In 2005, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) published the first version of ISO 22000, “Food Safety Management Systems – Requirements”, to facilitate their implementation and certification by any organization within the food chain.
To overcome the requirements of the Global Food Safety Initive (GFSI), it was necessary to create a certification scheme, conformed by the ISO 22000 standard and a prerequisite program (initially called PAS 220, and later replaced by several standards of the ISO family 22000) to ensure the implementation of good food hygiene practices in conjunction with the food safety management system. The whole was called FSSC 22000, and saw the light in 2009.

The approval by the GFSI, which is already under its third review, has given the standard a huge boost. However, the successive food crises in recent decades, the increasing volume of legal requirements for food producers and distributors, and the need for greater trust among the various stakeholders in the food chain, Standard for their adaptation to current challenges.

These reasons coincide with others related to the recent revision of standards that served as a model for ISO 22000, such as the internationally recognized ISO 9001 quality management, the latest version of which was published in late 2015, fully adapting to the new structure Proposed by Annex SL of the ISO directives, for the development of standards on certifiable management systems (see The new common structure of ISO management systems standards).

With all of these premises in February 2015, the members of the ISO / TC 34 / SC 17 / WG 8 Working Group, in charge of this standard, met in Dublin to discuss the improvements that would need to be made to it. A consultation among users of the standard showed that there were significant shortcomings in the current version.

In conclusion, the Working Group has proposed the following objectives:

Clarify key concepts, especially those related to hazard analysis and critical control points and the most relevant aspects of prerequisite programs.
Update the terms and definitions used in the standard
Simplify the rule and make it more concise, avoiding too prescriptive content.
Ensure greater coverage for SMEs.
Implement in the standard the new format and high level structure to which the rest of management system standards, such as ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 27001 and others, are being adapted, thus facilitating the possibility of integrating various management systems on The basis of common requirements and principles.
From these goals, they set to work. To date, ISO / TC 34 / SC 17 / WG 8 has met on the last five occasions in Copenhagen, Denmark, in June 2016.

ISO 22000 timeline
ISO 22000 Revision
At this time, the standard is in the Committee Draft -CD phase. We work with a second version of this draft, in order to fulfill the demands of the various stakeholders.

If everything goes according to plan, the second edition of ISO 22000 will be published in late 2018.

The future ISO 22000 Food Safety standard. Some keys

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