ISO 22000 sets out the requirements for a food safety management system and can be certified to. It maps out what an organization needs to do to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards in order to ensure that food is safe. It can be used by any organization regardless of its size or position in the food chain.
The purpose of ISO 22000 is to provide a practical approach to ensure the reduction and elimination of food safety risks as a means to protect consumers. ISO 22000 is intended to help organizations:
- Embed and improve the internal processes needed to provide consistently safe food
- Provide confidence to the organization and the management team that the organization’s practices and procedures are in place and that they are effective and robust
- Provide confidence to customers and other stakeholders (through the ISO 22000 certification process) that the organization has the ability to control food safety hazards and provide safe products
- Provide a means of continual improvement that ensures that the food safety management system is reviewed and updated so that all activities related to food safety are continually optimized and effective
- Ensure adequate control at all stages of the food supply chain to prevent the introduction of food safety hazards