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.
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.
FSSC 22000 has been developed for the certification of food safety system of food manufacturers that process or manufacture animal products, perishable vegetal products, products with a long shelf life and (other) food ingredients like additives, vitamins and bio-cultures. Only associated certification bodies are licensed to issue accredited FSSC 22000 certificates. The FSSC 22000 certification scheme is the sixth standard that is accepted by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and the first standard that is accepted by the European Cooperation for Accreditation (EA). The Foundation for Food Safety Certification bodies. The FSSC 22000 certificate proves that the organizations food safety system is in full compliance with the requirements.
Companies that plan well will often have an advantage and be better prepared for certification. It is important that you and your company are positive, committed, and set clear target dates for implementation and assessment.