Revision of ISO 22000 reaches DIS stage

The Food Safety Management System standard reaches the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage and includes a new core structure and updates to ensure the standard addresses the latest food safety issues facing the sector. The DIS is available to ISO members for public consultation and vote over the next 12 weeks. Publication is expected in June 2018.

Food Safety specialists from over 30 countries are working in the technical group to update the standard. The latest revision will include the new High Level Structure (HLS) bringing ISO 22000 into line with other ISO management system standards, including ISO 9001 – quality management and ISO 14001 – environmental management.

The approach to risk will distinguish between strategic business risk and operational risk identified through Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP). For continuous improvement, there will be two Plan-Do-Check-Act cycles – one to cover the management system as a whole and within that, a second cycle to cover HACCP. Furthermore, key terms such as Critical Control Points (CCPs), Operational Prerequisite Programmes (OPRPs) and Prerequisite Programs (PRPs) will be clarified.

Lloyd's Register’s Vice President for Food and Sustainability, Vincent Doumeizel commented, “Food has one of the most complex supply chains in the world so it is great to see that the revisions to ISO 22000 will address the changing needs of the sector. We understand that the requirements around communication are being strengthened and we support this as a way of identifying and controlling food safety risks at all stages in the chain.”

ISO 22000 was first published in 2005. All international standards are reviewed periodically to ensure they remain relevant and useful; ISO 22000 was reviewed and confirmed in 2009 and this revision will ensure that the standard is fit for purpose to address the new challenges facing the food supply chain.

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