Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS)

FSSC 22000 V 5.1

What's FSSC 22000?

FSSC 22000 is a certification scheme for auditing and certification of Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS), owned by a legal entity under Dutch law, called the Foundation FSSC 22000. The foundation also offers certification for combined FSMS and QMS (abbreviated as FSSC 22000-Quality).

There are 3 required components for this scheme as follows:

  1. ISO 22000:2018, Food safety management systems – Requirements for any organization in the food chain
  2. Sector-specific pre-requisite programs (PRPs) e.g. ISO’ technical standards
  3. FSSC 22000 requirements (additional)

From ISO 22000 to FSSC 22000

When already certified to ISO 22000, an organization only needs additional

  1. Review of technical specifications for sector PRPs, and
  2. The FSSC additional requirements to meet all scheme requirements

Benefits of FSSC 22000

The benefits include

  • The scheme has the flexibility to cover the entire supply chain.
  • It can be easily integrated with any other management system standard e.g. ISO 14001.
  • The scheme is globally recognized/accepted.
  • Incorporates the international standard ISO 22000 (for Food
    Safety Management Systems), which includes the HACCP principles of
    Codex Alimentarius, sector-specific pre-requisite program requirements and FSSC 22000 additional requirements.
  • Legal compliance, as it requires adherence to relevant national statutory and regulatory requirements.

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