FSSC 22000 - Food Safety System Certification Scheme

The Food Safety System Certification 22000 scheme - FSSC 22000 - has been developed for food manufacturers that process or manufacture animal or perishable vegetable products, products with a long shelf life and food ingredients such as additives, vitamins and bio-cultures.

A combination of ISO 22000:2005, the global food safety management system standard and ISO/TS 22002-1, a standard developed to address prerequisite programme requirements for food product and ingredient manufacturers, it is essentially the first global food safety standard specifically targeted at the food manufacturing industry.

FSSC 22000 includes transportation and on site storage if part of the operation. It is applicable to all food manufacturers, regardless of size, complexity and status of their organisation.

The scheme is split into four parts:

  • Part I – requirements of food safety system and guidance on how to apply for certification
  • Part II – requirements for providing certification, including the regulation for certification bodies and the harmonization committee
  • Part III – requirements for providing accreditation, including the regulation for accreditation bodies
  • Part IV – regulations for the Board of Stakeholders

The FSSC scheme has also been benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), against the requirements laid out in the GFSI Guidance Document Version 6.

Benefits of FSSC 22000

  • Greater transparency – addresses the fragmentation of standards across the food industry and can be easily integrated into an organisation’s own food safety program
  • Globally recognised – global standards that everyone recognises
  • Greater efficiency – more effective third party auditing that eases the burden on regulators - regulators can use the new standards as a first point of assessment
  • Reduced costs – cost savings through process efficiencies leading and streamlined auditing

Why choose LRQA for FSSC 22000?

  • Experience

  • LRQA has been at the forefront of standards development and involved in SMS assessment and certification for years
  • Proven track record

  • We have high-profile clients in the food processing, food manufacturing and packaging industries.
  • Specialists

  • Our assessors are management experts in food safety.

What is FSSC 22000 certification?

This standard helps address the fragmentation of standards across the food industry. In response to food scares, major manufacturers and retailers have introduced bespoke standards which can now be harmonised by using FSSC 22000 as a base, and adding specific additional requirements as necessary.

This will make it much easier for producers and suppliers to sell to a varied range of clients. Producers gain greater control over their processes, and a more holistic view of their organisation. The audits also form the basis for continual improvement, and benchmarking on a global level. Standardisation makes it easier to sell into new markets, and to new customers.

Manufacturers already ISO 22000 certified will only need an additional analysis against ISO/TS 22002-1 to gain certification to FSSC 22000. Manufacturers not certified to ISO 22000 will require a gap analysis to determine their most practical route to FSSC 22000 certification.

Further information:

British Retail Consortium Website (external link)

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