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 ISO standard is currently at the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage and the publication of the revised standard is expected by June 2018.
The main changes to the standard
The main proposed changes to the standard include modifications to its structure and clarifying key concepts such as:
- The high level structure: the new version of ISO 22000 will follow the same structure as all the other ISO management system standards, the High Level Structure (HLS)
- The risk approach: the standard will include a different approach to understanding risk
- The PDCA cycle: the standard clarifies the Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle, by having two separate cycles working together; one covering the management system and the other covering the principles of HACCP
- The operation process: a clear description is included of the differences between key terms.
Who is responsible for the revision
The revision of the standard is carried out by specialists from over 30 countries with expertise in establishing, implementing and auditing food safety management systems.
How LRQA can help
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.