ISO 22000 – Food Safety Management System

ISO 22000 is a Food Safety and Quality Assurance Management System is now under revision. DIS stage is past and Final Draft FDIS has been put to vote. Once this gets approved the new standard is likely to be published in June 2018. The new standard is in line with revised standards of ISO 9001:2015 with a 10-element high-level structure and Risk-based thinking for food management as an essential feature. This makes it easier to have an integrated system for the facility to have ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 22000 together.

ISO 22000 + Pre-requisite programs covered under ISO/TS 22002 will make the facility qualify for FSSC 22000:2017 now published. Certification to FSSC is a tool to comply with all FSMA regulations and satisfy all FSIS inspections.

The rationale for implementing FSSC 22000:2017 is in the background that “each year roughly 48 million people in the United States get sick, 128,000 are hospitalized, and 3,000 die of foodborne diseases.” Source:

The rationale inspiring this realization is since food production targets the human/animal population and unquestionably, many people would prefer food that is certified to be produced at the highest level of quality and safety

ISO 22000 Food Safety System Manual Contains:

  • Table of Contents
  • Glossary of Terms
  • Process Flow Chart
  • Organization Structure
  • Company Profile
  • Food Safety Policy
  • List of Quality and HACCP Procedures
  • Control and Distribution
  • Quality Management System
  • Management Responsibility
  • Resource Management
  • Planning and Realization of Safe Products
  • Validation, Verification, and Improvement of the Food Safety Management System


The relevance of ISO/TS 22000 and withdrawal of PAS (Publicly Available Specifications) is detailed below:

  • PAS 220 is Replaced by ISO/TS 22002-1 for Food Manufacturing
  • PAS 221 is Replaced by ISO/TS 22002-2 for Food Retail (Catering)
  • PAS 222    is Replaced by ISO/TS 22002-3, for Food Manufacturing and Animal Feed
  • PAS 223 is Replaced by ISO/TS 22002-4 for Food Packaging
  • ISO/TS 22002-5 Prerequisite Program for Food Storage and Transportation is under development and is likely to be published in 2018
  • PAS 222 is also replaced by ISO/TS 22002-6 for manufacturing and/or supply of feed and animal food (Distribution)
  • GFSI, (Global Food Safety Initiative) Food Safety Management System is Most Popular to meet FSMA Requirements

The following are some of the benefits of the ISO 22000 certification:

  • ISO 22000 provides a proactive and preventive approach towards food security and safety in the sense that it prevents the probability of any contamination occurring.
  • Allows your organization to identify areas of need in the production systems and further incorporate customer views in restructuring and re-organization.
  • Critical in cutting end-product testing expenses by assuring that the process of production is as good as possible.
  • The certification is legitimate evidence that food produced by your company is safe for human consumption hence promoting customer satisfaction and compliant with FSMA regulations
  • Provides a global certified framework that will help bring your company to the elite level of food processing plants and producers.

Our approach

QSE’s “Ten Step Approach” to Registration is designed and perfected to cost-effectively prepare facilities for successfully passing Certification Audits with minimum or no nonconformities. QSE emphasizes on developing Simplified Documented Management Systems to meet or exceeds the requirements of any ISO Standard requirements. This 10 Step Approach has a built-in discipline to involve all employees including top management right from the beginning to achieve long-term desired results. Our approach is so complete that we have helped over 600 companies obtain certification, of which, a majority have obtained certification with zero deficiencies. Please contact us for details…….


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