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The Revision of ISO 22000: An Overview of the Coming Changes

ISO 22000, the international standard for food safety management systems, is currently up for revision. The new version, expected to be published in 2018, will bring significant changes for certified sites. As one of the leading certification bodies for ISO 22000, we will inform our clients on the expected changes as the revision progresses.

The information on this page is based on the Draft International Standard (DIS), published in March 2017. The page will be updated when new information on the revision becomes available. Subscribe to our LinkedIn page to receive frequent updates.

According to the latest ISO Survey, more than 32 000 organizations in the food supply chain currently hold a valid ISO 22000 certificate. Since the first publication of ISO 22000 in 2005, the amount of organizations choosing to implement a food safety management system in accordance with the ISO 22000 standard has grown steadily each year.

During those years, however, users along the supply chain have not only learned a lot about food safety, but have also been confronted with new challenges. This created a need for a full revision of the standard.

Purpose of the ISO 22000 Revision

With the revision, the International Organization for Standardization aims to:

  • Clarify key concepts that have caused confusion, such as Critical Control Points (CCPs), Operational Prerequisite Programmes (OPRPs) and Prerequisite Programmes (PRPs).
  • Improve the readability and usability of the standard
  • Ensure the standard is relevant to all actors in the food supply chain
  • Ensure the standard suits the needs of SMEs
  • Increase the compatibility of ISO 22000 with other management system standards, by adopting a common structure and terminology

Timeline

Timeline Revision ISO 22000

If the revision progresses according to plan, the standard will be published in 2018 as ISO 22000:2018. At the time of writing, the latest available draft is the Draft International Standard (DIS).

After the publication in 2018, a transition period for certified sites will begin. We will keep you informed on all details of the transition process as the final publication draws closer.

For those that have not only implemented ISO 22000, but are also certified to FSSC 22000, it is worth keeping mind that the new Version 4 will come into effect on January 1, 2018. This means that for those sites there will be two revisions in short succession. For an overview of the changes in FSSC 22000 Version 4, please refer to this summary.

ISO 22000:2018 – Expected Changes

The new version will contain a large number of minor changes that have been introduced to increase the readability and clarity of the standard. In practice, the large majority of these changes will have little if any repercussions for the actual implementation of the standard. Still, based on the current draft, the revision will also introduce a number of changes that are more structural in nature:

  • The new version will adopt the so-called High-Level Structure (HLS), the common structure for all new management system standards. The adoption of a common structure throughout all standards facilitates the integration of various management systems. Users of ISO 9001:2015, ISO 14001:2015 and ISO 45001 will already be familiar with this structure. In practice, the change in structure will make it easier for organizations to combine ISO 22000 with the other standards mentioned above.
  • In accordance with the changes in ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, the new version of ISO 22000 will also be a risk-based standard. The standard will distinguish between risk at the operational level (through the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point approach (HACCP)), as well at the strategic level of the management system and its ability to reach its specified goals as such.
  • The standard now consistently distinguishes two Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycles. The first applies to the management system as a whole, while the second, within it, addresses the operations described in Clause 8, which simultaneously cover the HACCP principles. This is illustrated in the figure below.
PDCA2 ISO 22000 Revision

Further Information

As the publication date draws closer, we will not only continue to update this page, but will also organize workshops and information sessions to prepare certified sites for the upcoming changes. The DQS Group has offices in 66 countries, which enables us to provide information sessions in your local language. Contact us to learn more.

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Dr. Thijs Willaert is Communications Manager at DQS CFS GmbH
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