ISO 9001 Guidelines for Food and Drink Industry

ISO has published guidelines for the food and drink industry for implementing quality management systems based on ISO 9001:2000. The new ISO 15161, Guidelines on the Application of ISO 9001:2000 for the Food and Drink industry, is aimed at organizations involved in sourcing, processing, and packaging food and drink products.

ISO 15161 allows an organization to integrate its quality management system with a food safety system such as HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point). It is available for $72.00 at the ANSI Electronic Store.

According to the document authors, application of HACCP within an ISO 9001:2000 quality management system can result in a food safety system that is more effective than the application of either ISO 9001:2000 or HACCP alone, leading to enhanced customer satisfaction and improved organizational effectiveness.

To assist the reader, the requirements of ISO 9001:2000 are given in boxed text, followed by guidance relevant for the industry. Linkages between the basic HACCP principles and specific clauses of ISO 9001:2000 are shown in an appendix.