ISO 22000 faq - ISO 22000 Questions and Answers

ISO 22000 FAQBelow are the questions and answers to common ISO 22000 faq that can give you the initial information about ISO 22000 (Food Safety Management System Standard). We hope that this ISO 22000 faq will help you to decide on getting certified to the ISO 22000:2005 standard.

What is the abbreviation of ISO?

ISO abbreviation is International Organization for Standardization, which is the world’s largest developer of International Standards. Implementation of these International standards help to make the industry effective and efficient.

ISO is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Presently ISO consists of 162 member countries who are the national standards bodies across the globe.

What is ISO 22000?

ISO 22000 is an International standard that provides the requirements for establishment, implementation, maintenance and continual improvement of an Food Safety Management System.

What is an Food Safety Management System ?

Can only Food manufacturing companies get certified for ISO 22000 ?

No. Not necessarily. Any Organization in the food chain from feed producers to being served to the consumers can get certified to ISO 22000. These include feed producers, food producers, food packers, food distributors, food retail and restaurants.

Which is the latest version of ISO 22000 ?

The latest version of ISO 22000 is ISO 22000:2005.

What are the advantages of implementing ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System ?

  1. Provides a framework to ensure safety of sensitive information.
  2. Builds trust and confidence among customers and stakeholders on how risk management is carried out.
  3. Ensures the secure exchange of information.
  4. The exposure to risk is minimized.
  5. Helps in developing a security culture that gets embedded in the organization culture.
  6. Helps to protect the Organization’s assets, customers and stakeholders.
  7. Gives the competitive edge compared to non-FSMS based companies.
  8. Customer satisfaction and perhaps delight !

ISO 22000 certificate is valid for how many years ?

Upon successful completion of the ISO documentation audit and ISO Implementation audit, the certification body issues the ISO 22000 certificate for 3 years. After certification, there will be a surveillance audit each at the end of the first and second years. The next year will be the Re-certification audit.

We are only two people in our organization. Can we get ISO 22000 certified?

Yes. ISO 22000 Certification can be obtained irrespective of the size of an organization starting from 2 to thousands of people. Let your industry be a tiny, micro, small scale, medium scale, large scale or a very large scale. The same clauses apply. The only difference is that for an organization of lesser size, the implementation can be quicker and easier than that of a large sized organization.

What will be the costs involved for ISO 22000 Certification?

You need to first pay for Initial Certification before Certification Audits. Once successfully certified, there will be surveillance audits at the end of first and second years each respectively. Each surveillance audit carries a surveillance fees. This is followed by re-certification cost for the third year.

We hope that the above ISO 22000 faq has provided you with good information prior to your decision on getting into ISO 22000 Certification. If your organization wishes to get ISO 22000 certified, please Contact us