Updates to ISO 22000 and ISO 50001

This summer, the International Standards Organization (ISO) released updates to its 22000 and 50001 standards. While there is a 3-year transition period for currently certified organizations, it is important to be aware of these updates and adjust existing management systems to ensure continued compliance. Organizations wishing to gain initial certification in either of these standards, should do so according to the 2018 updates.

ISO 22000:2018

ISO 22000 addresses food safety management. Major changes to this standard include:

• Adoption of the High-Level Structure (HLS) to enable better integration with other management systems, e.g. quality management.
• A shift to being a risk-based standard, both at the operational and strategic levels. A similar shift was made in the most recent ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 updates.

ISO 50001:2018

ISO 50001 addresses energy management. Major changes to this standard include:

• Adoption of the HLS.
• Emphasis on the importance of leadership
• Updated sections on data collection

A key goal of these changes is to allow better integration with other management systems, especially those that follow the ISO 9001 and 14001 standards. Freer has extensive knowledge of and experience with implementing and integrating ISO standards. If you would like to know more about how Freer can help your organization achieve certification in ISO or other international standards, contact us at 206-285-9044 or info@freerconsulting.com.