FSSC 22000 is a Food Safety Management System (FSMS) Certification Scheme.
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.
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 continues to be based on the ISO 22000 standard. However, that standard has been revised and is now ISO 22000:2018. Learn more about FSSC 22000 Version 5
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.
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:
The certification scheme and requirements are defined in three documents:
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.
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.
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.
If you plan to conduct Third Party Audits, you will need Lead Assessor/Lead Auditor Training.