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ISO 22000 is a food safety management system to establish global standards for quality, safety and processes throughout the food industry. It combines and complements the core elements of ISO 9001 and HACCP to ensure food safety in the global supply chain. In addition, the ISO 22000 standard is designed to prevent food hazards and control food contamination.
The audit for ISO 22000 certification is conducted by external auditors with a ISO 22000 checklist to assess whether a company is eligible for certification. It is conducted to assess the company's conformance to the standard. The following points are considered:
An ISO 22000 audit checklist is used to prepare, implement, and evaluate a Food Safety Management System (FSMS). It is most often used in the final phase of the internal audit and self-assessment process by the external auditor preparation for certification.
ISO 22000 helps companies improve their food safety performance. It is a comprehensive, universally recognized food safety certification standard that is especially beneficial to companies that do not supply to the food trade (e.g., catering, equipment manufacturers, manufacturers of semi-finished products). Under the regular use of an ISO 22000 checklist, risks such as unsafe food imports, foodborne illness, food contamination, and inadequate food safety can be identified and minimized at an early stage.
The introduction, implementation and monitoring according to ISO 22000 has the following benefits for companies:
The ISO 22000 requirements mandate the implementation and maintenance of a food safety management system to ensure that safe food handling practices are followed within the organization.
Particular emphasis is placed on documentation and record keeping. This is to ensure that all actions necessary for food safety are properly planned prior to implementation, properly controlled during implementation, and fully evaluated for effectiveness afterwards. This food safety documentation and record keeping should include:
1. Preventive programs (PRP = prequisite programs) to control the likelihood of food contamination and an unsanitary environment in the infrastructure and work environment.
2. HACCP plan to identify, evaluate and control biological, chemical and physical hazards that may occur in food manufacturing and production within the company and by other companies.
3. System management for food safety, which can be used to implement a holistic view of a company. The management system must integrate the process-oriented approach of ISO 9001 as well as the requirements of the HACCP standard.
Achieving ISO 22000 certification and ongoing compliance requires extensive documentation, record-keeping and company-wide communication. Traditional pen and paper writing is a burden for auditors. ISO 22000 audit data is first noted in writing and then must be re-entered into a computer to manually generate an audit report. Choosing digital technology for ISO 22000 certification ensures a smooth process. It can also streamline processes to resolve food safety risks. Lumiform also offers digital templates for many other ISO requirements, such as the checklist for ISO 31000 risk management planning.
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