Welcome to the official website for the ISO 22000 family.
This site was launched on January 1st 2011, and will be subject to continuous development, as the site is based on updated and valuable information from experts within the ISO 22000 family.
The aim of the site is to provide information on ISO 22000 issues for the different users of the ISO 22000 family.
22000 ensures fair competition
The global food industry is under pressure from a great number of private standards for food safety which suppliers in the food industry are required to consider and become certified by in order to be able to sell their products. Increasing costs of certification combined with inflexible requirements in private standards entail increasing costs without contributing to increased food safety. As an alternative to this development, a well founded and respected standard as ISO 22000 is needed.
The combination of ISO 22000 and ISO TS 22002-1 is recognised by most large operators on the global food market, GFSI included. In some countries, food authorities also accept ISO 22000 for third party certification of food business operators. With increased focus on global standards, food business operators will be able to compete internationally on equal terms.
In future, both national and international authorities as well as customers will focus on integration of food safety management throughout the food chain, farm-to-table, with a risk-oriented approach.
ISO 22000 can be used by organisations across food chains. It creates an ideal frame for establishing principles, procedures and guidelines which match the food chain while improving cost-effective management in industry. Furthermore, it provides practical tools needed for managing food safety as a single coherent system.
Up to the end of December 2010, at least 18 630 ISO 22000:2005 certificates had been issued in 138 countries and economies. This total represents an increase of 4 749 (+34%) over 2009 when the total was 13 881 in 129 countries and economies.
The top three countries for number of certificates were China, Greece and Turkey and the top three for growth in 2010 were China, Japan and Greece.
Top 10 countries for ISO 22000 certificates - 2010
Relationships of the 22000 family:
The ISO 22000 family of standards include 5 standards: ISO 22000:2005, ISO 22002-1:2009, ISO/TS 22003:2007, ISO/TS 22004:2005 and ISO 22005:2007.
ISO/TC 34/SC 17 is developing
a handbook which provides
guidance in the use of the ISO 22000 family of standards and describes the relationship among these
Expected publication date of the ISO handbook "How to use ISO 22000"is the summer of 2012.
TC 34/SC 17 facts and figures
For information about the scope, membership, published standards, work programme, business plans, committee structure and meetings, please go to the TC 34/SC 17 information page
How to get involved
Feedback on ISO 22000 family
If you wish to suggest improvements for the next version of this standard, please contact your national standards body.
If you have other feedback on the ISO 22000 family, you are welcome to send an e-mail to the ISO/TC 34 SC17 secretariat.
ISO 22000:2005 interpretations
ISO/TC 34/SC 17 has established an Expert
Panel to address generic questions which need official interpretation and will add understanding of
the application of the ISO 22000 family of standards.
All enquiries to the SC17 Expert Panel must be directed via your national standards body.
In addition, an FAQ-document has been developed to reply to frequently asked questions regarding the ISO 22000 family of standards.
|TC 34/SC 17 information page||General committee documents|
|Subcommittees/working groups (only available for SC17 members)||Meeting and resolutions and information on next meeting|
|Greetings from the Secretariat|