SS 590 Food Safety Certification

SS 590 Food Safety Certification

Food Safety Management System

Food Safety Management System

WHAT IS SS 590 Food Safety Management System?

The SS 590:2013 is a HACCP based locally recognized and accredited food safety management system in Singapore. It was published to replace and upgrade the previous Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) HACCP Document No. 2 – Management of Food Safety based on HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) – Requirements for a HACCP-based Food Management System. All CBs were asked by SAC to migrate certifications under SAC HACCP Document No. 2 to SS 590 by 10 January 2016.

Maintaining high food safety and quality standards is critical for protecting human health. SS 590 is a generic standard that lays the framework and requirements for food safety management system. SS 590:2013 is applicable to food and beverage producing, processing, packaging, sourcing, preserving, distributing, transportation, supplying or selling organisations. It also covers food manufacturers, hotels’ kitchen, restaurants, caterers, food distribution companies, food retail etc. They will have to implement, change, integrate or enhance their existing management system to meet SS 590:2013 requirements.

Though an HACCP based standard, SS 590 has been drafted as a modified adoption of the FSMS standard ISO 22000. Hence, implementing SS 590 will lay the foundation for the implementation of ISO 22000 standard in future.


Getting audited and certified under SS 590 has several benefits, some of which are as follows:

  • Enhance safety, quality and integrity of your food products or services consistently.
  • It will enable you to win customer trust and enhance your credibility.
  • SS 590 standard is applicable to all food and beverage related organisations.
  • With this standard, you mitigate the risk of not meeting regulatory and statutory requirements
  • Access new markets and explore export possibilities with this standard.
  • It makes you aware and readies you for future implementation of ISO 22000
  • SS 590 helps you strengthen your supplier and vendor relations.
  • It enables you to enhance your market access and export your food products to new international markets.
  • As SS 590 has the same structure, it will be easier for your organisation to implement ISO 22000.
  • Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) which cannot immediately fulfill requirements and resources for ISO 22000 can opt for SS 590.
  • Gain a competitive edge and become a preferred vendor for your customers.


TÜV SÜD PSB has been accredited by Singapore Accreditation Council (SAC) for auditing and certifying organisations under SS 590. We provide SS 590 certification services for organisations across food and beverage industries in Singapore. It can be implemented by any organisation that is directly or indirectly part of the food chain. Whether you are an existing food producing, processing, preserving, retail or wholesaling  organisation or are setting up a new one, we can offer you SS 590 certification.

Our experts hold the necessary accreditations to satisfy local requirements in Singapore for SS 590 auditing exercises. In addition, our auditors are required to follow a strict code of conduct that ensures complete independence and impartiality. Apart from offering comprehensive evaluations and reports, we can provide you with our TÜV SÜD certification mark, which is globally recognised and synonymous with quality and safety.


TÜV SÜD has more than 15 years of experience in food and feed management system certification, and was one of the first certification bodies acting in this field. Licensed by the BRC as an approved Certification Body (CB) to audit against the relevant BRC Global Standards, TÜV SÜD consistently achieves a five-star rating - the highest possible. 

A CB accredited by SAC for SS 590, TÜV SÜD PSB ensures that we understand your food business and customer requirements. Our SS 590 certification mark equips your organisation with a powerful and recognisable demonstration of your commitment to food safety and quality.

TÜV SÜD’s global network of auditors provides the assurance that a formalised and structured approach to attaining certification is applied without bias, ensuring that audit approaches are consistent, regardless of the product or country of production. With in-depth experience in food testing, inspection, auditing and certification, TÜV SÜD is globally recognised as a trusted brand throughout the food industry value chain.

The SS 590 Certification is covered under the Sustainability-as-a-Service (SaaS) Programme, with 70% of qualified costs supported by Enterprise Singapore, as part of the Enterprise Sustainability Programme. Click here to learn more.


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is SS 590 certification, and why is it essential for food safety?

    SS 590 certification, a Singapore standard, indicates that a food business’ Food Safety Management System (FSMS) meets strict requirements. It showcases a business’ dedication to preventing foodborne illness and delivering safe, high-quality food. Compliance enhances your brand reputation, consumer trust, and access to new markets.


  • How does the SS 590 auditing process work, and what are the key evaluation criteria?

    TÜV SÜD’s auditors assess your FSMS against the SS 590 standard. SS 590 food safety certification process includes document review, onsite observations, and interviews. Key areas evaluated are:

    • HACCP implementation: Hazard analysis and critical control point identification
    • Prerequisite programs: Good hygiene practices, sanitation, pest control, etc.
    • Management commitment: Leadership support and involvement in food safety
    • Continuous improvement: Regular system review and update


  • What support does TÜV SÜD in Singapore offer during and after the SS 590 certification process?

    TÜV SÜD supports your organisation throughout the SS 590 food safety certification journey, including the following steps:

    • Gap analysis: Identifying areas needing improvement before the audit
    • Pre-audit support: Preparation for a smooth auditing process
    • Post-certification support: Ongoing support on maintaining compliance and renewal of certification


  • How does TÜV SÜD ensure excellence in SS 590 certification?

    As a global leader in certification, TÜV SÜD offers:

    • Expert auditors with a deep understanding of SS 590 and food safety best practices
    • Objective assessment and thorough audits based on the standard
    • A globally recognised certification that symbolises your commitment to food safety
    • Dedicated support for your success throughout the process

    Choose TÜV SÜD for your SS 590 certification requirements and ensure food safety in your processes and for your consumers.



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