Calibration Requirements of ISO 22000:2018

Establishing an ISO 22000-Compliant Food Safety Management System

What is ISO 22000?

ISO 22000:2018 is an international standard that sets forth guidelines for organizations to establish, implement, and maintain a Food Safety Management System (FSMS). Its primary goal is to ensure the production of safe, high-quality food products while minimizing potential hazards and risks associated with food processing, storage, and distribution. Compliance with ISO 22000 demonstrates an organization’s commitment to food safety and adherence to legal and regulatory requirements. GageList supports leading food manufacturing and processing organizations meet the calibration requirements of ISO 22000:2018.

Calibration Requirements in ISO 22000

Calibration is a critical aspect of ISO 22000’s emphasis on monitoring and measurement. Ensuring accurate, reliable, and consistent data is crucial for evaluating the effectiveness of the FSMS and identifying areas for improvement. Key calibration requirements under ISO 22000 include:

  • Monitoring and Measurement Equipment: Establish, implement, and maintain processes to ensure that monitoring and measurement equipment, such as temperature sensors, pH meters, and pressure gauges, are calibrated and maintained according to specified requirements.
  • Calibration Intervals: Determine appropriate calibration intervals based on factors like equipment criticality, manufacturer’s recommendations, historical calibration data, and any applicable regulatory requirements.
  • Calibration Records: Maintain records of calibration activities, including calibration dates, methods, results, and individuals responsible for carrying out calibrations.
  • Traceability: Calibration activities should be traceable to national or international standards, ensuring that the accuracy and consistency of measurement data can be compared to a recognized reference.
  • Control of Nonconforming Equipment: Establish a process for identifying, controlling, and correcting nonconforming monitoring and measurement equipment. This may include taking equipment out of service, repairing or recalibrating, or replacing as necessary.
  • External Calibration Services: If an organization uses external calibration service providers, they should ensure that these providers are competent and their calibration activities are traceable to recognized standards.

Calibration-Related Clauses in ISO 22000

Several clauses within ISO 22000 address the calibration requirements for organizations:

  • Clause 7.2: Competence, Awareness, and Communication – Requires organizations to ensure personnel responsible for calibration activities are competent and aware of the importance of their tasks in maintaining food safety.
  • Clause 7.3: Infrastructure and Work Environment – Highlights the need for organizations to provide suitable equipment, including monitoring and measuring devices, and to ensure their accuracy and reliability.
  • Clause 8.1: Operational Planning and Control – Stresses the importance of monitoring and measuring processes, including calibration, in achieving FSMS objectives.
  • Clause 8.5: Monitoring, Measurement, Analysis, and Evaluation – Emphasizes the need for organizations to determine appropriate methods and intervals for monitoring and measurement, as well as evaluating the data obtained to ensure FSMS effectiveness and identify opportunities for improvement.

How GageList Supports ISO 22000 Calibration Requirements

GageList is an online calibration management software that offers innovative features to help organizations meet the requirements of ISO 22000:

  • Centralized Calibration Records: GageList stores your calibration records in a centralized, online system, allowing easy management of calibration from anywhere, any time, on any device.
  • Unlimited Users: GageList permits unlimited users on all accounts at no extra cost, eliminating the need for costly seat licenses.
  • Free Mobile App for iOS and Android: Manage gages anywhere, any time, on any device, online or offline.
  • Simple Multi-Site Gage Management: Manage calibration at all your locations from a single dashboard.
  • Calibration Scheduling and Reminders: GageList simplifies planning and scheduling calibration activities by sending automatic, customizable reminders to responsible personnel when calibration is due.
  • Traceability to National or International Standards: GageList supports robust calibration traceability to recognized standards.
  • Control of Nonconforming Equipment: GageList helps identify, control, and correct nonconforming monitoring and measurement equipment by tracking the equipment’s status, repair, and recalibration activities.
  • Competence of External Calibration Service Providers: GageList assists organizations in maintaining records of their external calibration service providers, including their competence and traceability to recognized standards.
  • Reporting and Analysis: GageList offers reporting and analysis tools to help organizations analyze calibration data, identify trends, potential issues, and areas for improvement.
  • Documented Information Management: GageList enables organizations to create, update, and control documented information related to calibration within their FSMS. This includes maintaining calibration records and ensuring they are available, accurate, and protected from unauthorized access or damage.
  • Regulatory Compliance: GageList helps organizations maintain compliance with applicable legal and regulatory requirements related to calibration, ensuring that their FSMS is aligned with industry standards and best practices.

GageList is a leading calibration management software, providing unparalleled support for organizations striving to maintain their commitment to ISO 22000. To learn how GageList can assist your organization in meeting ISO 22000 calibration requirements, call us at 281-816-7130 or fill out a support ticket to contact our Customer Success Team.