FSSC 22000 Certification

Food Manufacturing – Packaging – Animal Feed Manufacturing – Farming

FSSC 22000 represents a comprehensive approach to food safety risk management throughout the food supply chain, designed for food and feed safety management systems.  In addition, FSSC 22000 includes transportation and on site storage if part of the operation.

FSSC 22000 is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). More than 15,000 sites are FSSC 22000 certified around the world, and LRQA is a market leader is FSSC 22000 certification and training services.

FSSC 22000 vs ISO 22000

FSSC 22000 is a complete certification scheme based on ISO 22000 plus the applicable sector-specific technical specifications for Prerequisite Programs (PRPs), including:

  • Food Manufacturing ISO/TS 22002-1
  • Packaging ISO/TS 22002-4
  • Animal Feed Manufacturing PAS 222
  • Farming ISO/TS 22002-3

Already ISO 22000 certified? You’ll just need an additional assessment against one of the above technical specifications to gain FSSC 22000 certification.

Not yet not certified to ISO 22000? LRQA can help you with a gap analysis to determine your most practical route to FSSC 22000 certification.

Contact us to learn more about FSSC 22000 & ISO 22000 certification

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FSSC 22000 vs FSMA Comparison

FSSC 22000 aligns with FSMA Preventive Controls for Human Food (Final Rule).  To help make this determination, an independent evaluation of FSSC 22000 was compared to FSMA requirements by The Acheson Group (TAG).  In summary, TAG found that “FSSC 22000 often exceeds FDA requirements” and “where FSSC 22000 is not exceeding, the scheme requirements are in very large measure comparable to those of the Final Rule” TAG: April 2016. Learn more.

Need help with Supplier and/or Foreign Supplier Verification to meet FSMA requirements? LRQA can help!  Explore our FSMA services, and contact us to discuss your requirements.

FSSC 22000 Revision: Version 4

In December 2016, FSSC 22000 launched version 4. Some of the key changes include new requirements for food fraud protection (prevention of intentional product contamination), unannounced audits, introducing critical non-conformities, standardized audit report as well as transportation and storage, food service/catering and retail/wholesale industries.

The FSSC Board of Stakeholders has determined that all certified sites shall be audited against FSSC 22000 v4 starting from January 1, 2018.

Download now: FSSC 22000 Version 4 – Overview Guide of the New Requirements

FSSC 22000 Certification + Supplier and Second Party Audits

FSSC 22000 helps address the fragmentation of standards across the food industry; however, in response to food scares, major manufacturers and retailers have introduced bespoke standards which can now be harmonized by using FSSC 22000 as a base, and adding specific additional requirements as necessary.

One of LRQA’s specialisms is working with leading food and beverage organizations to develop their own food safety program that is compliant with FSSC 22000 and/or deliver a range of certification and training services to help an organization assess both its and its supply chain’s compliance with all necessary elements of modern, internationally recognized food safety management.  Explore LRQA’s second party audit, supplier quality assurance, supplier verification and supply chain assurance services. 

Benefits of FSSC 22000

Effective management systems and independent certification are the two key drivers of a successful food-safety culture. FSSC 22000 is designed to: 

  • Drive the international harmonization and transparency of food safety standards, with a global standard that everyone recognizes
  • Ensure that your whole network of processes will be assessed and monitored using the process-based approach – the systematic identification and management of interacting processes.  
  • Streamline control of internal processes to help minimize significant food risks.
  • Customers and stakeholders will see that you take a serious and managed approach to food safety.
  • Increase and improve brand protection and supply chain management
  • Help ensure preventive and corrective approaches to food safety management.
  • Create greater transparency and addresses the fragmentation of standards across the food industry and can be easily integrated into an organization’s own food safety program 
  • More efficient and effective third party auditing that ease the burden on the organization and its regulators who can use the standard as a first point of assessment 
  • Create cost savings through process efficiencies and streamlined internal and external auditing 

Why choose LRQA for FSSC 22000?

Trusted experience - LRQA has been at the forefront of food safety standards development and is a market leader in ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 certification and training.  This is why many of the world’s leading food, beverage, packaging and animal feed manufacturers choose LRQA.

Technical expertise – LRQA food safety technical experts contributed toward the development of HACCP, ISO 22000, PRPs and FSSC 22000, giving your organization and your supply chain the confidence that you’re working with experts in food safety management systems.  Our food safety assessors and technical specialists have some of the most extensive ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 experience in the world.  Many are hand-selected to provide input into the work of the ISO technical committees as well as the Foundation for Food Safety Certification and are able to provide first-hand insight into requirements of the standard and its logic.

Accreditation - Globally, LRQA has been independently accredited by UKAS for ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 certification.

Proven client satisfaction – Year after year, LRQA clients continue to report high satisfaction ratings of our service and technical support, and many recommend LRQA to their colleagues and industry peers.

Impartiality and objectivity – With no shareholders of our own, we are independent and impartial in everything we do.  We are committed to acting with integrity and objectivity at all times.

Assessment methodology – LRQA helps you manage your systems and risks to improve and protect the current and future performance of your organization.  Our approach is built on three pillars and extends the focus beyond the certificate to an assessment approach designed to help organizations meet their strategic objectives.  And we’re confident that LRQA further helps our food and beverage clients minimize and better manage their food safety risks.

FSSC 22000 Training  LRQA offers an extensive range of FSSC 22000 training courses that are recognized by the Foundation for Food Safety Certification, owners of the FSSC standard.