ISO 22000:2018, the international Food Safety Management System standard that specifies the requirements to ensure safe production throughout the entire food chain was published by ISO on June 19th, 2018.
Directed to all food and feed organizations, regardless of size, sector or geographical location, ISO 22000:2018 is structured to provide process improvements and its design offer preventive control and risk-based approach to food safety. ISO 22000:2018 Certification can allow an organization either directly or indirectly involved in the food chain to plan, implement, operate, maintain, and update a FSMS providing safe products and services.
If food industries already apply the ISO 22000:2005 standard, they will recognize most of the requirements in ISO 22000:2018. However, there are some changes to ISO 22000:2005 that need to be prepared for transition and comply with ISO 22000:2018.
One of the main changes to this revision is the adoption of ISO’s shared High-Level Structure (HLS). In recent years, HLS has become the common structure for management system standards, and its inclusion makes it easier for organizations to integrate more than one system into their processes at a single time, enhancing compliance, safety, and efficiency.
Purpose of the ISO 22000 Revision
With the revision, the International Organization for Standardization aims to:
- Clarify key concepts that have caused confusion, such as Critical Control Points (CCPs), Operational Prerequisite Programmes (OPRPs) and Prerequisite Programmes (PRPs).
- Improves the readability and usability of the standard
- Ensure that the standard is relevant for actors in the food supply chain
- Ensure that the standard adapted to the needs of SMEs
- Increase the compatibility of ISO 22000 with other management system standards, by adopting a common structure and terminology
Punyam Academy organized ISO 22000:2018 Auditor Training Program from 21st to 22nd September, 2018 at Ahmedabad, India to guide ISO 22000:2005 certified food industries for preparations of transitions to the new ISO 22000:2018 standard. This two-day training program includes everything from basic awareness sessions and material to self-assessments and migration audits.