ISO standard - In addition to the ICCSMP and its accreditation system, Systecode, which requires companies to adapt their practices in the light of food safety regulations and indications, there are many companies that have made use of various other food certification systems to strengthen the practices already stipulated.
The number of companies certified is:
- ISO 9001(quality): 40
- ISO 22000 (food safety): 5
- ISO 14001(environment): 4
The most recent food safety certification in the cork industry is ISO 22000:2005, to which the Portuguese Certification Association (APCER) has already certified a company from the sector. It is to be noted that the first company in Portugal to be certified to this standard was a cork company, which demonstrates the concern of the sector with compliance with food safety regulations.