ISO 22000 (Food Safety Management System) was first published in 2005. In line with the revision of other Management Systems e.g. 9001 and 14001, and with new food safety requirements, a decision was made for the ISO 22000 standard to be revised. The meeting of the ISO working group met in February 2015 in Dublin to discuss the necessary improvements to the standard. Based on feedback, the revision group will tackle the following issues:
- Clarify certain key concepts, especially critical control points required to be managed, operational programmes needed, approach to risks, product withdrawal and recall, and a combination of external control measures
- Update terms and definitions
- Make the standard simpler and more concise
- Avoid making the content too prescriptive
- Ensure a greater coverage of SMEs
- ISO 22000 will have the same format as other management systems standards (MSSs), which will now follow an identical structure with common texts, terms and definitions. This will make life easier for companies wanting to be certified to several MSSs, such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14000. The coordinated format will ensure coherence between the standards, simplify their integrated use and facilitate their reading and understanding by users.
Furthermore, the ISO/TS 22002 family supports specific sectors and enables them to implement ISO 22000 by providing tools to develop the prerequisite programmes necessary. If all goes according to plan, the standard is expected to be published in 2017 (from www.iso.org)