The iso certifications are designed to help business organisations meet the best industry practices. The present article discusses the accreditation required to sustain in the food chain industry.

The food chain industry is one of the largest and most competitive sectors across the globe. To sustain market pressure and dominate rival vendors, companies need to be cautious about safety culture. Companies must demonstrate that they are concerned about food safety hazards and take necessary precautions to prevent them. To maintain comprehensive and effective safety barriers, ISO certification proves beneficial. ISO 22000:2018 is the ultimate guide to maintaining the best safety practices according to industry standards.

This standard outlines the requirements for a comprehensive food safety management system that encompasses all organisations in the food chain, from primary producers to retailers. ISO 22000 specifies the principles, requirements, and guidelines for establishing, implementing, maintaining, and continually improving a food safety management system. It aims to control the disruptions by implementing communication strategies, designing prerequisite arrangements as well as traceability programs.

The present article discusses the pivotal requirements of ISO 22000 for compliance.

Which requirements of ISO 22000 certification create the base for compliance?

1. Performance Evaluation:

● Monitoring, measuring, analysing, and evaluating the performance of the food safety management system.

●Conducting internal audits to ensure compliance with the requirements of ISO 22000 and identifying opportunities for improvement.

● Reviewing the effectiveness of the food safety management system through management reviews and taking action to address any identified issues or areas for improvement.

2. Operation:

● Implementing and maintaining the planned operational controls to ensure that food safety hazards are effectively managed.

● Monitoring and verifying that the control measures are working as intended and taking corrective actions when necessary.

● Establishing procedures for handling potentially unsafe products and for managing product withdrawals and recalls.

3. Planning

● Identifying and assessing food safety hazards associated with products, processes, and the organization's operations.

● Establishing operational controls, including prerequisite programs and control measures, to manage identified hazards.

● Developing plans to address potential emergencies that could affect food safety.

4. Organisational context

● Understanding the external and internal issues that are relevant to the company's food safety management system.

●Identifying the needs and expectations of interested parties, including customers, regulatory authorities, and consumers.

5. Resource and support

●Providing the necessary resources, including personnel, infrastructure, and training, to implement and maintain the food safety management system.

●Implementing communication processes to ensure effective communication on food safety matters within the organisation and with relevant external parties.

6. Leadership

●Demonstrating leadership and commitment to food safety by establishing a food safety policy and objectives.

● Assigning responsibilities and authorities for ensuring food safety within the organisation.

7. Continual improvement

● Taking corrective actions to address nonconformities and prevent their recurrence.

●Continually improving the effectiveness of the food safety management system based on the results of performance evaluation and management reviews.

●Implementing preventive actions to eliminate the causes of potential nonconformities and improve overall food safety performance.

Conducting an internal audit is the best practice for ensuring that each of the requirements of the ISO certification for food safety management. Hire certified consultants to accomplish compliance.

Author's Bio: 

The author is a retired professional who worked in the ISO business standard consultation field for over 30 years. Now he enjoys his leisure by writing blogs and articles.