What is FSSC 22000?

FSSC 22000 is a Certification Scheme for food processors and food packaging manufacturers. A company must design, document and implement a food safety management system based on the FSSC 22000 requirements to achieve certification.

ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 are Food Safety Management Systems Certification Schemes that provide assurance to your customers that you have implemented an effective food safety plan and management system?

ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 are growing rapidly in popularity, and more and more large retailers and manufacturers expect their customers to achieve certification to help prevent illness and costly, damaging recalls of products.

Types of companies that can register to FSSC 22000 include those that process:

  • Perishable animal products
  • perishable vegetal products
  • processed foods and products with long shelf life at ambient temperature
  • (bio)chemical manufacturing;• pet food and • food packaging manufacturing

If you have been asked to achieve certification to a GFSI benchmarked scheme, this is one of your choices.

Having a standardized system for ensuring the integrity and safety of each link in the food chain became critical in order to ensure consumer protection. There are many different sets of standards globally, causing confusion for manufacturers and consumers. Two worldwide organizations have set out to standardize systems, and to achieve global recognition of standardized systems.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) developed a Food Safety Management System based on the globally accepted Quality Management System, ISO 9001. The Food Safety Management System standard is ISO 22000. The standard is applicable to any company in the food industry, from farmers, manufacturers and transporters to packagers and retailers. ISO 22000 registration is recognized worldwide, and is growing in popularity. The number of registrations has doubled in the last year.

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a division of the Consumer Goods Forum and a collaboration of retailers, manufacturers and food service companies that has been working on harmonization of food safety standards. GFSI benchmarks the various food safety standards against a basic set of criteria. Standards meeting the criteria are recognized. Many large retailers and manufacturers are requesting their suppliers to register to a GFSI recognized scheme. One of the benchmarked standards is FSSC 22000.

Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 is an ISO 22000 and PAS 220 based certification scheme for food manufacturers. It includes both the requirements for a Food Safety Management System found in ISO 22000 and the requirements for Prerequisite Programs found in the Publicly Available Standard (PAS) 220. The PAS 220 requirements have also been published in an ISO Technical Specification ISO/TS 22002-1:2009.

The FSSC 22000 Certification scheme requirements are found in ISO 22000, ISO/TS 22002-1 and FSSC 22000 document "Part I Requirements for organizations that require certification". To prepare for certification, you must meet the requirements in all three of these documents.

ISO/TS 22002-1 contains the requirements for prerequisite programs. These were originally published in the PAS 220, but that document has now been replaced by ISO/TS 22002-1.

Organizations choose this system, which uses the ISO 22000 standard as a foundation, because of the proven success of the ISO Management Systems. The management systems requirements are familiar to and recognized by customers worldwide, and have proven their effectiveness over decades of use in a variety of industries.

More detail about ISO 22000
More detail about ISO/TS 22002-1
FSSC 22000 Implementation Package


FS22000 (FSSC 22000) certification Tools, Training and Documentation

All of our packages have been designed to give you the option to include PAS 220 requirements in the system. Our checklists have a section specifically for PAS 220 requirements, our documentation includes PAS 220 requirements with guidance on what must be included to meet the requirements of PAS 220.

We recommend the FSSC 22000 Implementation Training & Tools Package for a successful FSSC 22000 implementation.


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