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Food Safety Management System according to ISO 22000

Management Systems for food safety, introduce a documented method of possible risks in processing, throughout the whole chain of food production, distribution and final consumption. They are based on Standards and Principles that thoroughly describe all procedures which are necessary, in order to achieve effective monitoring of safe food production. The development and implementation of such a system, by companies that are working in the food production business, contributes in the minimization of risk during production processing, storing and marketing of products. The principles of HACCP (Hazard Analysis on Critical Control Points) indicate the way for an effective development and implementation of a food safety system.

The European Union has indicated food safety as a prime priority. Based on Council Directive 93/43/EEC for food hygiene and recently on EC Regulation 178/2000 , where it is specified the foundation of a European Authority for Food Safety, the European Community seeks for a new more valid approach regarding the issue.

Hellenic Legislation, harmonized with reg. 93/43/EC, and Joint Ministerial Decision 487/04-10-2000 , demands for adoption of HACCP’s basic procedures by all food sector’s companies, in order to monitor the critical control points during foodstuff’s production.

The International Standards Organization (ISO) acknowledging the need of a standard which will be held as a basis worldwide, issued on September 2005, the international standard ISO 22000:2005. The new standard includes all HACCP principles, whilst harmonizing with the ISO 9001:2000 standard. This new standard may be implemented by all companies that are involved in the production, packing, processing and marketing of foodstuff, regardless of their size.
Certification according to such a standard (ISO 22000:2005, HACCP) is a powerful competitive advantage for the holders and a new starting point for extending their business activities and aspirations.


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Research beyond the business plan

The requirements for a quality system have been standardized – but many organizations like to consider themselves as unique. So how does ISO 9001:2008 allow the multiformity, on the one hand for a sole trader, and for a multinational manufacturing company with service components, or a public utility, or a government administration on the other hand?
The answer is that ISO 9001:2008 lays down the requirements a quality system must meet, but does not indicate how they should be met in a particular organization. This leaves great scope and flexibility for implementation in different business sectors and business cultures, as well as in different national cultures.

  1. The standard requires the organization itself to audit its QMS according to ISO 9001:2008 – in order to verify that it is managing its processes effectively – or, in other words, to check that it is fully in control of its activities.
  2. In addition, the organization may invite its clients to audit the quality system in order to give them confidence that the organization is capable of delivering products or services that will meet their requirements.
  3. Lastly, the organization may engage the services of an independent quality system certification body to obtain an ISO 9001:2008 certificate of conformity. This last option has been proved extremely popular in the market due to the perceived credibility of an independent assessment.
    The organization may thus avoid multiple audits by its clients, or reduce the frequency or duration of client audits. The certificate can also serve as a business reference between the organization and potential clients, especially when supplier and client are new to each other, or far removed geographically, as in an export context.

ISO 9001:2008 introduces no new requirements. ISO 9001:2008 introduces just clarifications for the existing requirements of ISO 9001:2000 based on eight years of experience of implementing the standard world wide with about one million certificates issued in 170 countries up to date.
It also introduces changes intended to improve consistency with ISO14001:2004.

As the name “International Organization for Standardization” would have different acronyms in different languages (“IOS” in English, “OIN” in French for Organisation internationale de normalisation), its founders decided to give it also a short, all-purpose name.
They chose “ISO”, derived from the Greek isos, meaning “equal”.
Whatever the country, whatever the language, the short form of the organization’s name is always ISO.

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