FSSC 22000 extends scope to packaging


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 PRPs.

At this moment experts from the Packaging Material Industry and the Foundation are working on this extension of scope.

Food Safety System Certification 22000

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 now uses the existing standards ISO 22000, ISO 22003 and the equivalent norms ISO/TS 22002-1 / PAS 220, which were developed through a wide and open consultation with a large number of related organizations.

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 & process approach)

Wide scope

Stakeholder approval & commitment (industry, retailers, ngo-s)

In depth and rigorous food safety audits

Independent scheme management


Non profit management by the Foundation for Food Safety Certification

GFSI accepted

Recognized by the European co-operation for Accreditation (EA)