ISO 22000 is a standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization. It was first published in 2005 and got its revised version of the European Standard, following the High- Level Structure in 2018 in order to ensure that the standard will remain as relevant and useful to businesses as possible. The alignment with Annex SL, involves major changes to the standard include modifications to its structure as well as clarifying key concepts such as the risk approach and the PDCA cycle.


ISO 22000:2018 provides international harmonization in the field of food safety standards by using the following elements: interactive communication, system management, prerequisite programs and HACCP principles. Therefore, this standard sets out the requirements for a food safety management system and can be certified to and also, maps out what an organization needs to do to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards in order to ensure that food is safe.


ISO 22000:2018 also combines the HACCP plan with prerequisite programmes, by means of auditable requirements. Hazard analysis is the key to an effective food safety management system, since conducting a hazard analysis assists in organizing the knowledge required to establish an effective combination of control measures. ISO 22000 requires that all hazards that may be reasonably expected to occur in the food chain, including hazards that may be associated with types of process and facilities used, are identified and assessed. Thus, it provides the means to determine and document why certain identified hazards need to be controlled by a particular organization and why others need not.


Essentially, the ISO 22000 Series consisted of the following specifications:

  • ISO 22000 – Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain.
  • ISO 22001 – Guidelines on the application of ISO 9001:2000 for the food and drink industry (replaces: ISO 15161:2001).
  • ISO/TS 22002- Prerequisite Programmes on food safety—Part 1: Food manufacturing
  • ISO TS 22003 – Food safety management systems for bodies providing audit and certification of food safety management systems.
  • ISO TS 22004 – Food safety management systems – Guidance on the application of ISO 22000:2005.
  • ISO 22005 – Traceability in the feed and food chain – General principles and basic requirements for system design and implementation.
  • ISO 22006 – Quality management systems – Guidance on the application of ISO 9002:2000 for crop production.
  • ISO 22000 is also used in the Food Safety Systems Certification (FSSC) Scheme FS 22000. FS 22000 is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) approved scheme.


What is more, ISO 22000 specifies requirements for a food safety management system where an organization in the food chain needs to demonstrate its ability to control food safety hazards. In this way, any organization involved in food production or food retail, could ensure food safety at the time of human consumption, by applying ISO 22000 system independently of other management system standards or integrated with existing management system requirements.


An ISO 22000 Internal Auditor deemed the competent person that has the necessary knowledge, skills and expertise to perform a Food Safety Management System (FSMS) internal audit by applying widely recognized audit principles, procedures and techniques.


Swiss Approval International guarantees an accredited certification, giving the attenders of the “ISO 22000:2018 Internal Auditor Training course”, the appropriate passport for the international market, ensuring with accuracy and independence the knowledge about the principles, the skills and the responsibilities that refer to an ISO 22000 Internal Auditor.


Participants will acquire basic knowledge and skills regarding the following major issues:

  • Meet food industry expectations to control safety hazards can develop at any point in the food chain
  • Find key concepts of continuous improvement and customer satisfaction
  • Be aware of food safety legislation
  • Become familiar with ISO 22000:2018 High- Level Structure
  • Description of the of an internal auditor and describe the role of internal audit in the maintenance and improvement of management systems
  • Conduct informal opening and closing meetings
  • Responsibilities of a 2nd party auditor
  • Skills and responsibilities required to perform internal audits on food safety management systems
  • Knowledge required for the continuous improvement of the management system
  • Ability to prove your knowledge via completion of the courses exam
  • Have a competitive advantage in the marketplace


ISO 22000 is applicable to all organizations, regardless of size, which are involved in any aspect of the food chain (produce, manufacture, handle, or supply food or feed) and want to implement systems that consistently provide safe products.  Especially, this seminar is suitable for the following stakeholders:

  • Individuals responsible for, or interested in, conducting first-party or second-party audits
  • Management representatives
  • Managers
  • Food Safety Team Leaders
  • Supervisors
  • Hygiene officers
  • Quality Assurance Officers
  • Executive chefs
  • Freelancers
  • Consultants
  • Food Safety Team Coordinators
  • Staff


The final exams are closed-book. Everything covered in class, the lecture slides, the required readings, the assignments, or additional handouts may be tested. Additional details on the exam will be provided prior to the exam date. Successful attendees will also receive a Swiss Approval Training Certificate of Attendance.


Course Syllabus

Module 1: Introduction

  • Customer Focused Thinking | Private
  • Food Safety Management System (FSMS) | Private
  • ISO 22000 family | Private

Module 2: Food Safety International Legislation

  • Food safety policy in the European Union | Private
  • Historical review of EU’s food safety legislation | Private
  • Reference to relevant legislation | Private

Module 3: ISO 22000 Prerequisite Programs

  • Food Safety Hazards | Private
  • The 7 Principles | Private
  • Prerequisites | Private
  • Group Exercises using relevant examples | Private

Module 4: Presentation of the new High- Level Structure (HSL) of ISO 22000:2018

  • Terms and definitions (Clause 3) | Private
  • Scope (Clause 1) | Private
  • Normative references (Clause 2) | Private
  • Context of the organization (Clause 4) | Private
  • Leadership (Clause 5) | Private
  • Planning (Clause 6) | Private
  • Support (Clause 7) | Private
  • Operation (Clause 8) | Private
  • Performance (Clause 9) | Private
  • Improvement (Clause 10) | Private

Module 5: Implementation of ISO 22000:2018

  • Purpose of implementing ISO 22000:2018 | Private
  • Benefits of implementing ISO 22000:2018 | Private
  • Steps to implement FSMS based on ISO 22000:2018 | Private
  • Special Applications of ISO 22000:2018 | Private

Module 6: Audits examples

  • Planning internal audits of the QMS | Private
  • Performing internal audits of the FSMS | Private
  • Requirements for the internal audit teams | Private
  • Reporting internal audits and Follow-up | Private

Module 7: Exercises using relevant examples

  • Smart approaches | Private
  • Practical examples | Private
  • Group and individual exercises | Private

Module 8: Course Summary & Preparation for Examination

  • Conclusion of 2 days training program against training objectives | Private
  • Briefing of exam format | Private

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