The Food Safety System Certification

The Food Safety System Certification (FSSC 22000) for food and feed safety/quality management is an internationally recognized scheme for food safety certification applicable to all organizations in the food chain, regardless of size and complexity. This scheme sets out requirements to develop, implement and operate a food safety management system.

BSI certification to the scheme provides global industry recognition for:

  • Processing of perishable animal products
  • Processing of perishable plant products
  • Processing of perishable animal and plant products (mixed products)
  • Processing of ambient stable products
  • Production of food packaging and packaging material
  • Production of (bio)chemicals

Version four of the FSSC 22000 requirements reflect industry best practice and are made up of a series of separate components audited as a single system including:

  • ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System - requirements for any organization in the food chain
  • Industry-specific ISO and PAS Pre-requisite Programs (PRPs)
  • Additional scheme requirements for site services, personnel, supplied materials, food defense, food fraud prevention, allergen management and food labelling

Food with BSI – An introduction


Benefits of FSSC 22000

Certification to FSSC 22000 demonstrates a commitment to food safety delivers a variety of benefits that will impact different parts of your organization.

FSSC 22000 implementation benefits

  • Provides a systematic methodology to effectively identify and manage food safety risks
  • ISO-based certification model can be used across the whole food supply chain
  • Recognized by the GFSI and by the European cooperation for Accreditation (EA)
  • Flexibility allowing you to determine how your business will meet the scheme requirements for the structure and documentation of your food safety management system 

FSSC 22000 operational benefits

  • Facilitates internal benchmarking and management through consistent application across multiple/international sites
  • Promotes the review of and continual improvement of your food safety management system

FSSC 22000 organizational benefits

  • Shows your commitment to food safety, providing confidence to your customers
  • Improved employee engagement, increasing awareness of food risks and promotion of safety
  • Commitment to continuous improvement of the food safety system and its performance


The journey to certification

Whether you’re ready for the next step in best practice food safety management or you’re more concerned about meeting the requirements of your customers or protecting consumers, certifying to the FSSC 22000 Scheme can drive meaningful change in your organization. From an initial introduction to the standard through to training and certification, no matter how far along you are, BSI can support your journey.


Why BSI?

We offer a broad range of food safety certification and risk management services to help all organizations in the food supply chain achieve compliance and industry best practice to grow their business.

We’re a leading food safety and certification provider with extensive auditing capacity and the capability to conduct integrated audits for a wide range of food safety standards across the entire food and beverage supply chain – including GFSI-recognized standards.

Our service solution for food safety includes certification, training, assessment and supply chain software, providing you and your customer’s assurance and enabling you to manage risk more effectively.