The FSSC 22000 Scheme sets out the requirements for Certification Bodies (CBs) to develop, implement and operate a certification scheme and to guarantee its impartiality and competence. The Scheme sets out the requirements to assess the food safety system of food manufacturing organizations and to issue a certificate. This certificate indicates that the organizations food safety system is in conformance with the requirements which are given in the Scheme and that the organization is able to maintain conformance with these requirements. The value added to an organization with a certified food safety system lies in the efforts made by the organization to maintain that system and its commitment to continuously improve its performance.

The Scheme consists of three components: ISO 22000, sectorspecific PRPs and specific FSSC 22000 requirements. Besides these three components there's a voluntarily FSSC 22000 - Quality module based on all requirements of ISO 9001.

FSSC 22000 - Q

There has continually been a strong interest expressed by organizations recognizing the value of FSSC 22000 Food Safety Management System, for the opportunity to integrate food quality management into the scope of their FSSC 22000 certification. To meet this demand, a voluntary ISO 9001:2008 module has been added to the existing FSSC 22000 Scheme, making it possible to offer combined FSSC 22000 and ISO 9001 certification. Since 1 March 2015, FSSC 22000-Q certification has been available for organizations wishing to include food quality management into their certification scope. Additional information is published as a Q&A to support the use and development of this module.