BSI Group Australia now conducts food safety training courses that deal specifically with the ISO 22000 certification, an internationally recognised standard for defining the requirements of a food safety management system that covers all links in the food chain.
Applicable to organisations that are involved in the food chain from ‘farm to fork’, the ISO 22000 standard combines generally recognised key elements to ensure food safety, including:
- interactive communication
- system management
- control of food safety hazards through pre-requisite programmes and HACCP plans; and
- continual improvement and updating of the food safety management system.
ISO 22000 is also suitable for companies seeking to integrate quality management systems, for example ISO 9001, and food safety management systems.
Food management certification to this standard can deliver a range of benefits to an organisation, including:
- potential for harmonisation of national standards
- compliance with Codex HACCP principles
- resource optimisation, internally and along the food chain
- better planning with less post process verification
- improved documentation
- systematic management of prerequisite programmes
- increased due diligence; and
- dynamic communication on food safety issues with suppliers, customers, regulators and other interested parties.