World Food Safety Day 2022

World Food Safety Day 2022

Today we celebrate World Food Safety Day, a day to acknowledge the importance of safe food in our day to day lives, something we often take for granted. Food safety is the responsibility of everyone throughout the supply chain. We play our part by providing third party accreditation services to bodies who in turn provide certification to organisations that are conforming to internationally recognised food safety standards. In line with WFSD22, ISO have released an updated version of the standard that will improve conformity assessment relevant to food safety.

ISO/TS 22003 has been utilised by scheme owners and accreditors as the basis for food safety management system certification schemes since it was first published in 2007. At the time, post-development of ISO 22000, there was a significant number of food safety management system schemes utilising various standards and components to manage the audit process. ISO/TS 22003 set a benchmark for the food safety management system certification process.

Fast forward to 2019, and during the revision of this document, while reflecting on certification schemes on offer to food businesses, JWG36 developed a proposal to develop a second part to the standard to set equivalent requirements for product schemes which include food safety management system elements. This part of the standard utilises ISO/IEC 17065 as the basis of requirements.

ISO/IEC 17065 is a broad-based document with minimum requirements for product certifiers. The broad scope of this document is necessary because of the large number of types of product certification, incorporating different conformity assessment activities. Part 2 of ISO 22003 now provides the basis for a food safety sector application which can be adopted by scheme owners as the basis for a food safety certification scheme that incorporates audit as a conformity assessment activity.

We now have two documents that support industry to achieve food safety certification. It also provides regulators and consumers with the confidence that certification bodies undertaking food safety certification, whether based on ISO/IEC 17021-1 or ISO/IEC 17065, meet minimum benchmarked requirements that provide confidence in the food safety outcomes achieved.

Safer food, better health.