In April 2014, the Foundation for Food Safety Certification published a new version (v3.1) of the FSSC 22000 certification scheme. The reason for the new version was to extend the scheme scope to include animal feed.
Applicable to all food products, food ingredients, packaging material, animal feed and primary product manufacturers, it is a complete certification scheme based on ISO 22000, combined with one of the sector-specific technical specifications for Food Safety PRP’s (e.g. ISO/TS 22002-1 - Food Ingredients and Products) and additional GFSI requirements.
Assessment of FSSC 22000 for packaging material manufacturing was previously performed using PAS 223, which is now replaced by ISO/TS 22002-4 that was published in 2013. After the 1 November 2014 deadline last year, the Foundation for Food Safety Certification no longer permits certification bodies to use PAS 223 for new FSSC 22000 certification.
For clients with existing certificates that refer to PAS 223, a one-year transition period was granted to change certificates over to ISO 22002-4, with a deadline of 31 October this year.
A future revision of FSSC 22000 is expected when the new revision of ISO 22000 is published. That revision is under way, with the draft version expected in mid-2016 and the final updated version due for publication in early 2017.