Revising ISO 22000 FSMS Standard

ISO 22000:2018-Revising the Food Safety Management System Standard

After more than a decade from the year of its first release, the end user changing needs, the continuous rise of a number of private standards and the revision of other key management system standards (e.g. ISO 9001:2015), indicated that the ISO 22000 standard had to be revised to fill in the gaps in the current version.

Author: Dimitrios Katsieris, BQC Technical Manager, IAS Manager Europe-Middle East, Member of ISO/TC 34/SC 17/WG 8 (Management Systems for Food Safety Technical Committee, ISO Organization)

Established in 2005, ISO 22000 was designed as an accessible, globally accepted standard, and is applicable to organizations of all sizes, involved in any aspect of the food supply chain. The standard covers the key components for ensuring food safety including interactive communication, system management, implementation of pre-requisite programmes and the continual review and improvement of the management system.

The International working group responsible for the revision of ISO 22000 Food safety management system – Requirements, ISO/ TC 34/SC 17/WG 8, has already met 6 times and in 2016, the draft standard went from Committee Draft (CD) to Draft International Standard (DIS) and will be submitted for public enquiry during the summer of 2017. If everything goes as planned, the revised Standard will be released in spring of 2018.

The International working group has addressed a number of issues during its meetings among which were:

  • to update old and introduce new terms and definitions; Forty-five (45) definitions are now listed in the upcoming DIS version
  • to make clear to the end users, the differences of Pre-requisite Programs (PRPs), Operational Prerequisite Programs (OPRPs) and Critical Control Points (CCPs)
  • to make the standard more concise
  • to provide a clear understanding of the “risk based approach”
  • to adopt the new High Level Structure (HLS) developed and used by ISO to allow an easier implementation of an Integrated Management System
  • to align with recent developments and concepts in food safety standards and Codex Alimentarius

The new DIS 22000 is structured as follows:

  1. Scope
  2. Normative References
  3. Terms and Definitions
  4. Context of the organization
  5. Leadership
  6. Planning
  7. Support
  8. Operation
  9. Performance evaluation of the food safety management system
  10. Improvement

What is changing?

Following major changes are introduced in the upcoming DIS version:

  • Documented information replaces the requirement for procedures, records and other items of documentation.
  • As part of the process approach, there are 2 Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycles instead of one. One cycle covers the overall food safety management system and the other covers the operational processes.
  • Risk based thinking is addressed in two (2) levels; Organizational risk and hazard analysis (based on HACCP principles).
  • 6.2.2. A plan for achieving the objectives for the food safety management system needs to be prepared.
  • 6.2.3 Any major change that can have an effect on the integrity of the system should be a planned activity.
  • 7.1.6 Suppliers and subcontractors need to be evaluated, selected, monitored and re-evaluated according to defined criteria.
  • 8.2.3 ISO/TS 22002-x series is considered when selecting or establishing PRPs
  • 8.2.4 Records for the selection, establishment, applicable monitoring and verification of PRPs must be kept.
  • 8.3 Traceability system needs to be tested and verified for its effectiveness
  • 8.4.1 Preventive action term has been introduced to deal with potential emergency situations and incidents.
  • Expected seasonal changes or shift patterns are considered when describing the process environment to conduct the hazard analysis.
  • Control measures are now categorized to be managed as OPRPs or at CCPs. Control measures are now related only to significant hazards and not managed at a PRP level. The systematic approach to identify each category is now different. Control measures managed as OPRPs have measurable and/or observable action criteria (new term) while those managed at CCPs have only measurable critical limits that enable timely correction.
  • 8.5.4 A Hazard Control Plan that include both HACCP and OPRP plan is introduced.
  • 8.8.1 Independent personnel should be appointed to perform verification activities for the PRPs, hazard control plan e.t.c

The Next Step

ISO/ TC 34/SC 17/WG 8 will meet again in autumn 2017 for a final meeting. The output of that meeting is expected to be the Final DIS version of the standard.


*BQC is organizing Training Courses on “ISO 22000:2018 - Changes in the International Management Standard for Food Safety”. For more information, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The great importance of this certification for the Cinema Organization of Iran was particularly noted on the certificates’ awarding event that took place on February 19th in a hall of the Organization. In this event the certificates were awarded to the Director of Cinema Organization of Iran, Mr. Dr. Hojjatollah Ayyubi, by Mr. Alireza Shafiee, CEO of BQC in Iran, in the presence of the Organization's Management and BQC partners in Iran. (photo)

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