ISO 22000:2005 is the international standard for Food Safety Management as set by the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO).
The standard ensures food safety along the manufacturing and supply process by providing a better understanding of the Codex and HACCP principles. In addition it specifies requirements that enable organisations to implement and maintain a food safety management system that is aimed at providing products and services that can be classed as ‘safe’ for the consumer at the point of consumption.
By becoming ISO 22000 certified your organisation will be able to:
- Implement and manage a food safety system which will ensure your organisation conforms to the regulatory and statutory food safety requirements.
- Evaluate and identify customer needs, demonstrating conformity in order to enhance customer satisfaction
- Operate and co-ordinate a system that is aimed at providing products that can be classified, in accordance with their purpose, ‘safe’ at the point of consumption
- Comply with Codex and HACCP principles and communicate these concepts internationally
- Communicate about hazards and food safety issues with partners and suppliers in the food industry
- Make a self-assessment or self-declaration of conformity to ISO 22000
While ISO 22000 is not a mandatory standard, it brings with it a range of benefits including:
- Demonstrate your commitment to food safety to customers, suppliers and partners
- Peace of mind that your products and services are safe for the customers
- Open up business avenues worldwide with an internationally recognised standard
- Stand out from your competitors
ISO 22000 can easily be integrated with other quality management systems such as ISO 9001. It is applicable to all organisations, regardless of size, involved with any aspects of the food industry, including inter-related organisations such as manufacturers of cleaning agents, packaging, ingredients and additives.
For more information about how your organisation could achieve ISO 22000, contact QMS using the contact form above or on 01603 630345.