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The Scheme makes use of international and independent standards such as ISO 22000, ISO 9001, ISO/TS 22003 and technical specifications for sector specific Pre-Requisite Programs (PRPs), such as  ISO/TS 22002-1. These standards were developed through a wide and open consultation with a large number of international stakeholders. Besides these standards, the Scheme contains so-called FSSC Additional Requirements which can be found in the FSSC 22000 Scheme documents. The Scheme documents are available from the FSSC 22000 website.

Through meeting the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Benchmarking Requirements, the FSSC 22000 Scheme has been given full recognition since 2010. GFSI recognition demonstrates that the Scheme meets the highest standards globally leading to international food industry acceptance. Furthermore the Scheme is widely accepted by Accreditation Bodies worldwide and supported by important stakeholders like FoodDrinkEurope (FDE) and the American Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA).

The FSSC 22000 Scheme sets out the requirements for Certification Bodies, Accreditation Bodies and Training Organizations to develop and implement its operations for auditing and certification of food safety management systems of organizations within the entire food supply chain. The issued certificate confirms that the organizations food safety management system is in conformance with the Scheme requirements and that the organization is able to maintain compliance with these requirements.

The Scheme design

The FSSC 22000 Scheme consists of three components: ISO 22000, sector specific PRPs and additional requirements. Besides these three components there’s a FSSC 22000-Quality option based on the additional requirements of ISO 9001.

For organizations wishing to integrate their food quality management system into the scope of their certification, FSSC 22000-Quality certification is available. FSSC 22000-Quality consists of a combined FSSC 22000 and full ISO 9001 audit.

From ISO 22000 to FSSC 22000

When an organization is already certified against ISO 22000 only an additional review against technical specifications for sector PRPs and the FSSC Additional Requirements is needed to meet all Scheme requirements. Find more information about this process in the video below.