ISO/TC 34/SC 17

Management systems for food safety


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.

Market survey 2013

ISO has strong focus on ensuring that developed standards are market driven. The SC 17 Secretariat is constantly working to improve our connections to the market and the users of the ISO 22000 standards.
The Secretariat has therefore decided to conduct a survey with questions about market relevance and value.
The more responses we get and the more stakeholder categories represented in the answers - the more valuable is the inputs to us. It is therefore important to stress that this survey is open to all with an interest in ISO 22000 standards, and that you are very welcome to forward the survey-link out extensively to all you think might be relevant. You are also welcome to invite experts in your network to forward the link out into their own networks.
Input from this survey will be presented at the next meeting of ISO/TC 34/SC 17 in November 2013. ISO/TC 34/SC 17 will assess how to use these inputs, and whether they will influence the SC17 Strategy Plan 2013-2017.

We hope that you will assist us by submitting your survey replies using the following link no later than 2013-10-31: https://survey.enalyzer.com/?pid=hg8nepun

About ISO 22000

ISO 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

1 China 5575
2 Greece 1197
3 Turkey 1088
4 India 1020
5 Taipei, Chinese 948
6 Romania 641
7 Poland 629
8 Japan 482
9 Spain 364
10 Egypt 276

Charts showing the growth of ISO 22000 (pdf)


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 standards.
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


Evolution of ISO TC 34/SC 17 membership


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
Meeting calendar Projects
Greetings from the Secretariat  

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Making it safe to eat - the ISO 22000 series Charting the growth of ISO 22000

TC 34/SC 17 Chairperson

Mr. Jacob Færgemand, Chairman TC 34/SC 17
Jacob Færgemand
Jacob Færgemand
Tel.: +45 77 31 11 22

TC 34/SC 17 Secretary

Ms Lone Skjerning
Lone Skjerning
Lone Skjerning

Secretariat support team:

Ms. Helene Jackson, TC 34/SC 17 support team
Helene Jackson
Helene Jackson
Tel.: +45 39 96 6163

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