ISO 22000

Prepare your organization to ISO 22000 external audits and proactively capture food safety risks with a handheld device.

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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.

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.

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 Audit Checklist?

An ISO 22000 audit 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.

This article will briefly discuss (1) the benefits of ISO 22000 implementation to your organization; (2) Technology used to prepare your business for ISO 22000 audit and certification; and (3) free downloadable ISO 22000 audit checklists you can customize and use.

ISO 22000 Requirements

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.
  • A 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.

5 Major Benefits of ISO 22000 Implementation to Your Organization

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Technology Used to Prepare Your Business for ISO 22000 Audit 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
  • 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 by SafetyCulture. 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.