Back to Top

ISO 22000/ISO22002 Process

ISO 22000/ISO22002 Process

Application for Certification

A copy of the application can be found HERE. ALL information requested in the application must be provided to ensure the Scope of Certification is clearly defined.

Completion of the Client Packet and Proposal for Services

At this step in the process we negotiate payment terms and provide information and agree to pricing. Also at this step the client agrees to abide by the Certification Rules. These rules can be found HERE and will also be provided with the proposal for services.

Define the Scope of Certification

Only processes defined in the scope can be sold as being certified against ISO 22000/ISO 22002 standard. The scope of certification is listed on the certification so it is important that the scope be clearly defined and consistent with the products the client wishes to be audited. After the Application for Certification is received FSNS C&A personnel will develop a tentative scope based on the information provided within the application. A Scope Proposal Form is sent to the client for review, once the scope is agreed upon the client will sign the proposal form.

Audit Plan and Communication with the Auditor

Once the Scope of Certification is defined a qualified auditor will be assigned to the client and tentative Audit Plan will be developed and sent to the client. The Audit Plan will include the auditor information, start times and a tentative schedule of events.The auditor will be in contact with the client prior to the audit date to answer any questions about the audit process.

Stage 1 Audit Process

Initial ISO 22000/22003 certification audits are conducted in two phases. The purpose of the stage 1 is to focus on the documentation of the food safety programs such as the food safety management system, HACCP plan, pre-requisite programs and organizational/training information

Opening Meeting

The audit objectives and schedule will be discussed during the opening meeting. General information regarding the facility and company will also be discussed. The senior most operations person should attend the opening meeting.

Conducting the Audit

Audit will be conducted consistent with the requirements detailed in ISO 22000/ISO22002. The focus of the Stage 1 audit will be on written policies and procedures. Time required for the Stage 1 audit will is based on the size and complexity of the facility.

Closing Meeting

All non-conformities will be discussed during the closing meeting. Any questions regarding non-conformities will be addressed and, if necessary, the appeals process will be explained to the client. The protocol for completing the corrective action plan and submitting corrective actions will also be discussed.

Preliminary Report

Within 10 days of the audit a preliminary report will be provided to the client for review. At this time further instructions will be provided which outline the process for providing corrective actions for review.

Corrective Action Submission

All non-conformities must be corrected and evidence demonstrating that the corrective action has been implemented must be submitted to FSNS C&A within 21 days of the audit for minor non-conformities and 10 days for major non-conformities. CAs undergo a dual review by qualified FSNS C&A personnel. All information provided by the client will be kept confidential. Corrective actions must be reviewed and approved prior to the Stage 2 audit.

Stage 2 Audit Process

The Phase 2 assessment focuses on the implementation and effectiveness of the food safety systems.

Opening Meeting

The audit objectives and schedule will be discussed during the opening meeting. General information regarding the facility and company will also be discussed. The senior most operations person should attend the opening meeting.

Conducting the Audit

Audit will be conducted consistent with the requirements detailed in the ISO 22000/22002. Time required for the audit will is based on the size and complexity of the facility.

Closing Meeting

All non-conformities will be discussed during the closing meeting. Any questions regarding non-conformities will be addressed and, if necessary, the appeals process will be explained to the client. The protocol for completing the corrective action plan and submitting corrective actions will also be discussed.

Preliminary Report

Within 10 days of the audit a preliminary report will be provided to the client for review. At this time further instructions will be provided which outline the process for providing corrective actions for review.

Corrective Action Submission

All non-conformities must be corrected and evidence demonstrating that the corrective action has been implemented must be submitted to FSNS C&A within 25 days of the audit for minor non-conformities and 10 days for major non-conformities. CAs undergo a dual review by qualified FSNS C&A personnel. All information provided by the client will be kept confidential.

Post-Audit Process

Final Report

Once all corrective actions have been reviewed and accepted the certification decision is made. All certification requirements must be reviewed and verified prior to the certification decision. Once the review and verification process is complete a final report with the corrective action plan will be sent to the client and posted to the SQF database. Per SQF requirements the final report will be sent to the client no later than 45 days from the audit date. Certificate along with the final report a certificate will be issued to the client provided that the client meets the minimum required for certification as defined by SQF. The certificate includes the issue date, re-audit due date, and expiry date. It is the responsibility of the client to schedule the audit prior to the ‘Audit Due Date’ listed on the certificate.

Certificate

Along with the final report a certificate will be issued to the client provided that the client meets the minimum required for certification as defined by SQF. The certificate includes the issue date, re-audit due date, and expiry date. It is the responsibility of the client to schedule the audit prior to the ‘Audit Due Date’ listed on the certificate.

Surveillance Audit

Surveillance audits are to be conducted a minimum of once annually. Surveillance activity is performed to assess the continued compliance with the ISO 22000/22002 requirements The first surveillance audit, following initial certification, must be performed within 12 months from the last day of the stage 2 audit. Subsequent surveillance audits should be performed on, or before the anniversary date of the last day of the stage 2 audit. Surveillance audits may be performed more frequently based on the performance of the facility.

Re-certification Audit

Once a client has been certified the certification is valid for a period of three years provided the certificate is not withdrawn or suspended based on surveillance activity or due to other factors. Recertification audits are scheduled three years from the calendar date of the initial certification audit. The certification audit may not be scheduled more than 30 days prior from the initial audit date. The recertification audit may not be scheduled later than the anniversary date of the initial audit.

Quick Contact

Phone number like : 999-999-9999

*Personal data is collected on this website only to the extent required by the technology. Under no circumstances is the collected data sold or passed on to third-parties for any other reason.