Getting your Project Started: ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000

Once you have determined that implementing a Food Safety Management System is right for your company, what next? Drawing from years of experience with Management Systems implementation, the experts at 22000-Tools recommend starting by evaluating your current system against the requirements of the standard. This evaluation, typically called a "gap analysis" will give you important information on how much work needs to be done, and exactly what work needs to be done.

The information from the gap analysis will help you prepare a project time-line and to assign responsibilities. Our experts explain that you will want to use a checklist based on the requirements of the standard, and evaluate each area of your facility to determine which requirements are already being met, and which need to be addressed. Make a project task list that contains all of the items that need to be addressed.

Using this task list, the project leader should meet with management to discuss the resources needed for the project, goals for the completion date, and project management approach. Successful projects involve people from throughout the company; they do not depend on one person to implement the whole system. Discuss with management who to involve to complete each of the tasks, and how to ensure they are given the time and resources to complete the task. Prepare a Gantt chart to outline the project time-line and responsibilities. For more detail on this topic, see  "Using a Team Approach".

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