ISO 22000

Food Safety Management

Improve food safety by reducing risks and following the Codex HACCP Principles.

Use the ISO 22000 framework to keep food safe, from producer to consumer.

What is ISO 22000?

ISO 22000 is a set of guidelines that help businesses to set out and manage a Food Safety Management System (FSMS). The processes and procedures that a business implements through ISO 22000 will help them to identify, monitor, reduce and prevent food safety hazards at any stage of the food chain.

By helping you improve communications along your food supply chain, the ISO 22000 framework will help you deliver safe and healthy food to your customers. This globally recognised standard complies with the Codex HACCP Principles and has regulatory approval.

Using a Food Safety Management System will help you ensure the food you supply is of a high standard and free from contamination.

The Benefits of ISO 22000

By becoming ISO 22000 certified, you will demonstrate your commitment to food safety to customers and other stakeholders. You will also introduce internationally recognised Food Safety Management processes into your business that will strengthen your risk management controls, and improve transparency and accountability. This will enhance your brand’s reputation, which in turn will give you a competitive advantage and help you win new business.

Here are some benefits of using the ISO 22000 framework: 

  1. Embed internationally recognised Food Safety Management processes in your business
  2. Strengthen risk management controls across your food supply chain
  3. Improve the confidence of customers, suppliers and other stakeholders in the safety of your food and your ability to reduce health risks
  4. Improve transparency and accountability in your organisation by clarifying responsibilities
  5. Help you optimise and update your systems through a process of continuous improvement, so they remain effective
  6. Reassure your management team that the organisation has robust and effective food safety procedures across its supply chain
  7. Ensure your entire food supply chain has robust controls that prevent the introduction of hazardous materials and contamination

How much does ISO 22000 cost?

The cost of certification depends on several factors. These include your business sector, your annual turnover, and the number of employees you have. We will also need to know if you require any specific industry accreditation, such as from ASCB or UKAS.

However, we are committed to providing you with a cost-effective route to ISO 22000 implementation and certification. That’s why we focus on making certification straightforward. By spending less time creating complex document trails and more time building a risk management system that works for your business, we can save you money.

To find out how affordable ISO 22000 certification and implementation really is, just use our Fee Calculator and we’ll email you a bespoke quote immediately.

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The Requirements of ISO 22000

The ISO 22000 standard uses a structure of ten clauses called Annex SL which, roughly grouped together, cover four key areas:

  1. Food safety - the processes and procedures your business needs to follow throughout its supply chain in order to keep food safe for consumption
  2. Management Responsibility - the areas where your management team need to focus on, be involved with and be accountable for
  3. Resource Management - how resources such as people, infrastructure and facilities must be assigned to ensure the best possible performance
  4. Measurement, Analysis and Improvement - the final clauses cover how you can determine if your Management System is working as expected, facilitating the continual improvement of your system

Frequently Asked Questions

What is ISO 22000:2018?

What is the difference between HACCP and ISO 22000?

What is ISO 22000:2015?

Is certification required with ISO 22000?

How can QMS help your Business?

The QMS process gets your business certified for success:


Our nationwide team of consultants and auditors has provided certifications to clients ranging from SMEs to blue chip organisations across a broad spectrum of verticals and industries.


Our processes add value at every stage, without taking up unwarranted management time. We commit to providing you with the best possible value for money – including a price promise from the outset, along with the ability to stagger payments at no extra cost.


We remove the red tape and paperwork for you, making the process as smooth and uncomplicated as possible, and ensuring you get the framework that works for you.

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How businesses have benefited from ISO 22000

Client Testimonials of QMS and the ISO Certification Process

    Great and helpful service as always!

    Delightful visit from one of the QMS Consultants - really helpful and enthusiastic. Keen to support the business with its quality endeavours so we're super happy.
    Jack Wise . The Raphael Hospital

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ISO 22000 Certification Process

Our expert consultants will make the ISO 22000 certification process as straightforward as possible for you. This includes helping your business make any necessary changes to its processes.

Our 3-stage certification process ensures you get the help you need at every step. We can even create your Food Safety Management System documentation for you, using our QMS Connect portal, saving you time and money.

Once you have achieved certification you will need to pass an audit each year. This is to ensure your business continues to benefit from the ISO 22000 food safety management system. Your first audit will be one year after you receive your certificate.

Once you have achieved certification the certification cycle will commence. This is made up of surveillance and re-certification audits, one of which must take place each year, around the anniversary of your certification. These visits confirm your continued compliance with the Standard and verify the validity of your certification.

Your all-in-one Management System Solution

QMS Connect delivers all the tools you need to achieve and maintain ISO compliance.

With simple navigation, real-time reporting and the ability to modify and update content on the go, QMS Connect keeps you in control. Accessible online via your computer, tablet or smartphone 24 hours a day, QMS Connect helps you manage your ISO Management System in real-time.

QMS Connect helps engage your teams, so that you can capture data that will drive business decisions – increasing repeat business, reducing customer complaints and ultimately saving you both time and money.

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ISO 22000 Resources

    Guide to ISO certification

    Why you should choose QMS to assist your business with ISO certification

    General downloads

    Standard Overview: ISO 22000

    Overview of the ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System Standard

    Understand the Basics of ISO 22000

    ISO 22000 downloads

    Case Study: Yadly Marketing

    A real life case study of a company that obtained ISO 22000 certification

    A real life case study of a company that obtained ISO 22000 certification 

    ISO 22000 downloads

    QMS International Company Profile

    Find out about QMS, our achievements and some of our clients

    General downloads

    Checklist for ISO 22000:2018 implementation

    Understand what ISO 22000 requires from your business

    ISO 22000 downloads

Latest ISO 22000 news

At QMS we are constantly updating our approach and process to meet the latest changes in how ISO 22000 works.

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    ISO 22000 Update – how will Certified Businesses be Impacted?

    In June we saw the release of the latest version of the food safety management Standard, ISO 22000. Find out how this change affects businesses currently using an ISO 22000:2005 Management System.


    ISO 22000:2018 Published

    The latest version of ISO 22000 Food Safety Management has been published, coming with big changes to the way risk is considered and to the structure of the Standard itself.



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