ISO 22000 - Food Safety Management System

ISO 22000 is an internationally recognized standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) that specifies the requirements for a Food Safety Management System (FSMS). Its primary goal is to ensure food safety throughout the entire food supply chain, encompassing “farm to fork” processes.

Here’s a breakdown of ISO 22000:


  • Enhance food safety: Helps organizations in the food industry identify and control food safety hazards, minimizing the risk of foodborne illnesses.
  • Improve food quality: By implementing robust food safety practices, organizations can contribute to maintaining and improving the overall quality of food products.
  • Demonstrate commitment to food safety: Certification to ISO 22000 can showcase an organization’s dedication to food safety and customer well-being.

Key characteristics:

  • Voluntary standard: Organizations choose to implement the standard and potentially seek certification.
  • Outcome-focused: Emphasizes achieving food safety objectives rather than specific procedures.
  • Combines elements: Incorporates aspects of good practices, HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points), and other relevant food safety programs.
  • Applicable to all: Caters to organizations across the entire food chain, from primary producers to retailers.

Benefits of implementing ISO 22000:

  • Reduced risk of foodborne illnesses: Proactive hazard identification and control measures can significantly lower the occurrence of foodborne illnesses associated with contaminated food.
  • Improved customer confidence: Demonstrating commitment to food safety through certification can enhance customer trust and loyalty.
  • Enhanced brand reputation: Shows a positive image by prioritizing food safety and ethical practices.
  • Increased efficiency and cost savings: Implementing effective food safety processes can lead to improved operational efficiency and potentially reduce costs associated with food recalls and waste.
  • Facilitates global trade: Certification can be recognized internationally, potentially easing access to new markets.

Similar to other ISO standards, obtaining certification for ISO 22000 is voluntary, but involves an independent audit by a qualified body. This audit ensures that the organization meets the standard’s requirements and effectively implements its FSMS.

While not mandatory, ISO 22000 provides a valuable framework for organizations in the food industry to ensure food safety and quality throughout the entire food supply chain. By implementing this standard, organizations contribute to safeguarding public health and promoting responsible food production practices.