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The long-awaited update to the ISO22000 standard was published on 19 June 2018.   The previous version of the standard has remained almost unchanged since it was first published in 2005.  

During this intervening time period, the food industry has seen a huge number of changes, not least the development of the GFSI and GFSI benchmarked standards.

Whilst certification to a GFSI benchmarked standard remains the pinnacle for many food producers there still remains a need in the industry for a standard that provides the foundations of a Food Safety system without the complexity required by the GFSI.

The changes to the standard include alignment with the Higher Level Structure (HLS) convention that is required for all new or amended standards.  This convention allows a far greater degree of integration between different ISO standards.  By having a higher level of integration, the addition of ISO22000 to an existing ISO based management system is far simpler.

The adoption of the HLS convention has obviously brought some significant changes in how the standard is structured.  There has also been a complete review of the requirements of the standard as well as giving some additional clarity by redefining concepts such as PRP and  oPRP to enable a simpler understanding and implementation process.

It has also included a greater alignment with Codex HACCP to ensure that implementation follows the Codex methodology more closely.  The requirements now more closely follow the Codex steps so development of the HACCP is now embedded within the standard.

Implementation has also been simplified by the use of specific documented information being identified within the standard.  So rather than have a battle during the audit by simply following the standard you can produce a set of documents that will comply with the standard.

Other changes/improvements are:

-  Clarification of the application of the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) cycle so organizations can ensure their processes are adequately resourced and managed and that opportunities for improvement are acted on. The revision adopts two inter-related PDCA cycles, the food safety management system and the product production/service delivery PDCA based around the Codex HACCP principles.

-  A new approach to risk.Traditionally the standard only considered the risk posed by the product to the final consumer by applying the Codex HACCP principles.In the new revision Codex HACCP is still required but this will be supplemented by an organisational consideration of risk.

-  Simplified clause structure which allows a more linear approach to implementation as is follows a step by step process.

The New PDCA cycle:



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