FSSC 22000 Food Safety System

FSSC 22000 Food Safety System

Food safety management for the food and beverage industry

Food safety management for the food and beverage industry

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FSSC 22000 Food Safety System
FSSC 22000 Food Safety System
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What is FSSC 22000?

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The FSSC 22000 Scheme is a robust, ISO-based, internationally recognized certification scheme for auditing and certification of food safety for organizations in the food supply chain, regardless of size and complexity. This scheme, developed by Foundation FSSC, sets out requirements to develop, implement and operate a food safety management system. FSSC 22000 audit requirements are based on the existing standard ISO 22000:2018, relevant prerequisite programs (PRPs), technical specifications, and the FSSC Additional requirements.

Since February 2010 the FSSC 22000 Scheme has been recognized by GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) and since March 2021 has been endorsed as a sub-scope of the IAF MLA (International Accreditation Forum Multilateral Recognition Arrangement).

Download a free copy of the FSSC 22000 scheme flyer to learn more.

Benefits of FSSC 22000

Certification to FSSC 22000 demonstrates a commitment to food safety and 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


FSSC 22000 takes a risk-based, systems approach, providing organizations with a clear path towards achieving certification. Many food businesses throughout the supply chain have sought and maintained certification to ISO 22000, with certification to the FSSC 22000 scheme the next logical step towards best practice food safety certification.

Supported by customers

Many food industry organisations support the FSSC 22000 scheme as industry best practice for food safety and actively seek this GFSI certification as a pre-requisite to their supplier approval process.


The FSSC 22000 scheme is developed by industry stakeholders ensuring it provides pragmatic and relevant audit criteria while meeting current global food industry expectations. Because the scheme is based on food-specific ISO standards that are revised on a regular basis, the scheme reflects up-to-date business management principles to help you meet the expectations and needs of customers.

Cost effective

Industry recognized and accepted certification reduces the need for and expense of duplicate audits. Audits are completed by local BSI-trained and approved auditors to enable an internationally accepted standard to be audited at local rates.