ISO 22000 Food Safety Management | NQA

ISO 22000 is designed to harmonize on a global scale the requirements for food safety management for businesses within the food chain.

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Food Safety, Food Chain, Farm to Fork, Hazard Controls, Supply Chain, HACCP

WHAT IS ISO 22000?

ISO 22000 combines and supplements the core elements of ISO 9001 and HACCP to provide an effective framework for the development, implementation, monitorization and continual improvement of a documented Food Safety Management System (FSMS) within the context of the organization’s overall business risks.

It is intended to be used by organizations seeking to establish a more focussed, coherent and integrated FSMS than is normally required by law. The standard requires meeting any applicable food safety related statutory and regulatory criteria into its food safety system.



ISO 22000 is applicable to any organization within the food chain, regardless of size, from feed producers, primary producers through food manufacturers, transport and storage operators and subcontractors to retail and food outlets.

The standard may be applied to inter-related organizations such as producers of equipment, packaging material, cleaning agents, additives and ingredients. It may be applied to service providers.

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


The development of a FSMS represents a “proactive”, systematic and logical approach to address the problems of food safety.

The structure of the standard closely resembles that of existing International Standards. It is intended that this common approach will enable organizations that integrate a single management system that meets the requirements of two or more other management system standards (ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001, OSHAS 18001 and ISO 22301).

  1. The system helps you to reduce food safety breach investigation time.
  2. It increases your confidence with customers and other interested parties
  3. It increases the competitiveness of your organization.
  4. Useful for anticipating possible food crisis.
  5. Ideal for responding to situations that can compromise the food safety of both products and production processes.
  6. Improves knowledge of the legal requirements that apply to food safety.
  7. Improves the image of your organization.

This standard benefits your organization, since it provides greater transparency, thanks to minimizing the main food risks, on the one hand, while providing greater security to both customers and the end consumer, on the other. 


Application for registration is made by completing the FSMS Quote Request Form. This provides information about your organization so we can accurately define the scope of assessment.

Assessment to ISO 22000 is undertaken by NQA - this consists of two mandatory visits that form the Initial Certification Audit.
Certification is issued by NQA and maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a three yearly recertification audit. 

For further information on the audit stages click here.


Gap Analysis - We can undertake a gap analysis to help you determine the likely workload and timescale for implementing an food management system that will achieve ISO 22000 certification. You can use this to plan implementation or brief a consultant.

Consultancy - We don't provide consultancy but we can help you choose a reputable consultant from the NQA Associate Consultant Register.

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We can advise you on how to achieve certification, related training, useful resources and finding a reputable consultant.

You can complete a quick quote online or contact one of our business advisors to discuss your certification needs on +357 25335699 or use our contact us form.