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Transition to ISO 22000:2018

Food safety management

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Start preparing for the transition from ISO 22000:2005 to ISO 22000:2018. We can support you every step of the way.

The 2018 version of ISO 22000 was published on June 19 2018. With this release, ISO 22000:2005 will be withdrawn. Companies certified to the ISO 22000:2005 standard have to transition their certificate to ISO 22000:2018, and there is a 3-year transition period until June 19 2021. 

The aim of the ISO 22000 is to harmonize the requirements for food safety management on a global level. The standard contributes to ensure food safety throughout the whole food chain from farm-to table. The standard does not state specific criteria for Food Safety Performance, nor is it prescriptive about the design of a management system.

Main changes in ISO 22000:2018  

ISO 22000:2018 applies the ISO High Level Structure (HLS), common for all ISO standards. As it follows the same structure as other widely applied ISO standards, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, it will be easier to integrate with other management systems.

Users familiar with ISO 22000:2005 will recognize that most of the requirements of the ISO 22000:2005 are continued in ISO 22000:2018. However, there are some new and revised requirements. Learn in more detail about the changes here

Get started on your transition process

  • Get to know the content and requirements of ISO 22000:2018. The standard is available for purchase from ISO. If you are a current user of ISO 22000:2005 you should focus on the changes in requirements. 
  • Ensure that relevant personnel in your organization is trained and understand the requirements and key changes.
  • Identify gaps which need to be addressed to meet the new requirements and establish an implementation plan. Implement actions and update your management system to meet the new requirements.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of implementation through internal audits and define further actions where needed.