FSSC 22000, Food Safety System Certification standard, is the latest certification scheme for food manufacturers. The scheme is based on the integration of ISO 22000:2005 Food Safety Management Systems standard and Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 220. Supported by the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the European Union (CIAA), FSSC 22000 has been fully approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
Where the official name of the scheme still is FSSC 22000, both board members and users of the scheme prefer the shorter indication FS22000 or even FS22k and FS22.
What does the scheme cover?
It has been developed for the certification of food safety systems of food manufacturers that process or manufacture animal products (not including slaughtering and pre-slaughtering), perishable vegetal products, products with a long shelf life and (other) food ingredients like additives, vitamins and bio-cultures.
Who is the scheme for?
The standard is designed for food manufacturers who supply or intend to supply their products to major food retailers or major branded food companies. Manufacturers that are already certified against the ISO 22000 standard will only need an additional review against the PAS 220 in order to meet the FSSC 22000 certification scheme.