What Is ISO 22000?

Food safety concerns are brought up by food-borne dangers that are present at the time of consumption. To guarantee the handling of food safety risks, attentive control must be in place at every point in the food chain. The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) built the widely accepted ISO 22000 standard to ensure food safety along the entire food supply chain. Multiple food safety standards, including ISO 22000, CODEX HACCP, Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Good Housekeeping Practices (GHP), Good Distribution Practices (GDP), Good Laboratory Practices (GLP), and Good Agriculture Practices, have been developed in response to the growing customer request for safe food (GAP).

Compliance with ISO 22000 requires that all organizations, regardless of size, are involved in the food chain to ensure that food safety hazards are controlled and that the food produced is consistently safe for human consumption. Food safety is, therefore, a shared duty primarily guaranteed by the collective efforts of all the entities involved in the food chain. Even the organizations that produce the equipment, cleansers, additives, ingredients and packaging involved in food production are also eligible for certification.

What Does ISO 22000 Apply To?

On June 19, 2018, ISO 22000:2018 was issued to unify global standards for food safety management. To be compatible with the existing tools for food safety management which are ISO 9001:2015 and HACCP, the ISO 22000, "Food safety management systems - Requirements for any organization in the food chain," applies the very same High-Level Structure (HLS) widely known to other ISO standards. It also aims to expand its reach for greater diligence. Until June 29, 2021, organizations have a three-year transition time, after which ISO 22000:2005 would no longer be valid.

Benefits Of ISO 22000


  • Improved command of food safety operations.
  • Assurance of legal, legislative, and regulatory compliance with customers.
  • Encourages market expansion.
  • Increases efficient feedback and communication to key players in the food chain.
  • Improves stakeholder and consumer confidence as well as customer satisfaction.
  • Enhances risk-taking.
  • Integrates with other ISO management systems.

FSSC 22000 Version 5: Food Safety Management Systems Certification Scheme

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) acknowledges and benchmarks the food safety certificate program called FSSC 22000. A branch of the Consumer Goods Forum, the GFSI brings retailers, manufacturers, and food service providers to synchronise food safety standards and evaluate them against a set of fundamental principles. Numerous large retailers and manufacturers demand their suppliers to register with a GFSI-recognized scheme due to the complex global food supply chain challenges. However, the GFSI does not recognise ISO 22000.

FSSC 22000 was created by the Foundation for Food Safety Certification and is based on the widely accepted ISO 22000 standard for food safety management systems. It also includes industry-relevant Pre-Requisite Programs (PRP), such as ISO TS 22002-1 for food manufacturing and ISO TS 22002-2 for packaging manufacturing, as well as GFSI-defined additional requirements. For integrated processes that cooperate to reduce and control the risks to food safety, FSSC 22000 specifies the requirements.

The certification programme focuses mainly on the production industries of food, feed, and packaging as well as storage and distribution, catering, and retail/wholesale. The scope of version 5 of FSSC 22000 has been expanded to include more supply chain segments, in contrast to earlier editions of the standard, which solely pertained to food manufacturers.

Benefits Of FSSC 22000

  • Delivers a compelling management system framework fully integrated with the organisation’s overall management system. FSSC 22000 version 5 is also entirely consistent with other standards, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 (including the alignment with the ISO High-Level Structure).
  • Provides a robust Hazard Analysis and Risk Management methodology based on HACCP principles and assists in improving food safety effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Pre-requisite programs with technical specifications, such as ISO TS 22002-1 for food manufacturing, provide additional due diligence along the supply chain and allow for adapting to customers' needs.

Why Become ISO 22000 Certified In Malaysia?

ISO 22000:2018 applies to any organisation size that wants to demonstrate they can effectively manage and control food safety hazards and follow best practices in food industries, including food manufacturers, packers, transporter and retailer.

Implementing a FSMS will help you:

  • Assess the overall context of your organization, such as company policy, objectives, and internal and external issues.
  • Identify risks and opportunities to improve your organization and reduce wastage.
  • To avoid food-borne illness and product recall due to food hazards using the HACCP system.
  • To ensure food hygiene practice (PRP).
  • Put your clients first by constantly attending to their requirements and working to increase their pleasure. This may result in new customers, repeat business, and an increase in sales for your company.
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Frequently Asked Questions

1What is ISO22000?
Food Safety Management System is ISO 22000 (FSMS). It is based on widely acknowledged quality management concepts outlined by the International Standards Organization and is intended to assist organisations in ensuring they satisfy the demands and expectations of consumers and other interested parties (ISO). ISO 22000 consists of ISO9001, Pre-requisite Programme (PRP) and HACCP. ISO 22000 can help control food hazards and ensure good hygiene practices in food industries, assisting products in crossing borders and bringing people the food they can trust.
2Who does ISO 22000 apply to?
ISO 22000:2018 applies to any organisation size that wants to demonstrate they can effectively manage and control food safety hazards and follow best practices in food industries, including food manufacturers, packers, transporter and retailer.
3What benefits will it bring to my business?
ISO 22000 can control the quality and food safety in your organization.
Implementing a FSMS will help you:
  • Assess the overall context of your organization, such as company policy, objectives, and internal and external issues.
  • Identify risks and opportunities to improve your organization and reduce wastage.
  • To avoid food-borne illness and product recall due to food hazards using the HACCP system.
  • To ensure food hygiene practice (PRP).
  • Put your clients first by constantly attending to their requirements and working to increase their pleasure. This may result in new customers, repeat business, and an increase in sales for your company.
  • Work more effectively since everyone in the company or organization will be aware of and agree with your processes. As a result, internal expenses are reduced while productivity and efficiency increase.
  • Comply with any legal and regulatory standards.
  • Enter new markets as some industries and clientele demand ISO22000 before doing business.
4Should I get certified?
Certification to ISO 22000 is not required, and you can use the standard to improve your work without certification. However, third-party certification – when an independent certification body audits your practices against the requirements of the norm – is a way of signalling to your buyers, customers, suppliers and other stakeholders that you have implemented the standard correctly.
For some companies, however, third-party certification may be a requirement. For example, some governments or public bodies may only contract suppliers that have been certified to ISO 22000.
5How long is the process?
With the right preparation and a good understanding of what is required for ISO 22000 certification, most organisations can expect to achieve certification within 3 to 6 months depending on their size and complexity.
6What is the cost?
The cost varies depending on your certification scope, complexity of the process and company / organization size.

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  • 3Introduction to ISO Training

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  • 4Documents Preparation & Implementation

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  • 5Internal & External Audit

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