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The Transitioning to ISO 22000:2018 Food Safety Management System (FSMS) seminar was successfully held by SGS Malaysia on 6th August 2018. Ms. Lisa Lim, experienced food lead auditor, elaborated on the key changes in the new version and explained the road map to transition from the currently certified ISO 22000:2005 to ISO 22000:2018.

ISO 22000 is a food safety management system that can be applied to any organization working along the food value chain. From farm to fork, it gives economic operators the ability to produce high-quality, safe food and show customers the importance they place on hygiene and safety.

On June 19, 2018, the final version of the new ISO 22000 standard was published by the International Standard Organization (ISO). Since it was first published in 2005, ISO 22000 has remained largely unchanged, despite the transformations that have taken place in the food industry in the intervening years.

In common with all new or amended standards issued by ISO, the latest version of ISO 22000 is aligned with the High Level Structure (HLS) convention, or Annex SL. This allows an organization’s Food Safety Management System to be integrated with other ISO standards, for example ISO 9001 for Quality Management Systems and ISO 14001 for Environmental Management Systems. The high level of integration makes it much simpler for businesses to adopt.

Additional changes/improvements include:

  • Clarification of the application of the PDCA (Plan-Do-Check-Act) cycle so organizations can ensure their processes are adequately resourced and managed and that opportunities for improvement are acted upon. The revision adopts two inter-related PDCA cycles, the food safety management system and the product production/service delivery PDCA based around the Codex HACCP principles.
  • A new approach to risk. The original version of the standard only considered the risk posed by the product to the final consumer through the application of the Codex HACCP principles. In the new version, Codex HACCP is still required but is supplemented by an organizational consideration of risk.
  • Simplified clause structure that allows a more linear approach to implementation through the following of a step by step process.


Economic operators along the food value chain adopting the latest version of ISO 22000 benefit in several ways:
  • Better control over food safety activities
  • Assured customer, statutory and regulatory compliance
  • Facilitated market growth
  • Increased customer, stakeholder and consumer confidence
  • Improved risk management
  • Integration with other ISO management systems


ISO 22000:2018 Foundation Training


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Certification and Business Enhancement, SGS Malaysia
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