What is FSSC 22000?

FSSC 22000


Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000) is a robust, ISO-based, internationally accepted certification scheme for auditing and certification of food safety within the food and beverage manufacturing sector. FSSC 22000 uses the existing standards ISO 22000, ISO 22003 and technical specifications for sector prerequisite programs (PRPs), which were developed through wide and open consultation with a large number of related organizations.

FSSC 22000 is the next logical step for ISO 22000 certified manufacturers wanting to upgrade their certification to a GFSI recognised Standard.

FSSC 22000 V5 published 3 June 2019

FSSC published version 5 of FSSC 22000 on 3 June 2019. The main reasons for publishing a revised version include:

  • Publication of the new ISO 22000:2018 standard
  • Inclusion of the board of stakeholders list of decisions
  • Compliance with GFSI requirements
  • Continual improvement process

The FSSC 22000 V5 documents (scheme manual, annexes and guidance) are available on the FSSC 22000 website in the certification scheme documents section.

FSSC 22000 V5 training with BSI
All FSSC training partners are required to have their materials approved by FSSC prior to offering any courses. BSI will ask FSSC to approve content for the following courses:
Understanding FSSC 22000
Implementing the Changes to FSSC 22000 V5
Implementing FSSC 22000
FSSC 22000 Internal Auditor Course
FSSC 22000 Lead Auditor Course
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What are the benefits of FSSC certification?

  • ISO-based supply chain approach
  • GFSI recognized
  • Use of existing, independent, international standards
  • ISO 22000, ISO 22003 and technical specifications for sector pre-requisite programs
  • ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 accreditation (system and process approach)
  • Wide scope: food and beverage product and ingredient manufacturing (including slaughtering and pet food)
  • Stakeholder approval and commitment (industry, retailers, NGOs)
  • In depth and rigorous food safety audits
  • Independent scheme management
  • Transparency
  • Non profit management by the Foundation for Food Safety Certification
  • Recognized by the European cooperation for Accreditation (EA)