ISO 22000 Certification
in Oman

ISO 22000 certification in Oman

ISO 22000 describes requirements for a Food Safety Management System (FSMS) and sets out what requirements an organization must meet to demonstrate that it can control food safety hazards.

Unsafe food can have severe health consequences, so it is crucial for organizations in the food supply chain to take steps to ensure their processes and products are safe. Today, many food products cross national borders, highlighting the need for a global standard for food safety management. ISO 22000 meets this need by providing guidelines organizations can follow to help identify and control hazards related to food safety.

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    What is ISO 22000?

    The ISO 22000 is a Food Safety Management System (FSMS) by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) which is outcome focused, providing requirements for any organization in the food industry in Oman with an objective to help improve the overall performance in food safety. This standard is intended to ensure safety in the global food supply chain. The standard involves the overall guidelines for food safety management and also focuses on traceability in the feed and food chain.

    ISO 22000 in Oman describes requirements for a food safety management system and sets out what requirements an organization must meet to demonstrate it can control food safety hazards. It covers organizations across the whole food chain, from the farm to the table. It is designed to ensure fair competition and provide for communication within and between organizations along the food chain.

    Communication along the food chain is essential to ensure that all relevant food safety hazards are identified and adequately controlled at each step within the food chain. This implies communication between organizations both upstream and downstream in the food chain. Communication with customers and suppliers about identified hazards and control measures will assist in clarifying customer and supplier requirements.

    Recognition of the organization’s role and position within the food chain is essential to ensure effective interactive communication throughout the chain in order to deliver safe food products to the consumer.

    The standard incorporates and complements the main elements of ISO 9001, the standard for quality management systems, as well as hazard analysis and critical control points (HACCP), a preventive approach to food safety.

    The standard provides a framework for organizations to develop, implement, monitor and continually improve a food safety management system, within the context of their overall business risks. To comply with the standard, businesses must meet all applicable food safety-related statutory and regulatory requirements.

    Organizations that want to create an FSMS that is more focused, coherent and integrated than what the law requires can benefit from ISO 22000 in Oman. It helps organizations with aspects of their operations such as food safety, hazard controls, their supply chain, HACCP, their business strategy and food traceability.

    What is a Food Safety Management System (FSMS)?

    Although the primary concern regarding food safety is the presence of food safety hazards at the point of consumption, these hazards can occur at any point along the food chain. Because of this, it is crucial to have adequate controls in place throughout the food chain, and all the organizations involved must collaborate to ensure safety.

    The primary elements of an FSMS, as described in ISO 22000 are:

    • Interactive communication across the organization
    • System management that includes documentation
    • Prerequisite programs, which ensure a clean, sanitary environment
    • HACCP principles, which help identify, prevent and remove food safety hazards

    The standard also covers other principles, which are part of all ISO management system standards. These principles are:

    What are the prerequisites to apply for the ISO 22000 certification in Oman?

    When seeking compliance with ISO 22000, organizations in Oman must establish prerequisite programs that aim to reduce the likelihood of contamination. Some of the areas the ISO 22000 identifies for organizations to consider when developing their prerequisite programs include:

    These are just some general prerequisites. There are also some other sector specific technical specifications for catering companies, retail food sector, food storage and transport services, animal feed manufacturers, food packaging services etc.

    Benefits of ISO 22000 certification in Oman.

    ISO 22000 helps organizations in Oman minimize food risks and improve performance as it relates to food safety. It does so by providing a framework they can use to develop an FSMS, a systematic approach to addressing food safety issues.

    Compliance with ISO 22000 provides benefits such as:

    1. Improved health and safety

    Minimizing food risks leads to better health and safety outcomes for customers, other users, employees and others who may come into contact with food.

    2. Improved customer satisfaction

    Having an FSMS helps you reliably deliver products that meet customer expectations.

    3. Help meeting regulatory requirements
    Compliance with regulatory requirements is required to achieve certification to ISO 22000. Having an FSMS in place can help companies meet these requirements and understand how they impact the organization and its customers.
    4. Help meeting other standards and guidelines
    ISO 22000 links to various other international standards and guidelines and can help organizations meet the requirements of these systems as well.
    5. Enhanced transparency
    ISO 22000 helps organizations improve the traceability of their products and achieve greater transparency regarding operations.
    6. Improved response to risks
    Having an FSMS in place can help organizations respond more quickly and efficiently to issues that may compromise food safety, helping them stop potential contamination before it occurs.
    7. Reduced investigation time

    If contamination does occur, an FSMS helps organizations reduce the time it takes to investigate any food safety breaches, solving the problem faster.

    The standard itself also offers several advantages over other systems:

    How to implement ISO 22000 certification in Oman?

    Below are the steps of how to implement ISO 22000 certification: 

     

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    Initial consultation – Our consultants evaluate your existing food safety procedures and help you in establishing a thorough strategy to put the ISO 22000 standard in place.

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    Gap analysis – We assess your current operations against the requirements of ISO 22000 standard and identify the areas where some improvements or changes are necessary to fulfill the criteria.

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    Documentation and implementation – We assist in the preparation and implementation of the necessary documents, policies and procedures which are required as per the ISO 22000 standard. We then integrate these changes into your organization’s existing framework to achieve the food safety requirements as per the ISO 22000 standard.

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    Training and awareness – we help your employees understand why food safety is important and teach them what the ISO 22000 standard requires.

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    Internal audit – Our auditors perform an internal audit, which is similar to the final audit conducted by the third party to issue the certification. This helps to evaluate the implemented system’s efficiency and to identify any flaws in the process. This also gives an opportunity to correct those flaws and improve the process. It ensures your readiness for the external certification audits.

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    Management review – A meeting between the ISO consultants and the top-management of your organization. Wherein the top-management reviews the performance of the food safety management system, audits the results and ensures that the process remains appropriate and efficient in a continuous manner.

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    External certification audit – It shall be coordinated by us (the ISO consultants) through the accredited certification bodies. The self-governing auditors carry out this audit to confirm that your organization’s food safety management system is as per the ISO 22000 standards requirements. 

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    Certification and surveillance – After the external certification audit is successful, we help you in obtaining the ISO certification. This certificate is usually valid for 3 years, provided that an annual surveillance is done to make sure that your management system conforms to the ISO 22000 standard requirements and is in the process of continuous development.

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    Continuous improvement – Our consultants shall advice you about the ways by which you can continuously improve your processes and conform to the norms of ISO 22000 standards at all times.

    FAQ

    ISO 22000 is a food safety standard for businesses in the global food chain which is used to specify the requirements for food safety management system where the organizations in the food chain need to exhibit their ability to control food safety hazards, in order to assure that food is secure at the time of human consumption. It is considered important in Oman as it ensures that people are consuming healthy food and also helps in upholding the organization’s reputation in the market.

    The Food Safety Management System presented in ISO 22000 can help a business produce food products with better safety, reliably high quality, improve customer satisfaction, boost operational efficiency, manage risk and more. Like other types of ISO certification, ISO 22000 certification shows your company’s stakeholders that you prioritize food safety and effective management. With ISO 22000 certification, you may even be able to get more business, since many international companies will only work with ISO-certified partners.

    ISO 22000 certification has the potential to benefit a wide array of businesses related to the food industry. Some of the organizations which can benefit from implementing ISO 22000 in Oman are as follows:

    • Food manufacturing industry
    • Food ingredients industry
    • Food additives
    • Food transportation
    • Packing of food materials
    • Selling of food (retail or wholesale)
    • Serving prepared foods (Supermarkets or Hypermarkets)
    • Production of food equipment
    To earn ISO 22000 certification, you will need to implement some prerequisites in order to fulfill the requirements to apply for the ISO 22000 certificate and successfully complete an Initial Certification Audit. After earning the initial certification, you will need to complete yearly surveillance audits and re-certification audits every three years to maintain your certification. The audits must be completed by an accredited third-party certification body. In addition, you must be able to prove that your FSMS has undergone a management review and a full cycle of internal audits before you can earn ISO 22000 certification.

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