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ISO 22000 is for food safety management systems. The standard ensures safe food supply throughout the chain, and provides a framework of internationally harmonized system for the global approach.

Just like product certification, ISO certification is a statement to a company’s stakeholders, employees and senior management that the business is operating to a certain set framework in order to achieve its company objectives, be it customer satisfaction, production or environmental objectives, among others According to Ronald Ahimbisibwe, the principal certification officer at the Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS), a management system is a company’s structure for managing its processes and activities that transform inputs of resources into a product or service, which meets the company’s objectives, while satisfying the customer’s quality requirements, complying with regulations, meeting environmental and public health objectives.

If a manufacturer’s quality management system meets standards, then consumers are assured of a quality product, once the standard for the product has been agreed upon. “Final inspection of a product is not usually a reliable way of assuring that the product will give the desired performance or satisfaction.

It is a well known fact that the required level of quality can only be built into the product through management of processes. A properly established quality management system will help reduce costs, improve the conformance of the product to the requirements of standards and create an image of being a reliable supplier,” Ahimbisibwe explained UNBS adopted many ISO management system standards and has embarked on certification of management systems for enterprises.

By Reagan Ssempijja


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