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FSSC 22000

FSSC 22000 contains a complete certification scheme for Food Safety Management Systems that is aligned with the ISO Management System approach and the ISO Harmonised Structure.

FSSC 22000 incorporates hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) principles, implementation plans, and prerequisite programs (PRPs), additional GFSI requirements and is based on ISO 22000. The scheme supports the whole food supply chain, providing real value to an organisation, irrespective of size or complexity, and levels the playing field for suppliers and buyers throughout the food chain and around the world.

Key Benefits

Globally Accepted Standard

FSSC 22000 is a leading global certification scheme with scopes recognised by GFSI and accepted around the world. Adopting the FSSC 22000 standard can provide your operations with competitive efficiencies on a worldwide basis.

Simple Transition from ISO 22000

FSSC 22000 integrates food safety management easily with other management systems, such as quality, environmental and safety management systems. When already certified against ISO 22000, an organisation only needs an additional review against technical specifications for sector PRPs, and the FSSC Additional Requirements to meet all Scheme requirements.

Continuous Improvement

Leveraging ISO’s management system approach, FSSC 22000 cultivates continuous improvements and provides standardisation of food safety procedures, improved communication and drives efficiencies, transparency and confidence.

What is FSSC 22000?

FSSC 22000 combines the benefits of a business management tool linking food safety and business processes with the ability to meet growing global customer requirements for a GFSI – recognised supplier food safety system certification.
FSSC 22000 Scheme Design

Developed through extensive and open consultation with many global stakeholders, the FSSC 22000 scheme uses international and independent standards such as ISO 22000, ISO 9001, ISO/TS 22003, and technical specifications for sector-specific Pre-Requisite Programs (PRPs), such as ISO/TS 22002-1.  Alongside these standards, the Scheme contains FSSC Additional Requirements.

FSSC 22000-Quality

For organisations wishing to integrate their food quality management system into the scope of their certification, FSSC 22000-Quality certification is available which consists of a combined FSSC 22000 and a full ISO 9001 audit.

FSSC 22000 Scope


Manufacture of Food Products

– Production of perishable animal products eg. meat, poultry, eggs, dairy
– Production of perishable plant products eg. fruits, fresh juices, vegetables, pulses
– Processing of perishable animal and plant products e.g. ready meals, sandwiches
– Production of products with a long shelf life at ambient temperature e.g. canned               products, biscuits, snacks, oil, drinking water, beverages, pasta, flour, sugar


Manufacture of Chemicals and Biochemicals

These may include food and feed additives, vitamins, minerals, bio-cultures, flavorings, enzymes, and processing aids but excluding pesticides, drugs, fertilizers, and cleaning agents.


Manufacture of food packaging and packaging material

These may include materials that have direct or indirect contact with food or food products

Reasons to move to FSSC 22000 from ISO 22000

Although being certified against ISO 22000 is a great achievement, there are additional benefits to being FSSC 22000 certified. FSSC 22000 covers ISO 22000 entirely and is also recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) – where ISO 22000 is not.

Many food organisations (over 28.000) use FSSC 22000 and request GFSI recognised certification from their suppliers. In those cases, ISO 22000 will not be enough. Other benefits are the Integrity Program of FSSC 22000 for the Certification Bodies and a certification process that ensures reliable audits and certificates. The visibility of FSSC 22000 certified organisations in a public register, clear and robust requirements from the international technical specifications from sector-specific pre-requisite programs, supportive guidance documents, e.g., food fraud, food defense, food safety culture.


Since 2009, Foundation FSSC has been supporting the consumer goods industry in implementing food safety systems that align with the ISO management approach and the ISO harmonised structure.

There are over thirty professionals working globally on the continuous improvement and innovation of the GFSI-recognised food safety management system FSSC 22000 .

Foundation FSSC has regional representatives in North America, South America, India, Japan, Türkiye, and the Middle East and a liaison in China.

FSSC schemes cover the whole food supply chain – from farm to fork.

ON DEMAND WEBINAR : What’s new in FSSC 22000 V6

The latest version, FSSC 22000, version 6, was published 1st April 2023 and includes a significant number of changes designed to improve the scheme’s effectiveness.Watch our webinar recording when Intertek’s Food Safety Global Technical Director Mercé Sánchez outlines the changes in FSSC 22000 V6.

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