ISO 22000:2018 – Food Safety Management Systems Certification
Process we follow for ISO 22000 FSMS Certifications
ISO 22000:2018 is a globally recognized standard for food safety management systems (FSMS) that helps businesses to manage their food safety risks and ensure the safety and quality of their food products. The certification process for ISO 22000 evaluates a company’s FSMS against the standard’s requirements and confirms that the company has the ability to manage its food safety risks in a systematic and effective manner.
The certification process for ISO 22000 consists of several stages:
Application: A business seeking certification submits an application to a certification body. The application includes details about the business’s FSMS and operations.
Document Review: The certification body reviews the business’s FSMS documentation to ensure that it meets the requirements of ISO 22000.
On-site Audit: The certification body conducts an on-site audit to evaluate the business’s FSMS processes and operations. The audit includes interviews with employees, observations of processes, and reviews of records and documents.
Corrective Action: If any non-conformities or areas of improvement are identified during the audit, the business must take corrective action to address these issues.
Certification Decision: The certification body makes a certification decision based on the results of the audit and corrective action taken by the business.
Surveillance Audits: The certification body conducts regular surveillance audits to ensure that the business continues to meet the requirements of ISO 22000.
Principles of ISO 22000
The ISO 22000 standard is based on several principles that help businesses manage their food safety risks in a systematic and effective manner. These principles include:
Hazard Analysis: The business must identify and assess food safety hazards and develop controls to prevent or minimize their impact.
Communication: The business must communicate effectively with all stakeholders in the food supply chain, including suppliers, customers, and regulatory authorities.
Management System: The business must establish and maintain a food safety management system that meets the requirements of ISO 22000.
Prerequisite Programs: The business must implement prerequisite programs, such as sanitation and hygiene practices, to ensure food safety.
Continuous Improvement: The business must continually monitor and improve its FSMS to ensure the ongoing effectiveness of its controls.
Benefits of ISO 22000 Certification
ISO 22000 certification provides several benefits to businesses, including:
Enhanced Food Safety: By implementing an FSMS that meets the requirements of ISO 22000, businesses can enhance the safety and quality of their food products, reducing the risk of foodborne illness.
Compliance with Regulations: ISO 22000 certification ensures that a business’s FSMS meets the requirements of the standard and is compliant with food safety regulations and laws.
Cost Savings: By identifying and managing their food safety risks, businesses can reduce the costs associated with product recalls, legal fees, and lost business.
Competitive Advantage: ISO 22000 certification demonstrates a commitment to food safety, providing a competitive advantage in the marketplace.
Stakeholder Confidence: ISO 22000 certification enhances stakeholder confidence by demonstrating a commitment to food safety and responsible business practices.
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