ISO: All ISO standards are reviewed on a five-year cycle. Exemplar Global management system programs are based on the relevant international ISO standard. As such, professionals are required to demonstrate their knowledge of updated standards relevant to their certification.

Industry: Often, industries update their specific requirements. Industry professionals are required to demonstrate knowledge of updated criteria relevant to their certification.

To make the transition of your auditor certification to the new standard easy, we’ve compiled the below information.

ISO 22000:2018 Transition (applies to current Food Safety Management System Auditors)

You can complete the ISO 22000:2018 transition by:

  • Completing the ISO 22000:2018 Transition Assessment
  • Completing ISO 22000:2018 Transition Assessment or Training with a certification body or registrar
  • Attending an ISO 22000:2018 course or examination from an Exemplar Global-certified training provider or other reputable training organization

Transition assessment fees apply.

IMPORTANT: All Exemplar Global-certified FSMS auditors are required to transition to the ISO 22000:2018 Auditor program by December, 2021. If you have any questions regarding the transition, please contact us at

GFSI Knowledge Auditor Exam

As of July 1 2019, all existing SQF food safety auditors, quality auditors, and technical reviewers are required to successfully complete the GFSI Knowledge Auditor Exam and submit a certificate of completion from any GFSI Certification Program Owner. This certificate must be provided to Exemplar Global prior to December 31 2021.