ISO 22000 Food Safety Management | NQA

ISO 22000 is the International Standard for Food Safety Management Systems.

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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 and continual improvement of a Food Safety Management System (FSMS).


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

  • Farms, fisheries and dairies
  • Processors of meats, fish and feed
  • Manufacturers of bread and cereals, beverages, canned and frozen food
  • Food service providers such as restaurants, fast food chains, hospitals and hotels and mobile caterers
  • Supporting services including food storage and distribution and suppliers of food processing equipment, additives, raw materials, cleaning and sanitizing products, and packaging.

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


  • 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 recognised standards
  • Ability to win more business – particularly where procurement specifications require certification as a condition to supply.


  • Application for registration is made by completing the ISO 22000 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 (explained below). 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.

  • Certification is issued by NQA and maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a three yearly recertification audit.

Initial Certification Audit

Stage 1 - The purpose of this visit is to confirm the readiness of the organization 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 food safety 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.

Please note that if any major non-conformance is identified, the organization cannot be certified until corrective action is taken and verified.


Client Success Stories - We've helped thousands of clients throughout the food chain to improve performance with standards certification – read their success stories 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.

Get a Quote - We'll give you a clear indication of the costs of gaining and maintaining certification, contact our sales team directly here.


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

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