ISO22000-2005 Food Safety Management System (FSMS) and HACCP Certificates

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Certification Overview
Certification Process
Certification Benefits

Certification Overview:


HACCP and ISO 22000 are both food safety certifications, HACCP is part of ISO 22000. While ISO 22000 certified companies are HACCP certified by default, companies can be HACCP certified only.


ISO22000-2005 Food Safety Management System (FSMS): ISO22000 is a standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization, for the food safety supply chain. It defines the requirements of FSMS, which is the food safety management system covering all organizations working in the food chain “from farm to fork”.


The standard combines generally recognized key elements to ensure food safety along the food chain, including:


1. Interactive communication

2. System management

3. Control of food safety hazards through pre-requisite programmers and HACCP plans

4. Continual improvement and updating of the food safety management system.


In other words ISO22000 consists of ISO9001 requirements, HACCP requirements and some GMP practices.


HACCP: In the 30 years since its conception, the Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point system (HACCP) has grown to become the universally recognized and accepted method for food safety assurance. The recent and growing concern about food safety from public health authorities, food industry and consumers worldwide has been the major impetus in the application of the HACCP system, so WHO (World Health Organization) has recognized the importance of the HACCP system for prevention of food borne diseases for over 20 years and has played an important role in its development and promotion.


HACCP is a management system in which food safety is addressed through the analysis and control of biological, chemical, and physical hazards from raw material production, procurement and handling, to manufacturing, distribution and consumption of the finished product.


Certification Process:


Once the company develops its internal integrated management system in accordance with ISO9001 requirements either by consulting external consultants or by using its internal employees to develop the system, the company can apply for the certificate with one of the certifications bodies such as Société Générale de Surveillance (SGS), Det Norske Veritas (DNV), and Lloyds Quality Assurance Registrar (LRQA).


Once the company prepares the application form[3], the lead assessors will arrange for the audit. Usually the first audit is conducted into two stages: off-site audit and field audit. In the offsite audit the auditor ensures that the developed system (documented system) complies with ISO 22000/HACCP requirements. In the field audit the auditor ensures that the developed systems are implemented and enhanced.


Depending on the audit results, the company will either become ISO 22000/HACCP certified or the certificate will be suspended until the company makes the necessary corrective procedures.




The cost of certification depends on the number days and frequency required to conduct the external audit, which is dependant on the size of the company and the scopes of work. The certification body usually charges about $800 USD per day.


Certification Benefits:


Companies that are ISO22000 and HACCP certified, not only comply with the local and regional regulations regarding food processing, but also ensure that customer requirements are fulfilled with regards to the best practices in food processing. ISO 22000 certification for Palestinian meat companies enable them to enter new markets mainly in the Arab gulf.


Since HACCP and ISO 22000 include internal system development, similar to that of ISO9001 certification, companies gain other benefits like decreasing the operational costs, increasing sales volumes, and clear identification of responsibilities and authorities.


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