GFSI recognised safety scheme for the food chain
The FSSC 22000 certification scheme meets the requirements of the international food sector for an independent ISO-based food safety scheme. The Food Safety Management Systems cover the processing, manufacture and handling of a wide range of foods. Since the first version of the FSSC 22000 Scheme was published in 2009, more than 16,000 sites have been certified.
According to the FSSC 22000 certification scheme, organisations are certified upon completion of a satisfactory FSSC 22000 audit. Companies that are already certified against ISO 22000, a GFSI recognised scheme, or the Dutch HACCP will only need a transition audit to meet FSSC 22000.
The three-year audit cycle includes two surveillance audits, of which one must be unannounced, while the initial and re-certification audits are always announced.
The audit process includes a site inspection, as well as an assessment of HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points) systems, prerequisite programmes, and relevant documentation and processes. TÜV SÜD’s auditors will also interview operators and responsible persons within the company in order to assess food safety knowledge.