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


FSSC 22000 V5 published 3 June 2019

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.
 
Understanding FSSC 22000
Implementing the Changes to FSSC 22000 V5
Implementing FSSC 22000

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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

 

Achievable

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.

 

Appropriate

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.