What Is the ISO 22000 Standard?

The International Organization for Standardization’s ISO 22000 international standard pertains to food safety management. Since the consequences of unsafe food can seriously affect both the public and food manufacturers, ISO’s food safety management standard helps companies identify and control food safety hazards. And because many food products are distributed internationally, ISO 22000 is intended to ensure the safety of the global food supply chain.

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Who Uses ISO 22000 Standards?

ISO 22000 establishes the requirements for a food safety management system to which food manufacturers and suppliers can be certified. The ISO 22000 standard lays out the details of what a manufacturer must demonstrate to prove its ability to control food hazards that could lead to contaminated food products. ISO 22000 can be used by manufacturers or organizations of any size involved in the production or distribution of food products.

Benefits of Food Safety With an ISO 22000 Standards Certification

ISO 22000 certification provides a manufacturer with the following advantages:

  • Regulatory compliance: Helps companies confirm a high standard of compliance accepted by many of the world’s regulatory bodies.
  • Gold standard of credentials: Provides independent verification from a globally recognized quality standard.
  • Global recognition: Internationally accepted certification from industry food supply chains.
  • Enhances your ability to attract new suppliers: Helps you win more business as procurement specifications often require certification as a condition to supply.
  • Reduces investigation time: Management systems help decrease food safety breach corrective and preventative action (CAPA) time.

Document Management with ISO 22000

A primary focus of ISO 22000 standards is to confirm a level of document management that integrates all components of a company’s quality system. Without this connectedness functionality, ISO recognizes that a quality control system is inherently weak. ISO 22000 facilitates the effective management of a company’s quality management system (QMS) through its benchmark standards, from customer complaints and CAPA, to deviations and noncomformances.

An ISO 22000 Checklist

ISO 22000 standard includes specific requirements that must be satisfied by a Food Safety Management System. An example of an ISO 22000 checklist might include setting up standard operating procedures (SOPS) for the following actions:

  • Establishing a Food Safety Policy developed by top management for your company.
  • Top management setting objectives that will drive your company’s effort to comply with this policy.
  • Planning for, designing and maintaining performance records of a management system.
  • Creating a group of qualified individuals to form a Food Safety Team.
  • Defining communication procedures to enable effective internal communication between departments and for strong external communication with regulatory, customer, supplier and other contacts.
  • Forming a corrective and preventative action (CAPA) system and control of nonconforming product and maintaining a documented procedure for handling withdrawal of product.
  • Controlling, monitoring and measuring devices and implementing an internal audit system.

ISO 22000 Software with MasterControl

MasterControl, a leading provider of software solutions for compliance with ISO 22000 and other ISO standards, offers a suite of configurable, easy-to-use integrated applications that are uniquely suited to help the food manufacturing and distribution industry comply with the requirements of ISO and those of other regulatory bodies. For more information about how MasterControl can help your company comply with ISO 22000, contact a representative today.

MasterControl and the FDA

MasterControl and its partner, i4DM, have served as the quality management system (QMS) providers for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Office of Regulatory Affairs since 2009. They also serve as QMS providers for the Division of Pharmaceutical Analysis, part of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER).