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FSSC 22000

The new Food Safety System Certification 22000 scheme (FSSC 22000) has been developed for food manufacturers that process or manufacture animal or perishable vegetal products, products with a long shelf life and food ingredients such as additives, vitamins and bio-cultures.

“Having a single, trusted partner is very important for Cargill. We are rolling out FSSC 22000 to over 1,000 plants in 67 countries. Having the same level of food safety execution at every plant is an expectation from our customers. We feel that having LRQA delivering a high level of consistency is the best approach to ensure that we are delivering on our promise to our customers.”

Mark Overland
Director, Global Certification

What is FSSC 22000?

The new Food Safety System Certification 22000 scheme (FSSC 22000) has been developed for food manufacturers that process or manufacture animal or perishable vegetal products, products with a long shelf life and food ingredients such as additives, vitamins and bio-cultures.

FSSC 22000 includes transportation and on site storage if part of the operation. It is applicable to all food manufacturers, regardless of size, complexity and status of their organisation (profit making or not, public or private).

Under this standard, audits and assessments use the process-based approach. Auditors look at how each process impacts on all the others, as a network, or a web of interactions. A fundamental requirement of this approach is the existence of an effective management system.

FSSC 22000 is a complete certification scheme for food safety management systems. It is based on ISO 22000, the global food safety management system standard and PAS 220, a standard developed to address prerequisite programme requirements for food product and ingredient manufacturers.

The requirements and guidelines of FSSC 22000 are described 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


By implementing FSSC 22000, the food industry is adopting risk management and quality assurance techniques proven across a huge range of other sectors. The new scheme is credible, independent and respected. It is designed to deliver:

  • greater confidence in food

  • fewer health risks

  • improved protection for brands

  • lower auditing costs

  • improved supply chain management.

This standard helps address the fragmentation of standards across the food industry. In response to food scares, major manufacturers and retailers have introduced bespoke standards. These can now be harmonised by using FSSC 22000 as a base, and adding specific additional requirements as necessary.

This will make it much easier for producers and suppliers to sell to a varied range of clients. Producers gain greater control over their processes, and a more holistic view of their organisation. The audits also form the basis for continual improvement, and benchmarking on a global level. Standardisation makes it easier to sell into new markets, and to new customers.

The new scheme also provides:

  • greater transparency around food standards

  • global standards that everyone recognises

  • more effective third party auditing that eases the burden on regulators - regulators can use the new standards as a first point of assessment

  • Cost savings through process efficiencies leading and streamlined auditing.

The ultimate aim of FSSC 22000 is to improve standards of food safety, and restore consumer confidence in the integrity of the food supply. This will benefit the whole industry. 

Is FSSC 22000 recognised by the GFSI?

Yes! It has been given full recognition by the Global Food Safety Initiative, and is supported by the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the European Union (CIAA). Only associated certification bodies, like LRQA, are licensed to issue accredited FSSC 22000 certificates.

How and why was FSSC 22000 developed?

When the ISO 22000 food safety management system standard was reviewed by the GFSI for consideration of acceptance into it’s list of recognized standards (which include BRC, IFS, SQF and Dutch HACCP) it wasn’t seen to cover in detail the pre-requisite programs required to satisfy specific food safety concerns for food manufacturers. This led to the development of the PAS 220, designed to be used in conjunction with ISO 22000, which defines the pre-requisite programs not included within the ISO 22000 standard.

The second requirement for the standard to be accepted within the GFSI program was that the scheme must have a designated owner. To enable this, the FSSC has been designated to manage the accreditation and certification activities of the FSSC 22000 standard along with its acceptance into the GFSI program.

How is certification to FSSC 22000 achieved?

Manufacturers already ISO 22000 certified will only need an additional analysis against the PAS 220 to enable certification to the FSSC 22000 standard.  Manufacturers not certified to ISO 22000 will require a gap analysis to determine their most practical route to FSSC 22000 certification. 

LRQA's services

  • Gap analysis - As a contributor to the development of the PAS 220 specification, LRQA offers gap analysis to help determine how your organisation may achieve FSSC 22000 certification.

  • Assessment and certification - we are now fully accredited to deliver FSSC 22000 certification

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