FSSC 22000 Certification
FSSC 22000 is based on the widely recognized Food Management System Standard ISO 22000, the industry relevant Pre-Requisite Program (PRP) and FSSC defined additional requirements (which includes food defense, food fraud prevention and allergen management among others).
The Scheme is owned by an independent non-profit organization and it is GFSI benchmarked. KEBS CB is licensed to offer FSSC 22000 certification for both food manufacturing and food packaging sectors
Benefits of FSSC Certification
- Increased market access because FSSC 22000 is GFSI benchmarked, recognized and accepted globally
- Identification and control of food safety hazards hence reduced risk of food safety incidents.
- In depth and rigorous food safety audits
- Creation of food safety culture and increased operational control.
- Increased marketability, recognition, competitiveness and customer trust
- Continually improve and update implemented systems for efficiency and effectiveness
FSSC 22000 V5.1
FSSC published version 5.1 of FSSC 22000 on 20 November 2020. The main reasons for publishing a revised version included:
- Incorporating the GFSI benchmarking requirements version 2020.1
- Strengthening the licensing process and the integrity program.
- Minor editorial changes or amendments to the V5 scheme requirements.
Conduct of FSSC Audit
The standard method for conducting FSSC 22000 audits is either through full on-site audits as described in Part 3 of the Scheme or partial on-site audits using the ICT Audit Approach as described in Annex 9, both of which are GFSI recognized options.
The FSSC 22000 full remote option is an accredited, non-GFSI recognized, voluntary option that can only be utilized where access to the premises of the certified organization is not possible as a direct result of a serious event (refer Appendix 1 of the Scheme), supported by a risk assessment. Mutual agreement between the CB and the certified organization is required prior to conducting the full remote audit.
A full remote audit is defined as an audit that takes place entirely at a location other than that of the certified organization through the use of ICT.