Since its launch in 2005, ISO 22000 has been adopted as the food safety management system (FSMS) standard of choice for more than 32,000 organisations worldwide (based on data from the annual ISO Survey last published in 2016). In addition, more than 16,000 organisations have been certified under the Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC) private certification scheme, the core requirements of which replicate ISO 22000. Given that many of these organisations are global players in the food manufacturing and processing sectors, these figures demonstrate the considerable influence that the standard exerts on global food safety.

The first major revision to ISO 22000 since its launch is expected to be published in 2018. The Draft International Standard (DIS) is now available and indicates that some significant changes are planned. This will affect not only those organisations that wish to maintain their system certification, but also those that are involved in the associated auditing programmes.

In line with agreed policy for management system standards, ISO 22000:2018 will adopt the 10-section, high-level structure created by ISO based on identical core text and common terms and definitions. It will therefore follow the same structure as ISO 9001. This change alone will impact the system scope, top management involvement, documentation of the system, application of the risk-based approach to organisational needs, and create a clear focus on the process approach through the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) cycle.

The changes will facilitate assimilation of the FSMS with other management system disciplines using this structure.