Food Safety Management

ISO 22000

ISO 22000:2018 is the International Food Safety standard for businesses within the food chain.

What is ISO 22000?

ISO 22000:2018 is the newly revised International Food Safety standard, designed to harmonize on a global scale the requirements for food safety management for businesses within the food chain.

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.

Helps you with

  • Food safety
  • Food chain
  • Farm to fork
  • Hazard controls
  • Supply chain
  • HACCP
  • Food business strategy
  • Food traceability

Benefits of Food Safety Certification

Cuts investigation time to a minimum

The management system helps you to reduce food safety breach investigation time.

Customer satisfaction

Deliver products that consistently meet customer requirements and a service that is dependable and can be relied on.

Global recognition as a reputable supplier

Certification is recognized internationally and accepted throughout industry supply chains, setting industry benchmarks for sourcing suppliers.

Proven business credentials

Independent verification against a globally recognized industry standard speaks volumes.

Legal compliance

Understand how statutory and regulatory requirements impact your organization and its customers.

Ability to win more business

Procurement specifications often require certification as a condition to supply, so certification opens doors.

Respond to situations

Ideal for responding to situations that can compromise the food safety of both products and production processes.

Is ISO 22000 right for me?

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.

Why implement an ISO 22000 system?

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, ISO 45001 and ISO 22301).

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



Steps to Certification

  1. Step 1

    Complete a Quote Request Form so that we can understand your company and requirements. You can do this by completing either the online quick quote or the online formal quote request form. We will use this information to accurately define your scope of assessment and provide you with a proposal for certification.

  2. Step 2

    Once you’ve agreed your proposal, we will contact you to book your assessment with an NQA Assessor. This assessment consists of two mandatory visits that form the Initial Certification Audit. Please note that you must be able to demonstrate that your management system has been fully operational for a minimum of three months and has been subject to a management review and full cycle of internal audits.

  3. Step 3

    Following a successful two stage audit, a certification decision is made and if positive, then certification to the required standard is issued by NQA. You will receive both a hard and soft copy of the certificate. Certification is valid for three years and is maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a three yearly recertification audit.

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