What is ISO 22005 standard?

ISO 22005 stands for a regulatory reference which certifies the feed and food traceability management system.

The ISO 22005 standard can be applied to any type of company directly or indirectly involved in the food supply chain, regardless its size.

What is the purpose of ISO 22005 standard?

ISO 22005 standard is built on 10 sections, designed to manage all the aspects of the company life and to lead the organization’s processes to the implementation of the feed and food traceability system.

The company will be able to assess the origin and the location of the products in all the phases of the production through the adoption of this standard.

In addition to the informations about the traceability, the ISO 22005 standard is linked to the monitoring of other particular aspects of a product, for instance the quality of product and the requirements for food safety. The standard is applicable to internal and external company traceability systems.

Any organization can be ISO 22005 certified, regardless its role in the food supply chain.

The standard assumes that the company has implemented the procedures connected to the compliance of hygiene and food safety requirements.


Is ISO 22005 certification mandatory?

The adoption of a feed and food traceability management system is voluntary for the companies

Why obtain ISO 22005 certification?

By following the guidelines of ISO 22005 standard, the organization will be able:

  • To document the history of the product at any time: origin, quality and compliance with hygiene and safety requirements;
  • To comply with regulations;
  • To facilitate procedures in case of a product withdrawal or batch recall;
  • To provide prompt informations about the product traceability for customers.

How to get ISO 22005 certification? 

The certification path consists of 4 stages

Certification Request

All the economic aspects and the auditors’ activities related to the certification process may be agreed at this stage. The finalization of a contract concludes this part. Indeed the process for certification depends on the contract stipulated between the company and the certification body.
Generally, it is valid for three years.

Preliminary Audit (optional and possibly requested by the customer)

It is an initial assessment of the current company’s management system.
The preliminary audit is not involved in the normal process for certification and any possible improvement thus is intended to be nothing but a suggestion and it is not included in the official audit report.

Certification Audit – Stage 1

The audit is held in the company office. In this stage, the auditor gathers all the informations and evaluates the documents referring to the management system that must be certified. The auditor analyses the compulsory and voluntary standards. This is a preparatory step for the second stage of the Certification Audit.

Certification Audit – Stage 2

In this stage, the auditor will ascertain that the company complies with the management system. At the end of this process, the auditor will submit the ISO issue request to the certification body, if a significant nonconformity does not occur.

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