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ISO 22000 Certification

For Growers and Food Manufacturers
Bernadette Goldstein, Sales and Marketing Managerphone icon510.452.6825 Email

Prove your ability to control food safety hazards with ISO 22000 certification, an International Standard for food safety management that is applicable to all organization in the food chain, from farm to fork. The standard provides robust food safety management requirements for growers, food manufacturers and other entities across the human food and animal feed supply chains. Certification to ISO 22000 provides assurance that your organization can control food safety hazards and supply safe food to consumers.

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Program Details

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) developed the Food Safety Management System Certification: ISO 22000. ISO and its member countries used the Quality Management System approach, and tailored it to apply to Food Safety, incorporating the widely used and proven HACCP principles and Good Manufacturing Principles (addressed by the pre-requisite program in ISO 22000).

Certification Criteria
Non conformances are based on minor, major and critical.

Encouraged to ensure the site is prepared for an actual audit.

Complementary Services
In addition to ISO 22000 audits, SCS offers a full suite of food safety and food quality testing. Combine ISO 22000 Certification with Organic CertificationCertified Sustainably Grown or Fair Trade Certification, for added operational and cost benefits.

Evaluation Process
  1. Apply for Auditing: Fill out an SCS Application form. Contact SCS at [email protected] to request guidance. SCS will return a proposal for your approval with suggested scope of work, timeline and quote. To initiate the certification process, return a signed proposal and Work Order.
  2. Reporting Stage (Stage 1 and 2 audits are on-site): An on-site audit of your operation is carried out to ensure that your operation complies with the ISO 22000 Standard. A team meeting is required at the beginning and the end of the audit. At the conclusion of the audit, the auditor explains the audit results, including any non-conformities. Identified non-conformities must be addressed and evidence of correction provided to SCS within 30 days. 
  3. Make Certification Decision: SCS conducts a final technical review of the audit report and Corrective Action documentation and makes the final certification decision. If certification is granted, SCS issues the certificate and final report to the facility/operation.
  4. Recertification: Maintain compliance and renew annually.

Benefits of certification through SCS:

  • Limit Risk - Minimize the potential for food safety incidents and recalls.
  • Become a Preferred Supplier - Many retailers require SQF certification for their manufacturers and suppliers.
  • Competitive Edge - Assure your customers that food has been produced, processed, prepared and handled in accordance with rigorous standards.
  • Improvement over Time - Demonstrate continual improvements to quality and safety processes.
  • Professional service - SCS is known for our thorough and timely audits.
  • Combined services - Take advantage of our broad food and agriculture certification expertise, from safety to sustainability, to earn recognition for multiple achievements most cost-effectively.
  1. What is ISO 22000 Certification?

ISO 22000 is a Food Safety Management System that can be applied to any organization in the food chain, farm to fork. Becoming certified to ISO 22000 allows a company to show their customers that they have a food safety management system in place.

  1. How does ISO 22000 differ from other food safety certification programs?

ISO 22000 is not a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked standard. This means that if your customer base or market is looking for a GFSI Recognized standard you should look at FSSC 22000, which is the most similar to ISO 22000 or one of the other GFSI recognized certification schemes. ISO 22000 can be applied independently of other management system standards. Its implementation can be aligned or integrated with existing related management system requirements. ISO 22000 requires continual improvement and updating of the management system.

  1. What type of businesses will benefit from the ISO 22000 certification?

Food Producers and Food Manufacturers

  1. How much does ISO 22000 certification cost?

Our fees for Food Safety Management System certification are based on our commitment to making certification services cost-effective for all prospective clients, both large and small. Our charges are reflective of actual work performed, within a limited sliding scale fee structure. To prevent any potential conflict of interest, SCS charges for its certification whether or not a certification is ultimately granted. This policy ensures that there is no incentive to issue certifications that are not earned.

  1. How long does an audit take?

Based on # of HACCP Plans, # of employees, absence of certified management relevant system, and process complexity.

  1. How do I prepare for my audit?

Senior management to provide adequate financial and employee resources. Read the standard to understand the requirements. Establish a food safety team. Setting food safety objectives with key performance indicators. Write Food Safety Management System Manual (with policies), Procedures, Work Instructions, and Forms, Maintain Records.

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