Food Safety System Certification Scheme ISO 22000 and PAS 220 (ISO 22002-
FSSC 22000:2010 is an International Standard developed for the certification of Food Safety Management Systems for food manufacturers.
It combines the requirements of ISO 22000:2005 (Food Safety Management Systems requirements)
and PASS220:2008 (prerequisite programmes on food safety for food manufacturing,
The FSSC 22000:2010 scheme is fully recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GSFI), the benchmarking body for the harmonization of international food safety standards, along with other food safety management schemes like the BRC, IFS and SQF schemes. The strong element of ISO 22000:2005 in the standard makes it align with other generic management systems such as the ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 to enable effective system integration.
Brief Background to FSSC 22000:2010
ISO 22000:2010 was not approved through the GSFI benchmarking process primarily because the requirement for prerequisite programmes for food manufacturing was not detailed in the standards, due largely to its ‘entire food chain’ coverage. This led to further work championed by the large food manufacturers including Kraft, Nestle, DANONE and Unilever under the aegis of the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the European Union (CIAA); that led to the introduction in 2008 of the PAS220:2008 (prerequisite programmes on food safety for food manufacturing).
The Foundation for Food safety developed and has ownership of the FSSC 22000:2010 standard based primarily on the combination of the requirements of ISO 22000:2005 and PAS220:2008. FSSC 22000:2010 has received full recognition by the GSFI having successfully passed through the benchmarking process. Licensed certification bodies like NQA can audit against the requirements and issue certificates for FSSC 22000:2010.
Who Should Use FSSC 22000:2010?
Unlike ISO 22000:2010, which is applicable to all organizations along the food chain; FSSC 22000:2010 is specifically designed for food manufacturers. The scheme is intended for the audit and certification of the food safety management system of food manufacturers that process or manufacture:
perishable animal products, excluding slaughtering and pre-
perishable vegetal products (i.e. fresh fruits and fresh juices, preserved fruits, fresh vegetables, preserved vegetables).
products with long shelf life at ambient temperature (i.e. canned products, biscuits, snacks, oil, drinking water, beverages, pasta, flour, sugar, salt).
(bio)chemical products for food manufacturing (i.e. vitamins additives and bio-
Gas as food ingredient(eg CO2)
Note: transport and storage on site and as part of the operation are included (e.g.
cheese ripening). It is applicable to all food manufacturing organizations in these
categories, regardless of size and complexity, whether profit-
Benefits of Achieving Certification to FSSC 22000:2010
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What if my company is already ISO 22000:2010 certified?
If your company is already ISO 22000:2010 certified, then the only requirement will
be an additional and typically shorter audit to verify compliance of your system
to the requirements of PASS 220:2008(Replaced with ISO 22002-
How to Gain Certification to FSSC 22000:2010 ?
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