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FSSC 22000 Food Safety System Certification

Managing food safety risk throughout the supply chain.

FSSC 22000 certification from Lloyd's Register represents a comprehensive approach to food safety risk management throughout the food supply chain, which is fully recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).


Effective management systems and independent certification are key drivers of a successful food safety culture. FSSC 22000 is designed to encourage the international harmonisation and transparency of food safety standards. Your whole network of processes will be assessed and monitored using the process-based approach – the systematic identification and management of interacting processes.

Applicable to all food products, food ingredients, food packaging materials, animal feed and animal food production, this certification scheme is based on ISO 22000, the international food safety management system standard, combined with one of the sector specific technical specifications for Prerequisite Programmes (PRPs) (e.g. ISO/TS 22001-1 for food manufacturing) and additional sector-specific requirements that ensure consistency and integrity across all the scopes and provide governance for the scheme.

The latest version (4.1) of this standard is aligned with the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements version 7.1, which were published in May 2017 and incorporates industry feedback on version 4, which was launched in December 2016.

The new version also aims to make the standard more rigorous and consistent, primarily through the introduction of unannounced audits and a new focus on food defence and fraud prevention.

The scope has been extended to cover:

  • Transport and Storage – based on NEN NTA 8059:2016
  • Food service/Catering – based on ISO/TS 22002-2:2016
  • Retail/Wholesale industries – based on ISO/TS 22002-6:2013

This is in addition to the previous scopes of farming of animals, manufacturing of food products, manufacturing of food packaging and packaging material, and the manufacturing of food and feed for animals.

What we offer

We specialise in management systems compliance including gap analysis, assessment and certification, all underpinned with expert advice designed to meet the needs of your industry.  We explore every problem thoroughly with exact, analytical precision.  We leave no stone unturned and no questions unanswered, to draw accurate conclusions.

Food safety management system gap analysis
You have the option to conduct a gap analysis before certification, during which an assessor will work with you to focus on a critical, high risk or weak area of your system. We will work with you to determine the scope of your gap analysis to give you the flexibility to focus on the most important areas for your organisation.  

Once successful assessments are carried out and technical approval given, we award you a certificate. Certification provides credibility for your stakeholders through the globally recognised Lloyd's Register (LR) brand. 

Within FSSC 22000 version 4.1, it is mandatory for at least one of the two surveillance audits to be an unannounced audit. The certification body determines which of the surveillance audits will be unannounced, although certified organisations can choose to have both surveillance audits unannounced, if they wish. The unannounced audit can take place at any time during operational working hours and will start with an inspection of the production facilities and the auditor will spend at least half of their time in the production area assessing the implementation of the applicable CCPs, PRPs and OPRPs. 

We provide practical client training courses worldwide in various languages, led by trained and qualified tutors. Many of our courses are endorsed by relevant professional bodies and based on our experience of assessing management systems. We offer both public and in-house training services including customised training solutions.

We offer an extensive range of food safety training courses that are recognised by the Foundation for Food Safety Certification, owners of the FSSC standard. Our training services helps organisations and practitioners at every stage of their FSMS implementation and management – whether you are just starting out or if you want to gain a formal qualification, LR has a course to meet your learning objectives.

Customised Assurance
The challenge of globalisation, changing customer requirements, legislation and technology means that worldwide, organisations are increasingly turning to customised assurance programmes, underpinned with client specific criteria, to help them meet their organisational goals.

Our range of customised solutions are focused on delivering client value by offering a variety of tools and techniques to identify the right solution for your business. Once we have assessed your needs, we can then identify the most appropriate methods to equip you with the relevant knowledge and implement the recommended improvement initiatives.

A wide range of assurance services
Don’t let your certification journey stop with food safety; at LR, we deliver certification, validation and verification assessment services to all of the world’s leading standards and schemes including quality, health and safety, environmental, sustainability, energy management, business continuity, cyber security and many more.  

What are the benefits?

  • Improved food safety performance
  • Ensure that your whole network of processes will be assessed and monitored using the process-based approach – the systematic identification and management of interacting processes.
  • Streamline control of internal processes to help minimise significant food risks.
  • Customers and stakeholders will see that you take a serious and managed approach to food safety.
  • Increase and improve brand protection and supply chain management.
  • Help ensure preventive and corrective approaches to food safety management.
  • Create greater transparency and help to address the fragmentation of standards across the food industry.
  • FSSC 22000 is aligned with the US Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and shares common goals in terms of achieving food safety through a management systems approach. Further information on FSSC 22000 and FSMA is available on the FSSC 22000 website: http://www.fssc22000.com/documents/graphics/news/supplement-fssc-22000-and-fsma-v1-final-september-2017.pdf


Why choose LR?

LR has been at the forefront of food safety standards (including the development of HACCP, ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000), support for the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and is a market leader in FSSC 22000 certification. 

Over 5000 food, beverage, packaging and ingredients companies choose LR globally. Our food safety technical experts contribute to the development and continual improvement of food safety standards, giving your organisation and your supply chain the confidence that you’re working with experts.

Your business helps LR to help others

The profits we generate fund the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, a charity that supports engineering-related research, education and public engagement around everything we do. All of this helps us stand by the purpose that drives us every single day: working together for a safer world.

Independent & Impartial

We maintain our independence and impartiality by proactively managing conflicts of interest across all LR businesses including those which may exist between consultancy and third-party certification services.  We will not offer consultancy services for any management system that is in the process of or has completed accredited third-party certification with LR. Further, if we are already providing consultancy services relating to a management system, we will not offer any accredited third-party assessment services.

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