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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

FSSC 22000, ISO 22000, PAS 220, food safety management systems, GFSI, supply chain, food, safety, control, hazards, consumers, suppliers, certification, food safety training

“We saw a 25-50% reduction in retail audit requests once we went to FSSC 22000. So you’re saving time and the cost of audits thereby enabling our people to focus on getting the product right the first time."

Jennifer Yezak,
Global Food Safety Manager Wrigley a subsidiary of Mars, Incorporated

Developed by the Foundation for Food Safety Certification, FSSC 22000 represents a comprehensive approach to food safety risk management throughout the food supply chain. 

The FSSC scheme has been benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), against the requirements laid out in the GFSI Guidance Document Version 6.

Applicable to all food products, food ingredients and packaging material manufacturers, FSSC 22000 is a complete certification scheme based on ISO 22000, the global food safety management system standard, combined with one of the sector-specific technical specifications for Prerequisite Programs (PRPs) (e.g. ISO/TS 22002-1 or ISO/TS 22002-4) and additional Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) requirements.

A combination of ISO 22000:2005, the global food safety management system standard and ISO/TS 22002-1 for food manufacturers or ISO/TS 22002-4 for food packaging manufacturers, it is essentially the first global food safety standard specifically targeted at the food manufacturing and food packaging manufacturing industries.

FSSC 22000 includes transportation and on site storage if part of the operation. It is applicable to all food manufacturers and food packaging manufacturers, regardless of size, complexity and status of their organization.

The scheme is split into four parts:

  • Part I – requirements of food safety system and guidance on how to apply for certification
  • Part II – requirements for providing certification, including the regulation for certification bodies and the harmonization committee
  • Part III – requirements for providing accreditation, including the regulation for accreditation bodies
  • Part IV – regulations for the Board of Stakeholders
Manufacturers already ISO 22000 certified will only need an additional analysis against ISO/TS 22002-1 or ISO/TS 22002-4 to gain certification to FSSC 22000. Manufacturers not certified to ISO 22000 will require a gap analysis to determine their most practical route to FSSC 22000 certification.

FSSC 22000 certification + company-specific food safety programs

This standard helps address the fragmentation of standards across the food industry. 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.

This will make it much easier for producers and suppliers to sell to a varied range of clients. Producers gain greater control over their processes, and a more holistic view of their organization. The audits also form the basis for continual improvement, and benchmarking on a global level. Standardization makes it easier to sell into new markets, and to new customers.

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 delivering a range of Business Assurance 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 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 processing, beverage, food manufacturing and packaging organizations choose LRQA.

Technical expertise – LRQA food safety technical experts were at the forefront of standards development and contribution towards PAS 220 (which is now ISO/TS 22002-1), ISO 22000, PAS 223 (which is now ISO/TS 22002-4) and FSSC 22000, giving your organization and your supply chain the confidence that you’re working with the market leader and expert in food safety systems certification. 

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 the standard’s logic.

Accreditation - Globally, LRQA has been independently accredited by multiple accreditation bodies to provide certification to a multitude of standards, including ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 to a range of certification scopes.

Proven client satisfaction – Year after year, LRQA clients continue to report overall satisfaction rating of our service and technical support.

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 Business Assurance 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 Business Assurance further helps our food and beverage clients minimize and better manage their food safety risks.

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