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.
Globally Accepted Standard
Simple Transition from ISO 22000
What is FSSC 22000?
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.
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.
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
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.