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What is FSSC 22000?

FSSC 22000 is a Food Safety Management System (FSMS) Certification Scheme.

FSSC 22000 Certification

FSSC 22000 certification is granted when you have implemented FSSC 22000 in your company and a third-party auditor has audited your system to verify that you comply with the requirements of the FSSC 22000 standard.

Why FSSC 22000?

The FSSC 22000 System was designed to provide companies in the food industry with an ISO-based food safety management system certification that is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Recognition by GFSI provides worldwide recognition and acceptance by food manufacturers and retailers. FSSC 22000 defines requirements for integrated processes that work together to control and minimize food safety hazards. FSSC 22000 is a fast growing certification scheme and in April of 2017 issued their 15,000th certificate.

Once a facility implements processes that address all the requirements of FSSC 22000, they can be certified to FSSC 22000. The certification program is managed by the Foundation for Food Safety Certification

FSSC 22000 Food Safety Management System

The FSSC 22000 system uses a management systems approach to food safety, using ISO 22000 for the management system requirements and ISO Technical Standards (for prerequisite program requirements). The food safety management system integrates nicely with other management systems such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.

FSSC 22000 Prerequisite Program Requirements (PRP)

Prerequisite programs are programs and practices put in place to address the role the production environment plays in producing safe food products.

FSSC 22000 requires that the organization establishes PRP programs to control the likelihood of introducing contamination through the work environment. There are different PRP requirements depending on your industry:

  • ISO/TS 22002-1: Food Processing
  • ISO/TS 22002-3: Farming
  • ISO/TS 22002-4 Food Packaging Manufacturing

FSSC 22000 Requirements

The certification scheme and requirements are defined in three documents:

  1. FSSC 22000: Part 1 Requirements for organizations that require certification This document is available for download at no charge at www.fssc22000.com
  2. ISO 22000:2005: Food safety management systems - Requirements for any organization in the food chain This document is available for purchase and download at www.iso.ch or Techstreet.com
  3. Requirements for Prerequisite Programs
    The document you use for prerequisite programs will depend on your scope.
    • Food Processors use ISO/TS 22002-1: Prerequisite programs on food safety - Part 1: Food Manufacturing. Available from www.iso.ch or Techstreet.com
    • Food Packaging Manufacturers use the ISO/TS 22002-4 - Prerequisite programs and design requirements for food safety in the manufacture and provision of food packaging. Available from shop.bsigroup.com
    • Manufacturers or Providers of Animal Food, Feed or Ingredients use the PAS 222 - Prerequisite programs for the manufacture of food and feed for animals. Available from shop.bsigroup.com

The FSSC 22000 Certification Audit

The certification audit and surveillance audits take a management systems approach, with a process based audit instead of a checklist based audit. The audits determine if your FSMS meets the requirements of the FSSC 22000 standard, if it does your organization is recommended for certification. If it does not you will need to make improvements to the system before achieving certification. There is no score or grade from the audit.

FSSC 22000, ISO 22000 and the Global Food Safety Initiative, (GFSI)

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a division of the Consumer Goods Forum and a collaboration of retailers, manufacturers and food service companies that has been working on harmonization of food safety standards. GFSI benchmarks the various food safety standards against a basic set of criteria. Standards meeting the criteria are recognized. Many large retailers and manufacturers are requesting their suppliers to register to a GFSI recognized scheme. One of the benchmarked standards is FSSC 22000, which, as we stated above, uses ISO 22000 for the management systems requirements.

What is ISO 22000? The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) developed a Food Safety Management System following a similar format as the well known quality standard ISO 9001. The Food Safety Management System standard is ISO 22000. The standard is applicable to any company in the food industry, from farmers, manufacturers and transporters to packagers and retailers. ISO 22000 registration is recognized worldwide, and is growing in popularity.

However, the ISO 22000 Certification is not recognized by GFSI and GFSI recognition is playing an important role in Food Safety Management Systems Certification. To address this, the Foundation for Food Safety Certification created the FSSC 22000 scheme. By using the ISO 22000 standard, adding Prerequisite Program requirements and a few general requirements the Foundation created an ISO 22000 based scheme that was benchmarked and recognized by GFSI.

How we Help You Achieve Certification:

22000-Tools provides you with the knowledge and tools that you need for a successful certification project. Our online training programs walk you through each step of designing, documenting and implementing your system so you are ready for your certification audit. Versions available for Food Processors or Food Packaging Manufacturers. Our FSSC 22000 course series includes:

A. Introduction to FSSC 22000

B. FSSC 22000 PRP Training

C. The Gap Analysis Checklists and Tutorial

D. FSSC 22000 Templates and Training

E. FSSC 22000 Internal Auditing

You may register for the courses one by one, or order the complete series in our "Complete Training Package". For a facility-wide training solution, order our "Premium Package". This package provides your project leader with the complete training and multiple log-ins to allow you to train others in your management team, food safety team and internal audit team.