The International Organization for Standards (ISO) announced in early 2015 that ISO 22000, Food safety management systems — Requirements for any organization in the food chain, was in the process of being updated.
With the revision process ongoing, what do you need to know about ISO 22000 and when will the revised standard be released?
ISO 22000 was first published in 2005. ISO 22000:2005 set out the requirements for the certification of food safety management systems, ensuring fair competition and consolidating common issues on a global level for organizations within the food chain.
The standard is applicable to organizations of all sizes that wish to implement systems to ensure the safety of products. By following the requirements of ISO 22000, an organization can:
- Demonstrate compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements
- Plan, implement, operate, and maintain a food safety management system to ensure the safety of products provided to consumers
- Communicate food safety issues to suppliers
- Evaluate and assess customer requirements and demonstrate compliance to these requirements
- Demonstrate conformity to interested parties
Organizations that meet the requirements of ISO 22000 may seek the certification or registration of their food safety management system by an external organization, or self-assess and declare their conformity to the standard.
ISO 22000 Revision
ISO standards are reviewed every five years. ISO 22000:2005 was first reviewed in 2009 without revision. Five years later, following consultations with users of the standard in 2014, ISO decided that the standard was in need of revision.
The revision will address:
- Clarifying key concepts
- Updating terms and definitions
- Simplifying the standard
- Avoiding prescriptive content
- Ensuring greater coverage of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME)
A committee draft of the new standard has been released and ISO Technical Committee 34, Subcommittee 17, (ISO/TC 34/SC 17), the technical committee responsible for revising the standard is expected to release the final version of the revised standard some time in 2017.
Find more information about ISO 22000 at www.ISO.org.