ISO 22000:2018 Checklist & PDF Report

Prepare your organization for ISO 22000 audits and proactively capture food safety risks using handheld devices

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Published 26 Jul 2022

What is ISO 22000?

ISO 22000 is a Food Safety Management System (FSMS) that sets global standards to benchmark quality, safety, and processes across food industries. It combines and supplements the core elements of ISO 9001 and HACCP to ensure food safety on the global supply chain, prevents food risks, and control food contamination.

This article will discuss the following:

What is ISO 22000 Audit?

ISO 2200 audit is performed by external auditors to evaluate your organization if you are eligible for certification. It is conducted to assess business compliance with:

  • applicable statutory and regulatory food safety requirements;
  • risk management and corrective actions;
  • sanitary and safe environment programs; and
  • leadership and management systems.

What is an ISO 22000 Checklist?

An ISO 22000 checklist is a tool used to prepare for, implement and assess Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS). It can be used in the last stage of the internal audit and self-assessment processes in preparation for external auditor certification.

ISO 22000 vs FSSC 2200 vs BRC

One of the most frequently asked questions about ISO 22000 is how different it is from two other renowned food safety standards: FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification) and BRC, now called BRCGS (British Retail Consortium Global Standard for Food Safety). Refer to the table below in order to spot the main differences between ISO 22000, FSSC 22000, and BRC:


ISO 22000

FSSC 22000


Certification Process

2-stage onsite audit

2-stage onsite audit

1-stage onsite audit

Certification Approach

Combines and supplements core elements of ISO 9001 (click here to view ISO 9001 checklist)

Framework approach to implement a process-based FSMS

Prescriptive on food safety procedures and guidelines (click here to view BRC requirements)

Scope of Requirements

Includes PRPs (pre-requisite programs) and a HACCP-specific food safety plan

Expands ISO 22000 standard with specific requirements (click here to view additional requirements)

Includes a HACCP-specific food safety plan

Nonconformity (NC) Closeout / Deadline for Corrective Actions

Within 14 days

Within 30 days

Within 28 days

Recertification Period / Validity of Certificate

Every 3 years with surveillance audits once a year

Every 3 years with surveillance audits once a year

Every 6 or 12 months, depending on the assessed grade

Recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)




Benefits of Implementing ISO 22000

ISO 22000 helps in improving organizations’ food safety performance. It is a systematic way of addressing food safety issues such as unsafe food importation, foodborne illnesses, food contamination, and insufficient food security. Implementing ISO 22000 will benefit your organization with the following:

Compliance with global regulatory requirements

ISO 22000 sets internationally-recognized food safety standards for controlling food hazards. It helps the organization to grow globally with a recognized food safety processes and prevents costly ramifications, such as fines, penalties, product recalls, or business shutdown.

Promote health and safety regulation

Health and safety regulation is paramount to any businesses. It is implemented across industries to protect and secure your consumers as well as your employees. ISO 22000 helps minimize health and safety risks such as chemical contamination, diarrhoeal diseases, food risks, and work-related incidents and injuries.

Improve food risk response rate

FSMS in place helps businesses to respond immediately to any unexpected food safety issues. It diminishes the time to investigate food safety breaches which can give businesses more time to solve the problem.

Improve business credibility and transparency

Business credibility relies on product expertise and customer feedback. ISO 22000 allows the business to showcase their food safety management systems to ensure and deliver high-quality food products and services.

Increase business development and growth

ISO 22000 helps secure business continual improvement plans on food safety systems. It is used to identify improvement needs and develop new strategies to deliver remarkable products to satisfy the consumer’s needs.

ISO 22000 Tool to Help Prepare for Audits and Certification

Achieving ISO 22000 certification requires significant documentation, recordkeeping, and organization-wide communication efforts. Traditional pen and paper are burdensome for auditors in re-entering gathered data on a computer, and manually hand over audit reports. Choosing the right technology can ensure a smooth implementation and streamline processes in resolving food safety risks. Using iAuditor by SafetyCulture, a mobile-ready inspection app, you can:

  • Document significant information using a handheld device
  • Capture and annotate photo evidence of hazards and non-compliant items
  • Attach detailed notes of observations and recommendations
  • Assign corrective actions for immediate rectifications of food safety risks
  • Save and secure gathered information in the cloud. View a sample report of ISO 22000 PDF here.
  • Generate, share, and access real-time reports within the organization
  • Schedule ISO 22000 audits to reinforce safety practices and proactively discover food safety issues.
  • Analyze internal audit results and observe safety trends.

Download from this free collection of ISO 22000 PDF and digital checklists converted into digital mobile checklists using iAuditor. These checklists can be used to help prepare for and identify gaps for achieving ISO 22000 certification. In addition, we have included HACCP and GMP templates you can use as part of implementing your overall FSMS with our internal audit software.

ISO 22000 FAQs

Last June 2018, ISO 22000:2018 was released as it adopts High Level Structure (HLS) as an international standard. It is a revision of ISO 22000:2005 due to new challenges faced by users along the supply chain in managing the organizational needs to control and deal with food safety hazards.

ISO 22000 requires Food Safety Management System to ensure safe practices are followed within the organization. This documentation should include the following:

  • An effective Prerequisite Programs (PRP) to control the likelihood of introducing food contamination and an unsanitary environment.
  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan to identify and control biological, chemical, and physical hazards present in food manufacturing and production.
  • A documented food safety management system that monitors food safety from management and business planning down to food production, handling, and day-to-day operation.

ISO 22000 provides a framework for measuring and assessing food safety risks and performance. It allows an organization’s ability to comply with industry standards related to food safety. While it is voluntary to certify for ISO 22000, it does prove to be beneficial for producers, manufacturers, regulators and retailers, and most importantly consumers. Below are some reasons why it is important to certify for ISO 22000: 

  • It provides you with a proactive, systematic, and logical approach to identifying food safety hazards and risks
  • Reduces and eliminates risks of foodborne illnesses 
  • Helps maintain compliance with food safety standards relevant to your region 
  • Increase efficiency, quality, and safety across the food chain 
  • Improves reputation and gives you a competitive edge in the industry
Jona Tarlengco - SafetyCulture Staff Writer

SafetyCulture Content Specialist

Jona Tarlengco

Jona Tarlengco is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2018. She usually writes about safety and quality topics, contributing to the creation of well-researched articles. Her 5-year experience in one of the world’s leading business news organisations helps enrich the quality of the information in her work.

Jona Tarlengco is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2018. She usually writes about safety and quality topics, contributing to the creation of well-researched articles. Her 5-year experience in one of the world’s leading business news organisations helps enrich the quality of the information in her work.