ISO 22000

Certification ISO 22000

Requirements for a food safety management system.

The ISO 22000 standard can be applied in all organisations involved in the food chain, which ranges from agricultural primary production (farmers), through feed manufacturers, food processors, food warehouses, transporters, all service providers (cleaning, DDD, etc.), to retail and catering. Other organisations indirectly involved in the food chain are also an integral part of the food chain, such as manufacturers of machinery and equipment, packaging materials, cleaners, additives and ingredients, cleaning and disinfecting products used in the food and agri-food sector, organisations providing sanitation, pest control and disinsection (organisations that can influence food safety through their supplies). The newest standard in the field of food safety management is not just a matter for food manufacturers, as is the case for example with the BRC and IFS hygiene standards, or for packagers with the BRC/IoP standard and transporters with the IFS Logistic standards. ISO 22000 incorporates the requirements for a management system known from ISO 9001 together with hygiene requirements and is therefore suitable for all companies involved in any way in the process by which a primary raw material becomes a final product in the consumer's home.


The ISO 22000 standard can be divided into three parts

  • the introduction of prerequisite programmes (good manufacturing and hygiene practice requirements and the necessary essentials)

  • HACCP requirements according to current Codex Alimentarius principles

  • Management system requirements

    Good manufacturing practice requirements are not directly mentioned in the standard, but the standard refers to existing methodologies and procedures.

    The standard is identical in form to ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 and is therefore suitable for the development of an integrated management system. The structure of ISO 22000 takes due account of the requirements of the above standards so that all standards are compatible with each other. There are several significant areas of overlap in both standards which can be seen as a challenge to the meaningful integration of the standards. However, ISO 22000 should be seen as an industry extension, not as an alternative to ISO 9001.

The reasons for this conclusion are as follows:

  • The ISO 9001 standard is not primarily focused on systemic assurance of food safety and health.
  • The ISO 9001 standard primarily addresses organizational quality assurance in an organization and covers areas that ISO 22000 does not address (sales and marketing, HR, partly finance, etc.).

    After the certification audit, a separate certificate is issued.

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