FSSC 22000: Food Safety System Certification [FSSC]

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FSSC - 22000: Food Safety system Certification Scheme

FSSC 22000:2010 (Food Safety System Certification) specifies requirements for the certification of Food Safety Management Systems for food manufacturing organizations. FSSC 22000 requires implementation of requirements of ISO 22000:2005 (Food Safety Management Systems Requirements) and PAS 220:2008 (Prerequisite Programmes on Food Safety for Food Manufacturing).

The FSSC 22000:2010 certification is recognized and accepted by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and other food safety management schemes such as BRC, IFS and SQF. Implementation and certification of FSSC 22000 can be integrated with other management systems for quality, environment, health & safety.

FSSC 22000 is harmonized food safety management systems based on the HACCP principles and specifies detailed food and ingredient manufacturing specific "pre-requisite program". FSSC 22000 is a complete certification scheme for food safety management systems. The requirements and guidelines of FSSC 22000are defined in four parts:

  • Part I – requirements of food safety system and guidance on how to apply for certification
  • Part II – requirements for providing certification, including the regulation for certification bodies and the harmonization committee
  • Part III – requirements for providing accreditation, including the regulation for accreditation bodies
  • Part IV - regulations for the Board of Stakeholders

Scope & Application

FSSC 22000 specifies requirements for the assessment of FSMS and ensures the safety of food and ingredients during manufacturing of:

  • Perishable animal products2 (i.e. meat, poultry, eggs, dairy and fish products);
  • Perishable vegetal products3 (i.e. packed fresh fruits and fresh juices, preserved fruits, packaged fresh  vegetables, preserved  vegetables);
  • Products with a long shelf life at ambient temperature4 (i.e. canned products, biscuits, snacks, oil, drinking water, beverages, pasta, flour, sugar, salt);
  • (bio)Chemical manufacturing5 (i.e. vitamins, additives, and bio-cultures but excluding technical and technological aids).

FSSC 22000 is specifically designed for food manufacturers and not for entire food chain like ISO 22000. The scheme is designed for audit and certification of the FSMS of food manufacturers.

Transport and storage on site and as part of the operation are included (e.g. cheese ripening).

FSSC 22000:2010 Requirements

FSSC 22000:2010 is based on ISO 22000, PAS 220 (ISO TS 22002-1) and ISO/TS 22003 (the standard establishing the certification rules). Certification according to this scheme will be accredited under the standard ISO 17021 (management system certification).

General Requirements

Food safety management system

The requirements for the development, implementation and maintenance of the food safety management system are laid down in the standard ISO 22000: 2005 "Food Safety management systems - Requirements for any organization in the food chain".

Prerequisite programmes

PAS 220 is the Publicly Available Specification which has been developed to specify requirements for prerequisite programs (as per ISO 22000 clause 7.2) to assist in controlling food safety standards within the manufacturing processes of the food supply chain. ISO TS 22002-1:2009 is based on PAS 220, and can be equally used.

PAS 220 was published on October 2008 by British Standards Institution (BSI) and sponsored by Danone, Kraft, Nestle, Unilever and Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the European Union (CIAA).

PAS 220, as well as ISO TS 22002-1, complements ISO 22000 and provides a common set of 18 pre-requisite programmes for use by food manufacturers.

Apart from these requirements, other appropriate information shall be considered and utilized especially:

  • Regulatory requirements,
  • Recognized sector or product group codes of practices and guidelines,
  • Customer requirements.

Documentation Requirements

The FSSC 22000 documentation shall include:

  • Food safety policy and related objectives,
  • Food safety manual & HACCP Plan,
  • Pre-requisite programmes
  • Documented procedures & work instructions,
  • Documents and records needed for effective implementation of processes,
  • Compliance to applicable regulatory requirements.

FSSC 22000 Implementation Benefits

  • Proven business credentials – through independent verification against recognized standards
  • Ability to win more business – particularly where procurement specifications require certification as a condition to supply
  • Customer satisfaction – through delivery of products that consistently meet customer requirements including quality, safety and legality
  • Reduced operating costs – through continual improvement of processes and resulting operational efficiencies
  • Operational efficiencies – by integrating pre-requisite programs (PRP’s & OPRP’s), HACCP with the Plan-Do-Check-Act philosophies of ISO 9001, the effectiveness of the Food Safety Management System is improved
  • Improved stakeholder relationships – including staff, customers and suppliers
  • Legal compliance – by verifying conformity to statutory and regulatory requirements
  • Improved risk management – through greater consistency and traceability of product.

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FSSC 22000:2010 Know More

How can I prepare for certification?

The process described in FSSC 22000 includes the following steps:

  • Identify, evaluate, and control the food safety hazards that may be expected to occur in order to avoid harming the consumer directly or indirectly
  • Communicate appropriate information through the food chain regarding safety issues related to the product
  • Communicate information concerning development, implementation, and updating of the food safety management system throughout the organization
  • Evaluate periodically and update, when necessary, the food safety management system to cover the company’s actual activities and the most recent information on food safety hazards.

One of the most important things to remember is that development, implementation, documentation and certification of a food safety management system is a continuous journey, with the independent audit representing one element of the total assessment process.

Does it applicable to food product packaging Industries also?

Extension of scope FSSC 22000 with Food Packaging Material Manufacturing

The Foundation for Food Safety Certification, owner of the FSSC 22000 certification scheme, will extend the certification scope of FSSC 22000 with Packaging Material Manufacturing according the recent publication of the PAS 223 – Prerequisite programmes and design requirements for food safety in the manufacture and provision of food packaging.

The PAS 223 is developed by a Steering Group, consisting of leading global packaging and food manufacturing companies. The fact that members of the working group are representatives from international food manufacturers (like Coca Cola, Unilever, Danone, Nestlé, Kraft) but also from international packaging material manufacturers (like TetraPak, Rexam, Amcor, O-I, Berry Plastics) gives the Board of the Foundation great confidence that there will be a need for certification.

Next to the need for extension of the FSSC scope this development is also in line with the commitment for FSSC from the international food manufacturers. They are in favour of the supply chain model in which FSSC can provide certification for more sectors in the supply chain, based on ISO 22000 and technical specifications for sector PRP’s. At this moment experts from the Packaging Material Industry and the Foundation are working on this extension of scope.

What if my company is currently ISO 22000 certified?

If your company is currently ISO 22000 certified, then the only requirement will be an additional and typically shorter audit to verify compliance of your system to the requirements of PAS 220:2008. An FSSC 22000 certificate will be issued following successful audit.

Steps for FSSC 22000 certification:

  • Gap-analysis, to help you understand your best route to certification
  • Training on FSSC 22000, ISO 22000 and PAS 220 – ISO TS 22002-1
  • Documentation, implementation and certification support activities according to FSSC 22000:2010 standard requirements