ISO 22000:2018 – Food Safety Management

The ISO 22000: 2018 standard, which was once listed under ISO 22000: 2005, relates to the quality assurance of food safety. With its publication in 2018, the standard was adapted, updated and revised to the ISO High Level Structure (HLS). 2021 is therefore particularly important for companies with the former certification. In order to still meet today’s food safety challenges, companies with the old standards must switch to the 2018 version of the standard by June 19, 2021. After that, the old version becomes invalid.

The basic principles of the previous version of ISO 22000 have been retained. Because many matters remain the same as before. Still, there are plenty of changes. These were caused, among other things, by the HLS as well as by factors of increasing globalization.

More and more distant countries are drawing closer. And above all the global corona pandemic has shown how important it is to maintain security in different areas. Today, food is flying halfway around the world and merging national borders. A high quality standard in this sector is important for the entire world population.


What is the goal of ISO 22000?

This standard is defined to meet the requirements for food safety worldwide in one standard. This international standard aims to equate food safety management worldwide. The aim is to ensure the safety of food throughout the entire chain, i.e. from the producer to the consumer. ISO 22000: 2018 applies the ISO High Level Structure (HLS), which applies to all ISO standards. Since it has the same structure as other widely used ISO standards like ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, it will be easier to integrate with other management systems.