Archive for February, 2017

ISO 22000 Revision

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments

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


GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative)

Posted on: February 22nd, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments

GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) was developed in 2000, in part, to align and reduce the number of audits and certifications required of any one facility by multiple customers. To a great extent, GFSI has succeeded in achieving this objective.   A food safety management scheme is ‘recognised’ by GFSI when it meets internationally recognised minimum food safety requirements. GFSI is not a scheme in itself, and neither does it carry out any accreditation or certification activities. Rather, GFSI brings together food safety experts from around the world to develop the best food safety management practices in a given industry sector (scope). The GFSI scope requirements that private standards organizations must include in their programs can be found in the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements (formerly known as the Guidance Document) on the GFSI’s website According to their web site, GFSI Guidance Document V6.4 is still available, with Version 7 expected shortly.  Some of the private standards organizations recognized by GFSI include FSSC 22000, IFS, BRC, Global Gap and SQF.

ISO 2015 transition

Posted on: February 20th, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments

IQS has now assisted over 12 companies implement the new ISO9001 / 14001:2015 standards, to successful first time certification. No one likes change, but we have been very excited with the new approach:– more flexibility and less paperwork have resulted in a shift from a ‘conformance’ to a ‘performance system’ . Fewer “shall” commands and more risk based thinking means companies can now take full advantage of the requirements of the standards.  At last ISO works for you, and not you working for ISO!

Give us a shout if you need any assistance with training, auditing or documenting the new requirements.

Department of Labour Notice – Work Permit

Posted on: February 20th, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments

A reminder that Phase 2 of the Construction Regulations 2014 implementation phases came into effect on 7 February 2017.  This means that all construction work contracts exceeding a value of R40 million will now require a Work Permit.

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Posted on: February 15th, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments

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Root Cause Analysis Training

Posted on: February 15th, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments

This training provides delegates with the skills and techniques required to identify and understand the root cause of a problem, know the steps used to fix the root cause and how to finalise solutions to ensure that the fix is permanent. Delegates will leave equipped to look beyond failure symptoms and find ways to avoid future problems.  Please contact Ashleigh on 086 133 7779 / to register.

Internal Quality Auditor Training & ISO 9001:2015

Posted on: February 15th, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments

Join us for this popular training course on the 02nd of March 2017.  Hugh Davies will facilitate this training and will outline the approach to auditing based on ISO 9001:2015.  Case studies and practical tips will be covered and certificates issued.  The new requirements for 2015 will be discussed.  Please contact Ashleigh on 086 133 7779 / to register.

FSSC 22000 version 4

Posted on: February 3rd, 2017 by IQS_Admin No Comments

FSSC 22000 version 4 was released in January 2017.  Aligning the FSSC 22000 scheme with the benchmark requirements of the GFSI Version 7 has been the main reason for the revision. These updates to the scheme had become necessary in order to maintain status as a GFSI-benchmarked scheme.  Certification to the new version is possible from January 2017 onwards. As of January 2018, certification to Version 4 is mandatory. Some of the main changes include:

In order to safeguard the credibility of FSSC 22000 certification and to comply with GFSI requirements, the new version of the FSSC scheme introduces unannounced audits – at least one of the two surveillance audits must be unannounced.

According to Version 4, certified organizations shall have a documented food fraud Food Defence and Food Fraud Prevention procedure in place.

The scope of FSSC 22000 has also been extended to include Catering (with ISO/TS 22002-2:2013) and Retail (with PAS 221 as the reference).