ISO 22000 food safety management systems

ISO 22000 food safety management systems is an international standard which specifies the requirements for a food safety management system. It involves interactive communication, system management, prerequisite programmes and HACCP principles.

Benefits of ISO 22000

  • Integration – shares a similar format to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 making it suitable for the development of an integrated risk based management system
  • Show commitment – helps you to manage food safety hazards and risks and communicate this publicly giving stakeholders confidence that you are serious about safety
  • Commercially – ISO 22000 is recognised throughout the global food chain and larger food producers in particular may favour those with ISO 22000.
  • Cost saving – Many food companies currently have to meet the requirements of numerous standards and schemes. ISO 22000 gives an opportunity to harmonise all HACCP based standards

  • Compliance – organisations need to show their compliance with all relevant statutory and regulatory food safety requirements in addition to adherence to their own stated food safety policy

ISO 22000 Revision

ISO 22000 is being revised to ensure it meets new food safety requirements throughout the supply chain. For further information visit our ISO 22000 Revision page.

Why choose LRQA for ISO 22000?

Experience - LRQA has been at the forefront of standards development and involved in SMS assessment and certification for years

Proven Track Record - We have high-profile clients in the food processing, food manufacturing and packaging industries.

BRC Specialists - Our assessors are management experts in food safety

What is ISO 22000 certification?

Published in 2005, ISO 22000 food safety management systems are an opportunity to harmonise the requirements for managing safety and controlling risks within all parts of the food supply chain and in so doing offer consistency and best practice on a global basis.

A standard that is relevant to all parts of the food supply chain regardless of size, from 'farm to fork' it is also applicable to suppliers of non-food products and services, like cleaning, equipment manufacturers and transport companies. It’s suitability for all stakeholders in the chain also makes it an ideal tool to implement HACCP throughout the food supply chain. The standard has three parts:

  • references to good manufacturing practices and existing practices
  • requirements for HACCP according to the HACCP principles of the Codex Alimentarius
  • requirements for a management system

ISO 22000:2005 requires organisations to plan, implement, operate and maintain a food safety management system that consistently provides products that are safe for consumption.

LRQA was instrumental in the development of the standard as a member of the ISO 22000 working group, which means our customers will be assured of accurate information. We were also one of the first to be accredited by UKAS to provide services to this global standard.

LRQA can provide gap analysis and certification to ISO 22000 and, where appropriate, we can also combine your assessment with other standards and schemes such as the BRC Global Food Standard and the International Food Standard (IFS).

Organisations can also opt to gain certification to FSSC 22000, which is the first global food safety standard specifically targeted at the food manufacturing sector.