ISO 22000 is an internationally agreed standard that sets out the requirements for a food safety management system (FSMS). It was first published in 2005 and received its revised version of the European Standard, following the High-Level Structure in 2018, that is aimed at all organizations in the food and feed industries, regardless of size or sector.


This recent revision of the standard involves significant changes that maintain the system’s relevance and its usefulness for businesses, by taking into account the different challenges that businesses  face nowadays. Therefore, the major changes in alignment with Annex SL lead to the same overall structure as other ISO management system standards, making it easier for anyone using multiple management systems.


What is more, the new structure of ISO 22000 enforces that all organisations have three years from the date of publication to transition to the new version. Therefore, there is a deadline (18 June 2021 ) for any organization in the food chain to transition and comply with ISO 22000:2018 in order to remain ISO 22000 certified.


Swiss Approval International guarantees an accredited certification, giving the attenders of “ISO 22000:2018 Transition Training Course” the appropriate passport for the international market, ensuring with accuracy and independence the principles and rules that refer to the new edition of ISO 22000.


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

  • Business Context and interested parties:Strengthened emphasis on leadership and management commitment
  • Risk management
  • Strengthened focus on objectives as drivers for improvements
  • Extended requirements related to communications
  • Less strict requirements for a food safety manual
  • The scope now specifically includes animal food
  • Some important changes in the definitions
  • Communicating the food safety policy – Chapter 5.2.2
  • Food Safety Management System Objectives
  • Control of externally-provided processes, products or services – Chapter 7.1.6
  • Become familiar with ISO 22000:2018 High- Level Structure.
  • 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 22000:2018 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:

  • Business owners
  • Individuals responsible for, or interested in, conducting audits
  • Management representatives
  • Managers
  • Food Safety Team Leaders
  • Supervisors
  • Hygiene officers
  • Quality Assurance Officers
  • Executive chefs
  • Freelancers
  • Consultants
  • Food Safety Team Coordinators
  • Staff (full-time, part-time and temporary workers)


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: Adoption of HLS

  • Latest improvements of HLS adoption | Private
  • Key changes due to the adoption of HLS | Private

Module 3: The FSMS’s principles of ISO 22000:2018

Module 4: The Process Approach

  • Plan-Do-Check-Act cycle | Private
  • Risk-based thinking | Private
  • Relationship with other management system standards | Private

Module 5: Presentation of the new High-Level Structure (HLS) of ISO 22000:2018

Module 6: Cross references between ISO 22000:2005 and ISO 22000:2018

  • Brief description of ISO 22000:2005 | Private
  • Brief description of ISO 22000:2018 | Private
  • Cross references | Private

Module 7: Other changes specific to ISO 22000 and FSMS

Module 8: Presentation of the new Clauses

Module 9: Operational Auditing Issues

  • Management Systems | Private
  • Changes and updates | Private
  • Communication | Private
  • Audit Reports | Private
  • Audit programming | Private

Module 10: Presentations of Auditors Guidelines

Module 11: Course Summary & Preparation for Examination

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

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