ISO 22006 for Crops

ISO 22006:2009, Quality Management Systems – Guidelines for the Application of ISO 9001:2008 to Crop Production, has been published. It gives guidelines to assist crop producers in the adoption of ISO 9001:2008 for crop production processes.

The term “crop” includes seasonal crops (such as grains, pulses, oilseeds, spices, fruits, and vegetables), row-planted crops that are cultivated, perennial crops that are managed over a period of time, and wild crops that are not formally planted or managed. Horticultural crops provide an even broader range of types from annual and perennial fruits, vegetables, and ornamental flowering plants to perennial shrubs and trees, and root crops.

These diverse crops require a broad range of planting, cultivating, pest control, and harvesting methods and practices. Decisions regarding planting, growing, and harvesting activities can be similar, although specific steps can be quite different when considering the range of crops.

ISO 22006:2009 gives guidelines on the use and application of ISO 9001:2008 for the establishment and management of a quality management system by an organization involved in crop production. It is not intended to change, add, or reduce the requirements of ISO 9001:2008, nor is it intended for certification.

Further down the supply chain, in manufacturing processes, the language of ISO 9001:2008, ISO 15161 (Guidelines on the Application of ISO 9001:2000 for the Food and Drink Industry), or ISO 22000 (Food Safety Management Systems – Requirements for any Organization in the Food Chain ) is considered more appropriate.

The need for an ISO 9001:2008-based system containing agricultural terminology became apparent due to difficulties in the interpretation of the language of ISO 9001:2008 for crop production applications.

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