Gerard Kelly

Senior Food Safety Consultant & CEO

12 Key Changes Under ISO 22000:2018

July 02, 2018

ISO 22000:2018, the international food safety management system standard that specifies the requirements to ensure safe production within the entire food chain, from farm to fork, was published by ISO on June 19th, 2018. 

Aimed at all organizations in the food and feed industries, regardless of size, sector or geographical location, ISO 22000:2018 is structured to provide process improvements and its design delivers a prevention control and risk based approach to food safety.

The 12 key changes under ISO 22000:2018 are:

  • Adoption of Annex SL – the High-Level Text and Structure common to all ISO management system standards, making it easier for organizations to combine ISO 22000 with other management systems such as ISO 9001 (Quality) or ISO 14001 (Environmental) thereby potentially saving time and money
  • A new approach to risk – as a vital concept in the food/beverage business – which distinguishes between risk at the operational level – HACCP Plan and at the strategic level of the food safety management system
  • Strong links to the Codex Alimentarius, an intergovernmental body, within the framework of the Joint Food Standards Program established by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO), with the purpose of protecting the health of consumers and ensuring fair practices in the food trade. The Commission also promotes coordination of all food standards work undertaken by international governmental and non- governmental organizations.
  • A clear description is given of the differences between key terms such as: Critical Control Points (CCPs), Operational Prerequisite Programs (OPRPs) and Prerequisite Programs (PRPs)
  • The HACCP and OPRP plan are put together in a Hazard Control Plan with action criteria to be defined for the identified OPRPs and critical limits (as usual) for CCPs
  • The validation of control measures must be documented and conducted before the implementation of the HACCP plan
  • For both, traceability system and emergency preparedness and response, further details regarding what needs to be considered are now mentioned within 8.3 and 8.4 clauses respectively
  • Processing aids, packaging and utilities are also to be added to the required documented flow diagrams
  • Within the characteristics of raw materials, ingredients and packaging, the source of each product needs now also to be defined and documented
  • There are further aspects to be discussed during management review meetings, such as performance of external providers (suppliers), review of risks and opportunities and effectiveness of actions taken to address them, opportunities for continual improvement, the adequacy of resources, etc.
  • There is also a new clause that includes mandatory documented information and evaluation of effectiveness regarding results from monitoring and measurement verification
  • There are also some additional requirements to be reviewed during the management review of the food safety management system

“These are exciting new additions/enhancements for ISO 22000. Whilst Annex SL has been expected, what is interesting is the new approach to risk and preventive control which we see as fundamental in driving and enhancing global food safety” – Gerard Kelly, CEO, Kelmac Group®.

Together with FSSC 22000, this version of the standard is an important step in preventing the disastrous consequences unsafe food can have, both for consumers and businesses worldwide. With many of today’s food and beverage products repeatedly travelling across national boundaries, ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 is more essential than ever to the safety of the global food supply chain. Now the ISO 22000 standard has been substantially revised to ensure it stays relevant to modern society needs.  FSSC 2200 V4.1 does not currently include ISO 22000:2018 but ISO 22000:2018 replaces ISO 22000:2005. According to ISO, organizations certified to the standard have three years from the date of publication to transition to the new version.

Many people are unaware that Kelmac Group® was fundamental in establishing the first food safety management system training scheme with CQI-IRCA and the Irish Food Safety Authority, FSAI.  Today we are the oldest Accredited CQI-IRCA Training Provider of ISO 22000 Auditor Training globally. Kelmac Group® are considered trusted experts in the food and beverage industry by leading food and beverage organizations, global regulatory agencies and partner organization’s such as the IFC, World Bank.  We believe this version of the standard will further strengthen the food safety solutions available to organizations within the food and beverage industry. 

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