FSSC 22000 Certification was created by the non-profit organization FSSC (Food System Safety Certification) and is a certification scheme with the basic elements of ISO 22000:2005 and PAS 220:2008.
The aim of FSSC 22000 is to define specific requirements for basic conditions and activities that are necessary to maintain proper healthy environment, known as prerequisites (PRPs), which in the ISO 22000:2005 referred as “measures for evaluation”. It uses an approach of Food Safety Management Systems in accordance with ISO 22000 for the requirements of the management system and ISO technical standards or publicly available specifications (PAS) for prerequisite program requirements. FSSC is designed to provide to companies in the food industry, ISO Certification of their quality system, recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). Recognition by GFSI provides global recognition and acceptance by food manufacturers and retailers. FSSC 22000 System seamlessly integrates with other management systems such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
FSSC 22000 is applied for:
FSSC 22000 is addressed to all kind of food businesses and industries be involved in production, processing and / or standardization of food, apart from primary production, and it can be an advantage for the companies who, in relation to their export activities, would like to be certified in an acceptable certification to leading food companies thoughout the world. FSSC 22000 is also addressed to businesses of which the infrastructure is one of their strength and they stands out taking more efficient measures to ensure the good quality of their products.
Which are the benefits from FSSC 22000
The main advantages of FSSC 22000 is the recognition by GFSI Organisation. As equivalent with BRC Food Standard System, IFS Food Standard and SQF 2000 Code, FSSC 22000 is a System oriented in safety, without setting particular demands on the quality of food. This may be an advantage for the quality system of a company who wants to focus on food safety.
Companies have already certified by ISO 22000:2005 and their infrastructure is one of their strengths, should easily upgrade their system with the requirements of PAS 220: 2008 in order to be certified by FSSC 22000.