» Technical Bulletin – Transition of Accreditation for: ISO 22000:2018 Published 19 June 2018

25 July, 2018

This Technical Bulletin is applicable to all FSMS Certification Bodies (CBs).

Following the publication of ISO 22000:2018 on 19th June 2018, this letter is to outline the accreditation process for all currently accredited certification bodies wishing to make an application to transition to ISO 22000:2018.

1. All certification bodies wishing to extend their current scope to include ISO 22000:2018 must submit documentary evidence supporting their approach to implementing the changes and requirements of the new standard. For this a completed AC1 application form will be required. All transitions will be initiated by UKAS; if by the time of the next office assessment there has been no receipt at UKAS of any supporting documentation for the transition, the transition assessment will be instigated alongside that assessment activity.

2. The documentary evidence should include:

a. A fully documented gap analysis of the Operational differences, as identified by the CB, between the currently accredited ISO 22000:2005 certification being offered by the certification body and the new standard ISO 22000:2018.

b. The gap analysis should identify the impact of the anticipated changes to their certification activity and the actions to be undertaken to encompass effective certification to the new standard.

c. A detailed implementation plan to address the required changes for all activities as identified in the gap analysis, and an anticipated timeline to allow certified clients to complete their transition by the date of 18th June 2021. We would like to see evidence of how the CB will be ‘rolling out’ the new certification programme for clients.

3. Include a list of all current auditors for ISO 22000 in the certification team and indicate those who have successfully completed any ISO 22000:2018 training along with evidence to support that training. You should also indicate when it is intended for any remaining auditors, and other certification personnel, (contract reviewers, technical reviewers and decision makers) to complete the training for the new scheme.

4. The application and accompanying documentation should be submitted to:

The Applications Unit
United Kingdom Accreditation Service
2 Pine Trees, Chertsey Lane,
TW18 3HR

or   Email: apps@ukas.com

It is anticipated that UKAS will be able to offer assessments for the new standard ISO 22000:2018, from 10th September 2018.


The Assessment Process

The UKAS assessment for this extension to scope will be based on the following activities;

i) A desktop ‘overview’ of all the documentation submitted to determine apparent readiness of the organisation to transition to the new standard ISO 22000:2018.
ii) An office assessment for the ISO 22000:2018 to include review and verification of the process of administration of the scheme, and technical competence for personnel. The implementation plan for completion of transition for certified clients by the effective date will be undertaken at the next routine Head Office assessment.
iii) Witness assessments for ISO 22000:2018, will not be routinely undertaken before the transition to the new standard, but may be requested based on the outcomes of the office assessment.

The UKAS assessment for the ISO 22000:2018 transition process is not anticipated to be a complicated activity. It is expected to incur a desktop review effort of 1.0 day, and an on-site office assessment, effort anticipated to be an additional 0.5-1.0 day, both of which will be chargeable at the standard UKAS day rate. Additional effort will be needed if improvement actions are identified that will need to be reviewed and verified to support the transition decision. Any further effort in the visit programme for the transition will be dependent on the outcomes of the documentation review and office assessment.

CBs will be individually informed of estimated costs to your business at the time of the assessment work being booked. You will be informed of any improvement actions in the usual assessment report format. These will need to be resolved satisfactorily through the UKAS corrective action process before any grant of accreditation can be made.


Key Milestones

The dates indicated below are selected to provide the best opportunity to complete the transition for certification bodies by 18 June 2020, allowing Certification Bodies at least a full year for the transition of their own certified clients to the new standard.

It is preferable that your submission for the initial document review should be submitted at least 3 months prior to your profiled office assessment month. Later applications can still be progressed but may restrict the available time for completing the milestones indicated.

NOTE: In accordance with IAF requirements no CB is permitted to issue unaccredited certificates for a management system for which they already hold accreditation.



Target date

Applications and all accompanying submissions from CBs to UKAS

from date of this letter

Review of applications by UKAS:

Desk top review assessments – and reporting

From 1 August 2018

Office assessment at CB premises

From 1st August 2018 – 31st December 2019

Corrective action submissions by CB

Within 3 months of assessment

Corrective action reviews by UKAS

Within 2 weeks of receipt

Final UKAS documentation activity and all transition Decisions

Completed / Published by 18 June 2020

Transition grants for ISO 22000:2018 will be published for each participating certification body as they demonstrate compliance with the new standard.

Any CB that cannot complete the deadlines for the milestones will be expected to complete their assessment / transition outside of the dates outlined here. Note: Late assessment work may affect the certification body ability to offer accredited certificates to the new standard from the effective date of 19th June 2021. All ISO 22000:2005 accreditation will be withdrawn by 18th June 2021. I look forward to your receiving your applications as soon as possible.


Should you require any clarification on the above, please contact your Assessment Manager; Pam Beha: Accreditation Specialist - Food & Farm - Pam.Beha@ukas.com; or Kevin Belson: Technical Manager - Kevin.Belson@ukas.com


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