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Addition to ISO 22000 Series to Boost Consumer Confidence in Certification of Food Safety Management Systems


New York, Mar 02, 2007

In an effort to further boost consumer confidence in the certification of food safety management systems, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) recently published the latest addition to the ISO 22000 series on food safety management.

ISO/TS 22003:2007, Food safety management systems - Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems, provides guidance for the bodies that carry out auditing and certification of food safety management systems (FSMS) to the International Standard, ISO 22000:2005. The technical specification places rigorous requirements for competence and impartiality on these bodies, covering such topics as management and personnel, resource and process requirements. ISO/TS 22003 was developed by ISO technical committee ISO/TC 34, Food products, in partnership with the ISO Committee on Conformity Assessment (ISO/CASCO).

ISO 22000:2005, Food safety management systems - Requirements for any organization in the food chain, provides a framework for all types of organizations within the food chain to demonstrate the ability to control food safety hazards [See related article: New International Standard for Safe Food Supply Chains]. Under the standard, an organization must meet all applicable food safety-related statutory and regulatory requirements through its management system. While certification to ISO 22000:2005 is not itself a requirement of the standard, in situations where certification is deemed necessary by customers, regulators or as a marketing differentiator, ISO/TS 22003 will increase confidence in the way certification of food suppliers has been granted.

In response to the market’s need for confidence in third party management systems certification in the food sector, the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) is accepting applications for accreditation in this field. ANAB has been closely connected to developments in this sector through the members of the Institute’s accreditation council who participated in ISO TC 34 as the documents evolved. Interested parties are encouraged to visit www.anab.org for further information.

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