FSSC 22000 Certification

Showing Your Commitment to Food Safety


Due to increasing demand and pressure from consumers, retailers are now requesting their suppliers be able to demonstrate compliance with a recognized Food Safety standard. Standards have emerged over the past several years, some privately owned by suppliers or associations. However, the result was that each manufacturer was audited and certified against a multitude of Food Safety standards, causing confusion for both the manufacturer and consumer. The Foundation for Food Safety Certification combined ISO 22000 and PAS 220 and issued FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification), which has been benchmarked and approved by GFSI and is at the same level as the other GFSI approved standards (BRC, IFS, SQF) and might even replace them.


What is FSSC 22000?

FSSC 22000 is a certification scheme for food manufacturers and is owned by the Foundation of Food

Safety Certification. It includes the following requirements:

Food Safety Management System, in accordance with ISO 22000:2005

Pre-requisite Programs, as stipulated by BSI-PAS 220:2008

Additional requirements: Inventory of applicable regulation; Specifications for services and

Supervision of personnel in application of food safety principles.

What are the key benefits?

It is an international food safety scheme

It has been benchmarked and recognized by GFSI

It is based on recognized standards

Provides access to - or a "license" to sell - the major international retail chains

Minimizes significant food risks

Effectively controls internal processes and minimizes risk of failure

Reinforces a proactive approach to food safety

Keeps the focus on your essential challenges


Does FSSC 22000 apply to all “players” in the food chain?

The FSSC 22000 scheme is only applicable for those companies who manufacture produts as detailed in the scheme.


If I am already certified to other standards, what steps will be necessary for FSSC 22000 compliance?

If your company is already certified in compliance with the British Retail Consortium (BRC) or the International Featured Standard (IFS), you will need a commitment from top management, a documented HACCP analysis and a review of in-house and external communication system. If your organisation is already certified against ISO 22000, then you have to implement the pre-requisites programme, in accordance with PAS 220 requisites, and some extra work must be done in order to include the scheme’s extra requirements.


Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 223 is intended to be used by food packaging manufacturing organizations to support management systems designed to meet the requirements for PRPs specified in BS EN ISO 22000, and it sets out the detailed requirements for those programmes.

Requirements for design have been included in this PAS because of the potential food safety risk that can arise if the food packaging is not suitable for the intended use. It is essential that the proposed uses of the food packaging are fully understood so that any food safety risks can be identified and addressed through appropriate food packaging design.

This Publicly Available Specification (PAS) specifies requirements for establishing, implementing and maintaining prerequisite programmes (PRPs) and design requirements to assist in controlling food safety hazards in the manufacture of food packaging.

This PAS is applicable to all organizations, regardless of size or complexities, that manufacture food packaging.

This PAS is not designed or intended for use in other parts of the food chain.

Food packaging manufacturing organizations are diverse in nature, and not all of the requirements specified in this PAS apply to an individual organization. Each organization is required to conduct a documented food safety hazard and risk assessment that includes each requirement. Where exclusions are made or alternative measures are implemented, these need to be justified by the food safety hazard and risk assessment.

This PAS is not a management system standard and is intended to be used by food packaging manufacturing organizations that wish to implement PRPs in such a way as to address the requirements specified in BS EN ISO 22000.

GFSI (The Global Food Safety Initiative)

About GFSI

The GFSI, managed by the Consumer Goods Forum, was set up in 2000 to pursue continuous improvement in food safety management systems, cost efficiency in the supply chain and, above all, safefood for consumers worldwide.

On 23rd February 2010 - The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), managed by The Consumer Goods Forum, announced today that the FSSC 22000 scheme, managed by The Foundation for Food Safety Certification, based in the Netherlands has been given full recognition by the Global Food Safety Initiative Board of Directors.

This follows an extensive benchmarking process using the requirements laid out in the GFSI Guidance Document Version 5, and an addendum which was issued in December 2009.

GFSI has recognized FSSC 22000 for the scopes of the processing of animal and vegetal perishable products as well as processing of long shelf life ambient products and food ingredients (ref. ISO/TS 22003 Food Chain Category Scopes C, D, E and L (biocultures, additives and vitamins only).