ISO 22000:2018

ISO 22000:2018, “Food safety management systems — Requirements for any organization in the food chain”, has been published to replace ISO 22000:2005.

ISO 22000 specifies requirements for a food safety management system (FSMS) to enable an organization that is directly or indirectly involved in the food chain to:

a) plan, implement, operate, maintain, and update a FSMS providing products and services that are safe, in accordance with their intended use;

b) demonstrate compliance with applicable statutory and regulatory food safety requirements;

c) evaluate and assess mutually agreed customer food safety requirements and to demonstrate conformity with them;

d) effectively communicate food safety issues to interested parties within the food chain;

e) ensure that the organization conforms to its stated food safety policy;

f) demonstrate conformity to relevant interested parties;

g) seek certification or registration of its FSMS by an external organization, or make a self-assessment or self-declaration of conformity to this document.

All ISO 22000 requirements are generic and are intended to be applicable to all organizations in the food chain, regardless of size and complexity. Organizations that are directly or indirectly involved include, but are not limited to,

  • feed producers,
  • animal food producers,
  • harvesters of wild plants and animals,
  • farmers,
  • producers of ingredients,
  • food manufacturers,
  • retailers,

and organizations providing:

  • food services,
  • catering services,
  • cleaning and sanitation services,
  • transportation,
  • storage and distribution services,
  • and suppliers of equipment, cleaning and disinfectants, packaging materials and other food contact materials.

ISO 22000 allows any organization, including small and/or less developed organizations (e.g., a small farm, a small packer-distributor, or a small retail or food service outlet) to implement externally-developed elements in their FSMS.

Internal and/or external resources can be used to meet the requirements of this document. The 37-page ISO 22000:2018 standard can be ordered at this ISO web page for about $158.