Introduction to ISO 22000:2018 – Food Safety Management System (FSMS)

From farm to fork, food safety is of utmost concern for all consumers. Contamination from lack of hygiene or mishandling of food, leads to the spread of diseases. This can be avoided should all food chain operators (such as those involved in manufacturing, producing, processing, preserving, catering, storing, packaging, transporting and operating of restaurants/cafes) implement a food safety management system to ensure the supply of hygienic and safe food products and services.

The ISO 22000:2018 standard defines the requirements for organisations, to demonstrate their ability in ensuring that food is safe for consumption. This standard serves as a guideline in the implementation of a food safety management system, comprising of effective processes and best practices to improve food safety.

potential benefits For organisations with ISO 22000:2018 in place:

  1. Increased customer trust and satisfaction, through consistent provision of safe food products

  2. Meeting of applicable statutory and regulatory requirements

  3. Address business risks while focusing on organisational objectives

  4. Increased organisational productivity and efficiency

  5. Effective feedback for continual improvement


Roadmap to ISO 22000:2018 Certification

ISO 22000:2018 was published on 19 June 2018 and is to replace the previous edition - ISO 22000:2005. This standard establishes requirements of a Food Safety Management System and is intended for all organisations involved in the food chain, regardless of size or complexity.

By 18 June 2021, organisations must adopt this latest version of the ISO 22000:2018 standard; the previous 2005 version will not be recognised. To aid this transition, Stendard First™ creates the organisation-specific documents that adhere to ISO 22000:2018 within a day. Companies can implement the standard with ease.

+ Stage 1: Document Generation (By Stendard First™)

Stendard First™ is a smart generator that helps your organisation create a documentation structure (FSMS Manual, Procedures, Work Instruction and Forms) to meet the ISO 22000:2018 requirements.

Using an intuitive Q&A interface, questions are accompanied by layman hints, explanations and guidance. From the answers that you provide, a fully customised set of documents is generated. With just a click of the 'Export' button, gain full ownership of 30+ customised documents in just an instant.

What used to take 4-6 weeks to prepare, is now generated in less than 1/2 day. We tackle the most time consuming process for you.

+ Stage 2: Training (By Stendard)

Training is usually conducted in collaboration with our professional partners. This can include a general Standard Awareness Training or a more in-depth Internal Audit Training. We recommend at least one of your team mates to go for an Internal Audit Training, so you can be self-sufficient and able to perform your own internal audit.

+ Stage 3: Document Implementation (By you)

After you have generated your documents via Stendard First™ and have completed your training, you can finalise all the content details and get ready for implementation.

Upon implementing your FSMS documents, it is time to start following the procedures and using the forms day-to-day.

+ Stage 4: Internal Audit (By you)

Based on the audit checklist generated via Stendard First™, your team will conduct an internal audit. The purpose is to make sure that everyone in your team is familiar with the documented procedures and are executing it well. Any non-conformance should be detected and recified. This is also a good exercise for everyone prior to the actual audit.

+ Stage 5: Certification (By Certification Bodies)

The final stage of this compliance journey is the actual certification audit. Every ISO 22000 audit goes in a 3-year cycle - an initial audit followed by 2 years of surveillance audits, and the cycle goes on. Upon successful completion of each audit, the ISO 22000 Certification is officially yours.


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