What does ISO 22000 Require?

Cynthia Weber, December 5, 2007

ISO 22000

ISO 22000 requires that you design and document a Food Safety Management System (FSMS). The standard contains the specific requirements to be addressed by the FSMS.

UPDATE: It is important to note that ISO 22000 is not GFSI recognized. If your customer is asking for a GFSI benchmarked and recognized certification, consider FSSC 22000, which is based on ISO 22000, or one of the other recognized standards – SQF, BRC, IFS, or others (see www.mygfsi.com)

Generally the ISO 22000 Standard addresses:

  • Having an overall Food Safety Policy for your organization, developed by top management.
  • Setting objectives that will drive your company’s efforts to comply with this policy.
  • Planning and designing a management system and documenting the system.
  • Maintaining records of the performance of the system.
  • Establishing a group of qualified individuals to make up a Food Safety Team.
  • Defining communication procedures to ensure effective communication with important contacts outside the company (regulatory, customers, suppliers, and others) and for effective internal communication.
  • Having an emergency plan
  • Holding management review meetings to evaluate the performance of the FSMS
  • Providing adequate resources for the effective operation of the FSMS including appropriately trained and qualified personnel, sufficient infrastructure, and appropriate work environment to ensure food safety
  • Following HACCP principles
  • Establishing a traceability system for identification of product
  • Establishing a corrective action system and control of nonconforming product
  • Maintaining a documented procedure for handling withdrawal of product
  • Controlling monitoring and measuring devices
  • Establishing and maintaining an internal audit program
  • Continually updating and improving the FSFM