Training & Tools for Achieving Food Safety Certification

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Choosing a Food Safety Management System

Safe Quality Food (SQF) and FSSC 22000 certifications are growing quickly

Almost 1000 certificates have already been issued for FSSC 22000. SQFI lists close to 3000 certified suppliers in the US and over 4000 worldwide. With many multinational food companies asking their suppliers for GFSI recognized certification, companies across the globe are pursuing SQF or FSSC 22000 certification.

The Global Food Safety Initiative, GFSI plays an important role in Food Safety Systems Certification. This organization has “benchmarked” existing food safety schemes. Once a system is “benchmarked” it means that certification to the scheme is accepted by organizations requiring a GFSI scheme. How to choose a GFSI Standard

Recognized certification schemes include:

Getting started on your Food Safety Management System

Implementation of a Food Safety Management System is critical to the success of organizations in the food industry. We are here to help you get your implementation project started. Here are some great resources to begin with.

Getting Started

1. Subscribe to our Newsletter, and download your free Introduction to 22000 or Basics of SQF PowerPoint. It is a useful tool for learning and for presenting to your team.

2. Review our SQF or 22000 Implementation Flow Diagram for an overview of Steps and Responsibilities for the implementation project.

3. Chat with our experts (800)-746-3174. We can help with your technical questions, help you find resources, answer questions on our products or clarify information on the Certification Process.

4. Check our our packages and products that provide you with all the tools, training, templates and guidance that you need for a successful project.

SQF - FSSC 22000 - ISO 22000 - BRC

Learning

If you are leading the project, the first thing you will need to do is start learning about the standard, and the steps to certification for the standard that you will be certified to.

You will need to know:

  1. Which standard documents apply to your organization

    1. For SQF all companies will need to comply with Module 2 of the code. You will also need to identify which of the modules applies to your industry segment for the Food Safety Fundamentals (also referred to as GMPs or PRPs). see more detail
    2. For FSSC 22000 you will need to use the ISO 22000 standard and the appropriate Prerequisite Program requirements. see more detail
    3. For ISO 22000 you will use the ISO 22000 standard, and the appropriate Prerequisite Program technical specification if there is one available for your industry.

  2. How to apply the requirements to your organization, products and processes.

    The best way to understand the requirements is to get some training that will help you interpret the standard and understand how to apply it. Options include:

    1. Online Training: SQF FSSC 22000 ISO 22000
    2. Group classes- Check with your registrar or local consultants
    3. SQF publishes a Guide that helps explain the code

  3. The steps to certification

    1. Each registration scheme is different, check with your registrar early on to get an outline of the steps they follow.
    2. In general there will be some sort of document review, either by sending documents to them or having an auditor perform the review onsite at your facility.
    3. The next step will be a certification audit, followed by corrective action on any findings and annual or regular surveillance audits to ensure continued compliance.

Planning

    1. Once you are familiar with the requirements and the steps for certification, you will begin your project planning.
    2. An effective way to get started is to perform a Gap Analysis to see how your current practices and documentation compare to the requirements of the standard.

Resources:

    1. Review our SQF or 22000 Implementation Flow Diagram for an overview of Steps and Responsibilities for the implementation project.
    2. Check our our packages and products that provide you with all the tools, training, templates and guidance that you need for a successful project. SQF - FSSC 22000 - ISO 22000
    3. Where to find the published standards:
      1. Safe Quality Food, SQF
        1. You will want both the Code and the Guidance Document. Both documents can be downloaded free from the SQFI website at: SQFI
      2. FSSC 22000
        1. You will need three documents: "Part I Requirements for organizations that require certification", which can be downloaded at FSSC
        2. ISO 22000 "Food safety management systems - Requirements for any organization in the food chain" at Techstreet.com
        3. The appropriate Prerequisite Program requirements document, depending on your product or service. This will either be ISO 22002-1, PAS 223, or PAS 222 ISO 22000 ISO 22000 "Food safety management systems - Requirements for any organization in the food chain" at Techstreet.com