ISO 9001 Quality Management System requirements aimed primarily at giving confidence in the products and services provided by an organization and thereby enhancing customer satisfaction. Its proper implementation can also be expected to bring other organizational benefits within the organisation.


The purpose of an ISO 9001 management system is to provide a framework for managing Business risks and opportunities. The aim and intended outcomes of the Quality management system are to:

  • Achieve a better understanding of business operations, to ensure that consistency of quality practices throughout the organization is maintained.
  • Strengthen the organization / customer confidence and relationship.
  • Facilitate exportation trade and remove trade barriers during exportation requirements.
  • Provide means to achieve operational efficiency and profitability.
  • Through improvement of business reputation, an Increase market share can be obtained through risk management and addressing possible opportunities.

ISO 45001:2018 Occupational Health and Safety Management System requirements gives guidance to enable organizations to provide a Healthy and safe workplace by preventing work-related injury and ill health, as well as by proactively improving its OH&S performance.


The purpose of an ISO 45001 management system is to provide a framework for managing OH&S risks and opportunities. The aim and intended outcomes of the OH&S management system are to:

  • prevent work related injury and ill health to workers
  • provide safe and healthy workplaces;
  • eliminate hazards and minimize OH&S risks by taking effective preventive and protective measures.
  • improve its OH&S performance through more effective and efficient action taken to address opportunities for improvement of OH&S performance.
  • organization to fulfill its legal, social and other business requirements.

ISO 14001:2015 Environmental Management System specifies the requirements that an organization can use to enhance its environmental performance and seeking to manage its environmental responsibilities in a systematic manner that contributes to the environmental pillar of sustainability.


The aim and intended outcomes of the Environmental management system are to Protecting the environment through:

  • Preventing or mitigating adverse environmental impacts.
  • Controlling or influencing the way the organization’s products and services are designed, manufactured, distributed, consumed, and disposed by using a life cycle perspective that can prevent environmental impacts from being unintentionally shifted elsewhere within the life cycle.
  • Assisting the organization in the fulfillment of environmental compliance obligations.
  • Achieving financial and operational benefits that can result from implementing environmentally sound alternatives that strengthen the organization’s market position.

FSSC22000 based on the ISO 22000:2018 is a Food Safety Management System (FSMS) that provide guidelines regarding manufacturing, storage and sale of food products or food related products that will not cause harm to the final consumer.

Food safety is related to the presence of food safety hazards at the time of consumption (intake by the consumer). Food safety hazards can occur at any stage of the food chain. Therefore, adequate control throughout the food chain is essential. Food safety is ensured through the combined efforts of all the parties in the food chain.


The potential benefits to an organization of implementing a FSMS based on the ISO standards are:

  • the ability to consistently provide safe foods, products and services that meet customer, applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
  • addressing risks associated with its product, operations and company objectives.
  • the ability to demonstrate conformity to specified FSMS requirements and industry related guidelines.
  • Meeting customer and industry requirements
  • Ultimately prevent any harm to consumers when consuming food products as it was intended to be consumed.

Under Food safety the following systems can be implemented depending on the company, retailer or catering requirements.

  • GMP audits- Meeting hygiene, legal and customer basic requirements
  • HACCP certification - Meeting legal requirements, required for exportation. Is compulsory for the meat processing industries, Milk industry and exporting companies.
  • BRC certification – Meeting GMP and HACCP requirements for smaller industries.
  • ISO 22000:2018 system certification - meeting international standards and customer requirements
  • FSSC 22000:2018 system certification - meeting international standards and customer requirements

Note FSSC 22000 quality can also be implemented to include food safety and quality (ISO 9001) requirements.