What is FSSC 22000?
With the industrialization of food, there is an increasing need for affordable, safe, and good-quality food products. FSSC 22000 provides a brand assurance platform to the food industry. Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000) is an internationally accepted certification scheme for certifying and auditing food safety within the food and beverage industry. It is accepted worldwide because it is recognized by Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
What is the backbone of FSSC 22000?
FSSC22000 is based on 3 components:
- ISO22000- Provides a basic framework across the entire framework.
- PRPs- Includes requirements derived from BSI, PAS, and ISO Technical Specification Standards.
- FSSC22000 Additional Requirements- Covers those requirements missed in ISO22000 and PRPs.
Aims and Objectives
- Create and maintain an accurate and reliable register of certified organizations that have demonstrated that they meet the system’s requirements.
- Support the accurate application of food safety and quality management systems.
- Promote national and international recognition and acceptance of food safety and quality management systems.
- Provide information and campaigns on food safety and quality management systems and support for the certification of food safety management systems in food safety and quality.
Which organizations can get FSSC22000 certification?
FSSC supports the whole food supply chain. It covers:
- Processing of ambient stable products
- Production of feed
- Production of pet food (only for dogs and cats)
- Production of pet food (for other pets)
- Retail /Wholesale
- Provision of transport and storage services for perishable food and feed
- Provision of transport and storage services for ambient stable food, feed, and packaging materials
- Production of food packaging and packaging materials
- Production of Bio-chemicals
Difference between FSSC 22000 and FSSC 22000 QUALITY
Combining FSSC 22000 and ISO 9001 is called FSSC 22000 QUALITY. FSSC 22000 QUALITY is for an organization that wishes to integrate its Food Quality Management System into the scope of certification.
Audit and Certification Process of FSSC 22000
The certification process and audit proceeds according to the steps below:
- Initial Certification Audit – The initial certification audit includes: – fixing a mutually convenient date for both the certification body and the applicant, applicant, ensuring that it has all the required documents, staff members, and all the operations and processes ready to be audited on the audit day.
- The two Stages for the FSSC 22000 Audit –
- STAGE 1: Stage 1 verifies that the applicant follows the FSSC 22000 standards, own internal documents, and regulations of the country. The applicant organization must have at least six months of verifiable records for the audit. After review, it will include “areas of concern,” which will be categorized as Major or Minor areas of concern. Finally, the applicant will have up to 6 months to fix the errors. The main objective of this stage is to assess the preparedness for stage 2 of the organization.
- STAGE 2: In stage 2, activities subjected to the proposed certification shall be assessed and shall take place during the initial six months after stage 1. The site shall be fully operational during the audit. Applicants are issued with either Minor, Major, or Critical findings. In the case of Major and Critical results, the certificate will be issued once these issues are resolved.
- Certificate Issue – After all the issues have been resolved to the auditor’s satisfaction, the Certification Body shall issue a certificate which essentially gives assurance that all the standard’s requirements have been met.
- Surveillance Audits – After the certification is issued, annual surveillance audits shall be conducted within the three-year, of which at least one must be unannounced.
- Recertification Audits – Recertification audits are conducted every three years and usually coincide with a newer version of FSSC 22000. It is a complete audit that encourages the latest compliance and demonstrates the organization’s competence.
Why FSSC 22000?
- Economical – Organizations can pay all at once or divide the payment over three years. It is economical compared to other schemes, such as British Retail Consortium (BRC), where the organization should pay annually.
- Valid for three years – Once certified, the organization does not have to worry about certification for three years if they maintain the given standard.
- Benefit of Surveillance Audit – The auditors will audit each year, which provides room for improvement, if any.
FSSC 22000 is designed to help an organization establish and control and improve its food safety management. The scheme is recognized by GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) and is accepted worldwide.
FSSC 22000 integrates quality management with food safety by including all the requirements of ISO9001, making it a one-stop solution for an organization that wishes to incorporate quality into the scope of certification.
It ensures visibility up and down the supply chain. The scheme has both flexibilities with accountability, meeting the needs of individual organizations.