.

How to register ISO 22000 certification?

The process of registration follows three simple steps:

  1. The applicant filed an application for registration by completing ISO 22000 questionnaire, This provides information about your organisation so we can accurately define the scope of assessment.
  2. Assessment to ISO 22000 conducted by ITCC International – this consists of two mandatory visits that form the Initial Certification Audit (explained below). Please note that the organisation must be able to demonstrate that its quality management system has been fully operative for a minimum of three months and has been subject of a full cycle of internal audits
  3. Registration is granted by ITCC International, following the next stage should be done by the client. The annual program of audit visits supervision (surveillance) should be fully implemented and the process of re-certification after three years of entry into force of the ISO 22000 certification.

Audit Certification Process

Initial Certification Audit

The audit process (assessment) in order to obtain the ISO 22000 certificate consists of two stages Initial Certification Audit as follows:

  • Stage 1

    the purpose of this visit is to confirm that your organisation is ready for full assessment. The assessor will:

    • confirm that the management systems manual conforms to the requirements of ISO 22000
    • confirm its implementation status
    • confirm the scope of certification
    • check PRP’s, OPRP’s, HACCP, legislative compliance and customer requirements
    • produce a report that identifies any non-compliance or potential for non-compliance and agree a corrective action plan if required
    • produce an assessment plan and confirm a date for the Stage 2 assessment visit
  • Stage 2

    the purpose of this visit is to confirm that the management system fully conforms to the requirements of ISO 22000 in practice. The assessor will:

    • undertake sample audits of the processes and activities defined in the scope of assessment including production methods, controls, PRP’s, HACCP plans and procedures, as well as test your personnel’s skills and knowledge in food safety as well as practical application
    • document how the system complies with the standard
    • report any non-compliances or potential for non-compliance
    • produce a visit plan for the first surveillance visit

If the assessor identifies any non-conformance, the organisation cannot be certified until corrective action is taken and verified. This must be undertaken within 90 days.

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