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Standards & Schemes

FSSC 22000: Food Safety

New Global Food Safety Standard for Food Manufacturing

FSSC 22000 is a GFSI recognized food safety standard applicable to all food products, food ingredients and packaging material manufacturers

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“Having a single, trusted partner is very important for Cargill. We are rolling out FSSC 22000 to over 1,000 plants in 67 countries. Having the same level of food safety execution at every plant is an expectation from our customers. We feel that having LRQA delivering a high level of consistency is the best approach to ensure that we are delivering on our promise to our customers.”

Mark Overland
Director, Global Certification


What is FSSC 22000?

FSSC 22000 is a complete certification scheme for food safety management systems. It was initially based on ISO 22000, the global food safety management system standard, ISO 22003 and ISO/TS 22002-1 (formerly PAS 220), a standard developed to address prerequisite program requirements for food product and ingredient manufacturers.  The scope of FSSC has now been extended to include prerequisite program requirements for food safety in packaging through PAS 223.

FSSC 22000 is fully recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), and is supported by the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the European Union (CIAA). Only associated certification bodies, like LRQA, are licensed to issue accredited FSSC 22000 certificates.


Who can use FSSC 22000?

FSSC 22000 certification is applicable to processing or manufacturing organizations throughout the food supply chain, regardless of size or complexity, including:

• perishable animal products;
• perishable vegetal products;
• products with long shelf life at ambient temperature;
• (bio)chemical manufacturing;
• food packaging manufacturing.

FSSC 22000 contains a wide scope for food manufacturing that includes slaughtering and pet food. 
In addition, FSSC 22000 includes transportation and on site storage, if part of the operation.


Is FSSC 22000 recognized by the GFSI?

Yes! It has been given full recognition by the Global Food Safety Initiative, and is supported by the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the European Union (CIAA). Only associated certification bodies, like LRQA, are licensed to issue accredited FSSC 22000 certificates.



FSSC 22000 is the only ISO- and process-based food safety management system standard recognized by the GFSI.  By implementing FSSC 22000, food companies are adopting risk management and quality assurance techniques proven across a vast range of other sectors.  FSSC 22000 is independent and promotes transparency. It is designed to deliver:

• greater confidence in food
• fewer health risks
• improved protection for brands
• lower auditing costs
• improved supply chain management

The ultimate aim of FSSC 22000 is to improve standards of food safety, and restore consumer confidence in the integrity of the food supply.

As such, FSSC 22000 helps address the fragmentation of standards across the food industry and can be easily integrated into an organization’s own food safety program. If your organization operates a bespoke food safety standard, these can now be harmonized by using FSSC 22000 as a base, and adding specific additional requirements as necessary.  Talk to LRQA if your organization utilizes a customized food safety program that you’d like integrated with FSSC 22000.

How is certification to FSSC 22000 achieved?

Companies who are already ISO 22000 certified will only need an additional analysis against the applicable PRP program (ISO/TS 22002-1 or PAS 223) to enable certification to the FSSC 22000 standard. 

For companies not certified to ISO 22000, a gap analysis will help determine your most practical route to FSSC 22000 certification.


LRQA's services

  • Gap analysis - LRQA offers gap analysis to help determine how your organization may achieve FSSC 22000 certification.

  • Assessment and certification – LRQA is fully accredited to deliver FSSC 22000 certification

  • Customized assurance / 2nd Party – For companies who operate bespoke food safety programs that need to be integrated with FSSC 22000, LRQA can offer assessment against your company program in addition to FSSC 22000 certification

  • Training – LRQA offers food safety training to help you develop a greater understanding of the FSSC 22000, ISO/TS 22002-1 (PAS 220), PAS 223 and ISO 22000.


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