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ISO 22000 Standard Food Safety Management System (FSMS) And Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)
Global Consultants (GC) Company provides diversified ISO 22000/HACCP services in Kuwait, including ISO 22000/HACCP consulting, training or certification.
Regarding consulting services, GC as ISO 22000/HACCP consultant helps business entities identify clauses of ISO 22000/HACCP standards and apply them to Food Safety Management System (FSMS) Standard and/or Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) to become a standardized management system.
On the ISO 22000/HACCP training side, GC transfers know-how to the people (human resources) who will practice and audit the system on a regular basis.
In respect of ISO 22000/HACCP certification services, GC as ISO 22000/HACCP consultant connects you with all certification bodies, who independently audit your Food Safety Management System (FSMS) and/or your Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) management system to ensure its compliance with the standard. Successful audit round leads to granting an international certificate.
ISO 22000/HACCP specifies a management system that is intended to bring Food Safety Management System (FSMS) OR your Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) management system under explicit management control. Being a formal specification means that it mandates specific requirements.
Business entities who have adopted ISO 22000/HACCP can therefore be formally audited and certified as compliant with the standard.
Food represents a vital source of human life, whether in the form of processed or unprocessed products. There have been tremendous breakthroughs in food production and processing, transportation, marketing control and analysis techniques. However, food safety is hit by numerous challenges, including transmission of diseases, toxicants and hazardous materials to human body, thus weighing heavily on the food producers and importers, alike. The implications of such hazards extend to cover entities benefiting from foodstuff, such as Ministry of Health and Ministry of Education, where meals are distributed to patients and students, respectively. Furthermore, the growing awareness within the community of the issue has added an additional burden on everyone who deals in food to comply with food safety requirements.
Therefore, laws have been enacted in Kuwait through the Kuwait Municipality, as a regulator, to control food safety in the local market. Technical conditions have been developed for those entities willing to bid for government tenders to implement safe systems for food manufacturing and supply for government authorities. Hence, the business entities operating in the field of food need to implement the standard specifications and quality standards to ensure food safety and the health of society as a whole.
The aim of international standard ISO 22000:2005, as well as the HACCP system, is to produce safe foods that do not cause any harm to the consumer. These standards establish controls at various stages in the food processing chain. Thus the entire concept can be encompassed within the phrase - "Food Safety from Farm to Fork".
At Global Consultants we provide you with the following services:
Advisory services for food safety management system related to ISO 22000: 2005, or the HACCP system, or an integrated system applying both standards.
Contacting ISO certification bodies that audit your established and implemented system to get your business certified against ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management System (FSMS) Standard or the HACCP system.
Entities interested in implementing the ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management System (FSMS) Standard or the HACCP system would raise many questions, which together constitute a roadmap for getting certified against ISO 22000:2005 (FSMS) Standard or the HACCP system. Below, we explore a set of hypothetical questions and their answers according to the following sequence:
1- What is ISO 22000:2005 Standard?
  ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management System (FSMS) Standard specifies requirements of food safety for organizations involved in food processing. The standard helps set controls and eliminate hazards that threaten the safety of food, thereby making it fit for human consumption
2- What is Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) System?
  Since 1960s, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), in collaboration with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began research to develop standard requirements for food safety. Hence, the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) emerged. HACCP system is concerned with identifying the physical, chemical and biological hazards at all stages of food chain until it is received by the end user in order to prevent the occurrence of such hazards.
3- What are the entities that need to be qualified against ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management System (FSMS) Standard?
 
Farms
Meat producers
Food and beverage producers
Food containers producers
Packaging materials producers such as plastic and cardboard, etc.
Providers of food logistics and storage service
Animal feedstuff, fertilizers and animal medicine producers
Wholesalers and retailers
Restaurants
Hotels’ internal and external restaurants
Central kitchens in public and private hospitals
Central kitchens in government authorities, oil companies and private sector
4- What are the benefits of implementing ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management System (FSMS) Standard or HACCP system?
  Certifying your food management system against the requirements of ISO 22000:2005 will bring the following benefits to your organization:
 
Ensures the supply of safe food
Develops internal systems that guarantee the supply of safe food
Reduces the chances of Product Recall as it is a preventive system which works to reduce the potential hazards associated with food
Facilitates global markets access in terms of global export
Increases consumer confidence in the product
Facilitates the task of inspection for regulators
Increases the chances of awarding in government tenders
5- What is the starting point for any business that decides to proceed on implementing ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management System (FSMS) Standard or HACCP system?
  You can approach a specialized consulting firm, i.e. Global Consultants Co., where you will be in contact with a team of qualified experts who are holders of specialized certificates in ISO 22000:2005 / HACCP. These distinguished experts at Global Consultants are able to qualify businesses for certification against SO 22000:2005 and / or HACCP.
6- What is the role played by Global Consultants as a consulting firm for qualifying a business for certification against ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management System (FSMS) Standard or HACCP system?
  Global Consultants offers advisory services as per the phases described below:
 
Phase I : Analysis of the gap between the current situation and ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management System (FSMS) Standard or HACCP requirements.
Phase II : Documenting the system according to ISO 22000:2005 FSMS Standard / or HACCP requirements.
Phase III : Supervising the system implementation.
Phase IV : Internal audit and management review
Phase V : Training on the principles of ISO 22000:2005 FSMS Standard or HACCP, and steps to identify and control hazards
Phase VI : Following-up with the Certification Body.
Phase VII : System Maintenance during the Certification validity.
7- What is the difference between ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management System (FSMS) Standard and HACCP system?
  ISO 22000:2005 Standard establishes a system of self-assessment to ensure the continued safety of food, while HACCP system identifies food safety hazards and develops methods to address them.
8- Which is better to implement; ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management System (FSMS) Standard or Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP)?
  ISO 22000:2005 is more comprehensive than HACCP system as ISO 22000: 2005 is an integrated system consisting of several parts. HACCP system constitutes only a part of the standard, which contains the Prerequisite Program necessary to control the hazards, which are beyond the company’s control before they occur.
9- What are the 7 common principles of ISO 22000:2005 FSMS Standard and HACCP?
  The seven principles common between ISO 22000:2005 FSMS Standard and HACCP system are:
 
PRINCIPLE 1 : Conduct a hazard analysis.
PRINCIPLE 2 : Determine the Critical Control Points (CCPs).
PRINCIPLE 3 : Establish critical limit(s).
PRINCIPLE 4 : Establish a system to monitor control of the CCP.
PRINCIPLE 5 : Establish the corrective action.
PRINCIPLE 6 : Establish procedures for verification to confirm that the HACCP system is working effectively.
PRINCIPLE 7 : Establish documentation concerning all procedures and records appropriate to these principles and their application.
10- How long does it take a consulting firm to qualify a business for certification against ISO 22000:2005 FSMS Standard?
  The period required to qualify a business entity for certification against this standard ranges from 3 to 6 months, depending on the outcome of Phase I in question 5 above, i.e. analyzing of the gap between the current situation and the ISO 22000:2005 standard requirements.
11- What is the Certification Body? What is the role played by them in certifying a business entity against ISO 22000:2005 Standard or the HACCP system?
  The Certification Body is an internationally accredited entity that pursues the process of independent external audit on systems implemented within the business entity.
  The role of the Certification Body is limited to auditing the system that was created by the business entity in accordance with the ISO 22000:2005 standard requirements. If the audit results in the system compliance with those requirements, the business entity shall be certified against ISO 22000:2005 FSMS Standard or the HACCP system.
12- What are the International Accreditation Bodies?
  Each certificate issued by the certification body must be approved by an international accreditation body. The accreditation bodies are often governmental or non-profit agencies working to develop standards for audits to be done by the certification body to ensure their commitment to quality service. Examples of accreditation bodies include the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), and others.
13- What is the validity period of the ISO 22000:2005 certificate obtained by a business entity?
  The Certificate is valid for three years from the date of successfully passing the audit by the Certification Body.
14- Does the certification body perform any periodic audits during the validity of the certificate? Is this optional or mandatory?
  Yes, the certification body performs mandatory periodic audit throughout the validity of the certificate, once or twice a year, depending on the certification body’s estimation of the size of the food safety management system maintained by the business entity and the related hazard sources.
15- Does the consulting firm has any advisory role to offer to the business entity during the certificate validity?
  This depends on the needs of the business entity itself. However, based on our experiences with many business entities, we find that the commitment of the consulting firm in providing their services to internal audit team and to all organizational units on the implementation mechanisms ensures the effective implementation of the system and minimizes the chances of non-compliance with ISO 22000:2005 requirements, which may result in withdrawing the certificate. Withdrawing the certificate, even if valid in the period, requires the business entity not to use the certificate or its trademark and to discontinue disclosing to any third party of its validity. Otherwise the entity will be subject to legal accountability in this regard.
16- When the certificate expires, how is ISO 22000:2005 or HACCP Certification renewed?
  Upon expiry, a substantial audit of the system shall be done again to ensure its safety and comprehensive updating. If the audit results in the system compliance with the applicable standards, the certificate shall be re-issued to be valid for another three year period.
17- Does Global Consultants offer any training programs to qualify Food Safety Management System employees for the ISO 22000:2005 Standard or the HACCP system?
  Yes, Global Consultants provides four types of training on the ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management System (FSMS) Standard and HACCP, as follows:
 
A. Awareness training courses on the requirements of the ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management System (FSMS) Standard and HACCP system. These courses are delivered over specific hours daily, which fit the work system at the business entity.
B. "ISO 22000:2005 Internal Auditor" training courses, which are delivered over periods of three days, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and end with an exam administered by Global Consultants (if non-accredited certificates are required) or by a certification body (if accredited certificates are required).
C. "HACCP Internal Auditor" training courses, which are delivered over periods of three days, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and end with an exam administered by Global Consultants (if non-accredited certificates are required) or by a certification body (if accredited certificates are required).
D. Accredited “ISO 22000:2005 Lead Auditor" training courses, which are delivered over periods of five days, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and end with an exam administered by a certification body
If you still require further information not covered in the above Q/As, kindly contact us through the Business Development Department and we would be happy to answer all your queries regarding the ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management System (FSMS) Standard or HACCP system.
 
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