ISO 22000 certification steps
Step 1: Learn about ISO 22000
The first step in your progress towards building your Food Safety Management System is to
understand what the ISO 22000 requires and how it will affect your organization.
Step 2: Compare your current system to the requirements
In order to be able to plan your project, you will need to know exactly what needs to be done in
your organization to meet the requirements of the standard. Identify what requirements you
already meet, and list the ones that need to be addressed.
* To accomplish this, you will perform a gap analysis
Step 3: Plan your project
Once you have your list of requirements that you need to address, you can start planning your
project. Using teams to implement the FSMS is a very efficient and effective approach. It brings
in employees from all parts of the organization to participate in the development and
implementation, assuring the effectiveness of the final system as well as employee ownership of
Step 4: Design a document your system
With the team approach to implementation, there is a team assigned for each of the processes
that must be documented. For example, a team assigned to work on the document control system
and procedure will work together to make any changes to the current system to bring it into
compliance. Then they will document the procedure as well as any necessary work instructions
or forms. The team uses information from the Gap Analysis to determine what must be done to
bring the process into compliance. They may also use a prewritten procedure to assist them. This
will provide them with a foundation to work from as well as an example of a process that
complies with the ISO 22000 requirements. They will tailor the procedure to reflect your
Step 5: Train employees and an internal audit team
In order to complete the implementation of the system, employees must be trained, both any new
processes that have been implemented and on the requirements of the standard.
Step 6: registration audit
When the day of your Registration Audit has arrived, it is time to showcase your Food Safety
Management System. The Auditor or Auditors are coming in to see how you have addressed the
requirements of ISO 22000, and how you have designed your FSMS.