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ISO 22000 Certification Mark

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Certification:  ts-iso-22000-en-example

Management system certification / Voluntary assessment   

Basis for Certification (certification standard):

International standard ISO 22000 (requirements for food safety management systems)                                  

Standard owner:

ISO International Organization for Standardization


What does the standard ISO 22000 cover?

The standard ISO 22000 defines the requirements for a certifiable food safety management system (FSMS) of an organisation. These requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • The organisation has established a suitable food safety management system, including mechanisms for risk identification, self-assessment, preventive and corrective actions and continuous improvement of its performance.
  • The organisation analyses and considers the food-safety requirements of its customers and the requirements of the applicable codes and standard.
  • The certified organisation defines the required characteristics of the products and services offered and the underlying processes, and monitors them at regular intervals in the form of internal audits to meet the food-safety requirements of customers.

  • What does “certification” and/or the issue of a certification mark for ISO 22000 by TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH mean?
    • The customer has submitted to voluntary assessment (audit) according to defined criteria (certification standard).
    • A certificate and/or the authorisation to use a certification mark is only issued if the assessment (audit) does not reveal any major nonconformities with the requirements of the certification standard.
    • The certificates and/or certification marks are valid for a restricted period of time. Interested parties can check the validity of individual certificates in the certificate database of TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH.
    • To maintain certificate validity, the certificate holder must annually complete an announced audit with a positive result.
    • Unannounced audits are possible in specific cases.
  • How do we audit?

    Independent and qualified experts (auditors) apply the following auditing techniques:

    • Document review:
      Evaluation of the organisation’s requirements and/or documentation to ensure the systematic control of all processes relevant for the food safety management system.

    • On-site-audit:
      Verification, in the form of interviews and on-site inspection at the customer's premises, that the above requirements are effectively implemented in practice. Random on-site checks of processes based on records, such as available measurement results, minutes of meetings, training and qualification records, complaints management and records related to defined objectives and the resulting improvement projects.
  • What is beyond the scope of certification according to ISO 22000?
    • Certification according to ISO 22000 does not constitute product certification. Certification thus does not provide any direct statements on the quality of a product or service of the certified customer. Certification according to ISO 22000 does not mean that the company manufactures products or provides services of higher quality.
    • Certification according to ISO 22000 does not ensure in each specific case that a product or service complies with customer requirements concerning food safety, even though this is one of the key objectives of the food safety management system.



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