Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000) is a robust, ISO-based, internationally accepted certification scheme for auditing and certification of food safety in the whole supply chain. FSSC 22000 uses the existing standards ISO 22000, ISO 22003 and technical specifications for sector PRPs, which were developed through a wide and open consultation with a large number of related organizations. ISO 22000 certified manufacturers can obtain full GFSI accepted FSSC 22000 certification by meeting the requirements of technical specifications for sector PRPs and the additional scheme requirements.
FSSC 22000 has been developed for the certification of food safety systems of the organizations in the food chain which process or manufacture animal products, perishable vegetal products, products with a long shelf life and (other) food ingredients like additives, vitamins and bio-cultures and food packaging manufacturing.
Only certification bodies which have entered into an agreement with FSSC 22000 are licensed to issue accredited FSSC 22000 certificates. The FSSC 22000 certification scheme is fully recognized and accepted by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and by the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA).
The independent, non-profit Foundation for Food Safety Certification, based in the Netherlands, retains the ownership and the copyright of the scheme and issues the license agreements for certification bodies.
Benefits of the FSSC certification scheme
ISO-based supply chain approach.
Use of existing, independent, international standards. (ISO 22000, ISO 22003 and technical specifications for sector PRPs.)
ISO/IEC 17021 accreditation (system a process approach).
Wide scope: food manufacturing, Food Packaging design, development and manufacturing and manufacture of animal feed stuffs
Stakeholder approval and commitment to drive certification(industry, retailers, ngo-s, etc)
In depth, rigorous process based food safety audits, focused at all levels of the production process, using a systematic approach with continuous improvement, driven by top management
Independent scheme management with IAF oversight
Transparency at all levels
Nonprofit management by the Foundation for Food Safety Certification
Recognized by the European cooperation for Accreditation (EA)
The FSSC 22000 certification scheme sets out the requirements for certification bodies to develop, implement and operate the FSSC 22000 certification and to guarantee its impartiality and competence. FSSC 22000 sets out the requirements to assess food safety systems of organizations throughout the food chain and to issue globally recognized certificates.
The FSSC 22000 certificate proves that the food safety systems of such organizations are in full compliance with all the FSSC 22000 requirements including any pre requisite requirements. The added value for an organization with an FSSC 22000 certified food safety system lies in the efforts made by the organization to maintain such system and its commitment to continuously improve its performance supported by regular third party assessments and reviews.
We have done the FSSC 22000 certification in November 2013 and expressed satisfaction with the results of graduation. FSSC 22000 implementation audited every 6 months to ensure that we consistently have run the requirements of FSSC 22000 requirements in clause.