Back in October 2014, the ISO Technical Committee for management systems for food safety, ISO/TC 34 SC17 announced the revision of ISO 22000:2005.
ISO 22000 is the global food safety management system standard for the whole food supply chain, from growers and producers, processors and packagers to transport and point of sale. It can also extend to suppliers of non-food products and services, like cleaning and equipment manufacturers, and can be used by any size of organisation.
ISO 22000 specifies the requirements for a food safety management system that involves interactive communication, system management, and prerequisite programmes. It focuses on supply chain assurance, has management system principles embedded, and is fully aligned with the HACCP principles of Codex Alimentarius.
The revision will align ISO 22000 with ISO’s high level structure, Annex SL, on which all new standards are to be based. It will also reflect and cover all comments on improvements received about the standard.
The revision, which is currently at Working Draft stage (September 2015), is well under way with the draft version expected in mid- 2016 and the final updated version due for publication in early 2017.
ISO has seen a 14% year-on-year increase in the number of ISO 22000 certificates issued and LRQA anticipates a high level of interest in the revision to this standard.
LRQA will continue to support users with expert insight and a range of training, gap analysis and assurance services, to enable clients to make a smooth transition to the revised standard when it is published.