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ISO 22000 Certification - Food Safety Management

Attributes

Name:

ISO 22000 Assurance Program

Criteria:

ISO 22000 and Client Charter

Market:

All organisations within the food chain

Scope:

International

Output:

Validity:

Certificate of Confidence

3 years, subject to on-going requirements

Certification gives confidence to the organisation, its customers, regulators and/or other interested parties in the ability to effectively manage food safety within the relevant food chain categories.

Outcome:

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Why ISO 22000?

Food safety is related to the presence of food-borne hazards in food at the point of consumption (intake by the consumer). As the introduction of food safety hazards can occur at any stage of the food chain, adequate control throughout the food chain is essential.

Food safety is ensured through combined efforts of all parties participating in the food chain. ISO 22000 specifies requirements for a food safety management system that combines elements such as interactive communication, system management, prerequisite programmes and HACCP principles.

Benefits of ISO 22000 Certification

Improved Food Safety Performance

Implementing ISO 22000 certification requires a robust food safety management system which controls food safety hazards to make sure food is safe for all customers

New Market Opportunities

ISO 22000 opens the door to potential access to new market opportunities within the global food supply chain

Customer Confidence

ISO 22000 provides consumer confidence in your products, business and brand

Marketing Edge

Gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace by demonstrating your commitment to food safety

How do I get Certified?

As an organisation, the steps involved for you are:

1.     Applying for certification:

Review and accept our customised Proposal, and you’re underway!

2.     Achieving certification:

Firstly, a pre-certification audit or “test run” will be conducted either on-site (at your premises) or off-site (at our premises) or both, to see whether your food safety processes are suitable. Areas of concern will be reported. Once concerns have been actioned, an on-site certification audit will be conducted, where we will examine the extent to which you address the program criteria. Areas of concern will be reported. Once we are satisfied there are no outstanding issues that present an unacceptable risk to you, your customers, regulators, Equal Assurance or others, we can proceed to issue a Certificate of Confidence. Well done!

3.     Maintaining certification:

Depending on the level of risk, and/or whether you are transferring from another provider, we will conduct a series of surveillance audits (and in some cases special and follow-up audits) and tri-ennial re-certification audits, to examine the extent to which you continue to address the program criteria. Areas of concern will be reported. So long as we continue to be satisfied there are no outstanding issues that present an unacceptable risk to you, your customers, regulators, Equal Assurance or others, your certification remains valid.

Your next step:

Further details regarding the specific requirements of ISO 22000 and other certification services are provided in our 'Equal Assurance' Client Charter. This and other relevant documentation are available by contacting EQAS Certification on +61 8 83382771, and we can prepare a Proposal at no cost. If you already have a proposal simply contact us with any query.

EQAS Certification is a practice member of 'Equal Assurance', a world-wide confederation of independent certifying auditor practices and accredited partners that provides a range of internationally accredited management system assurance programs and certifications across Australia, New Zealand, and overseas.

Protect your brand by demonstrating your ability to control food safety hazards.

ISO 22000 Certification FAQs

Who needs ISO 22000 certification?

Manufacturing, transport, storage, distributors, and retail sellers can benefit from an ISO 22000 certification. It indicates that an organisation that participates in the food chain is dedicated to keeping products safe for consumers.

 

The main guiding principle of the certification is to create a framework that would develop, implement, monitor, and promote the continual improvement of an organization’s Food Safety Management System (FSMS). 

 

This helps protect consumers from potentially harmful products in the market and safeguards the organization from costly fines due to improper handling of food and food-related products.

What is the difference between ISO 22000, ISO 22001 and HACCP?"

While ISO 22000 deals with establishing the standards for proper handling of food products, ISO 22001 deals with the Quality Management Systems (QMS) of the organisation itself. This means ISO 22001 has more to do with how management performs than how employees handle food products.

 

See the difference between ISO 22000 and HACCP on our blog.

What does ISO 22000 require?

Organisations who wish to pursue ISO 22000 certification must comply with the following requirements:

 

  • Develop and execute a food safety policy that ensures food products will be safe to consume.

  • A Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Plan which entails round-the-clock efforts in the identification, prevention, and eradication of food safety risks.

  • Implement a documentation system that would help you monitor and manage food safety across the entire organisation.

Contact our team for further information about ISO 22000 certification.

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