FSSC 22000 contains a complete certification Scheme for Food Safety Management Systems based on existing standards for certification (ISO 22000, ISO 22003 and technical specifications for sector PRPs). Certification needs accreditation under the standard ISO guide 17021. Manufacturers that are already certified against ISO 22000 will only need an additional review against technical specifications for sector PRPs to meet FSSC 22000.

For organizations wishing to integrate food quality management into the scope of their certification, FSSC 22000-Q certification has been available. FSSC 22000-Q consists of a combined FSSC 22000 and ISO 9001 certificate.

FSSC 22000 was developed for the certification of food safety systems of organizations in the food chain that process or manufacture animal products, perishable vegetal products, products with a long shelf life, (other) food ingredients like additives, vitamins, bio-cultures and food packaging material manufacturing. Click here for more information about the scopes which are currently covered by the FSSC 22000 Scheme.

FSSC 22000 is ready for new scopes the moment the necessary technical specifications for sector PRPs have been realized and large players in the international food sectors request FSSC 22000 to cover these sectors.

The FSSC 22000 Scheme has been given full recognition by the Global Food Safety Initiative. This follows an extensive benchmarking process using the requirements laid out in the so called GFSI Guidance Document/Benchmarking Requirements.

All FSSC 22000 Scheme documents are available for download here.