Achieve greater food safety with ISO 22000 certification.

The international standard ISO 22000 specifies requirements for food safety management systems. Through certification, manufacturers, distributors, and catering businesses demonstrate compliance with the highest standards of hygiene and safety in North America.

Prioritized food safety along the entire food chain

Greater trust of customers and end users in the products and processes

Ensures high standards of product safety

Increased customer satisfaction leading to stronger customer loyalty

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The ISO 22000 certificate for safe food

Food safety and consumer health go hand in hand. Hygiene and safety deficiencies in the food chain can have life-threatening consequences. Spoiled food is one of the leading factors in high economic losses every year. With the ISO 22000 standard, traders and manufacturers ensure high safety and quality in their production and distribution processes for feed and food. 

The ISO 22000 standard creates a transparent and internationally recognized standard for the entire food chain in the United States and globally. 

The standard combines several key factors of food safety such as transparent communication, traceable processes, and HACCP principles. In addition, so-called preventive programs (pre-requisite programs = PRP) are utilized. The standardization of the entire process is intended to ensure that producers as well as retailers can react quickly in the event of possible health hazards, and find the error in the chain.
Companies that have already been certified to ISO 22000 can also expand their certification to FSSC 22000 with an extension audit.

ISO 22000 was last revised in June 2018 and it replaced ISO 22000:2015. The revision introduced the more modern high-level structure (HLS), making it easier to integrate ISO 22000 certification into an existing management system. As of June 29, 2021, companies can only be certified to the latest ISO 22000:2018 standard.

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The four key factors of the ISO 22000 food safety standard.

ISO 22000 for food safety includes four central components. These include implementing effective PRPs (Prerequisite Programs), establishing and maintaining the Food Safety Management System (FSMS), organizing internal and external communications, and complying with HACCP requirements.

If companies have already implemented a Food Safety Management System, the ISO 22000 certification ensures its structured continuation and completion. Since the ISO 22000 food safety standard already meets the HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) requirements, companies do not need to have their HACCP concept certified separately.

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Is ISO 22000 suitable for my company?

The international standard ISO 22000 is intended for all companies that have connection with food. The size of the company does not play a crucial role. Accordingly, ISO 22000 certification is suitable for small to large businesses and organizations.

The ISO 22000 certificate is suitable for the following companies:

  • Food manufacturers
  • Manufacturers of additives
  • Logistics companies (storage & transport)
  • Food packaging companies
  • Retail, wholesale, and intermediate trade
  • Catering companies
  • Restaurants
  • Commercial kitchens
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ISO 22000 vs FSSC 22000

ISO 22000 certification provides high standards for food safety management systems. FSSC 22000 builds on ISO 22000 and is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

Companies that are already certified to ISO 22000 will benefit if they certify to FSSC 22000 because it usually requires only an extension audit rather than a full certification process.

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What is the process of obtaining an ISO 22000 certification?

In the first step, we will discuss the goals of your ISO 22000 certification and exchange information about your company. Based on this conversation, you will receive an individual quote customized to the needs of your company or organization.

Next, we will prepare the audit by finding a mutually agreeable date.  The optional gap assessment is used to identify potential for improvement in advance, as well as the strengths of your existing system.

In the third step, your system is analyzed and evaluated. This is how we determine whether your management system is running effectively and according to the standard. An auditor will check on site whether your management processes are functioning as required.

After the audit, the results are evaluated by the independent certification board of DQS Inc. If your food safety management system meets all requirements, you will receive the ISO 22000 certificate.

Every six months to one year (depending if you choose biannual or annual audit cycles), the central components of the system are audited on site to further improve the system and check if they are running effectively. DQS Inc. will start the recertification process, and, as long as all the standards continue to be met, you will receive a new certificate before expiration.


How much does an ISO 22000 certification cost?

The costs for ISO 22000 certification depends on various factors. For example, whether a certified management system such as ISO 9001 is already in use. In addition, factors such as the size of the company or the complexity of your organization also determine the cost and time of the certification process.

To give you a realistic price expectation, it is best to contact us so we can discuss the status and needs or your specific organization. We will provide you with a quote customized to your organization, which will allow you to budget for the specific costs of ISO 22000 certification.

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Why should companies use DQS Inc. to get an ISO 22000 certification?


  • All audits from one source
  • Many years of experience and competence
  • Global presence, with local US-based service
  • Highly solution-oriented and customer-focused, with appointed Customer Service Representative

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