FSSC 22000 Certification Mark

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Food Safety Management System / Voluntary assessment

Certification standard:

International standard ISO 22000 (requirements for a food safety management system), industry-specific standards for prerequisite programmes (ISO 22002-X series of standards, additional FSSC 22000 requirements)

Standard owner:

Foundation for FSSC

Headquarters: Netherlands

Status: non-profit organisation

What does the FSSC 22000 standard cover?

The FSSC 22000 standard is recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative and defines the requirements for a certifiable food safety management system (FSMS). The organisation fulfils the requirements of the applicable laws and standards (ISO 22000, prerequisite programmes of the ISO/TS 22002-X series of standards and additional FSSC 22000 requirements) as well as customer requirements. These requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Implementation of a food safety management system (FSMS), taking into account the context of the organisation and the expectations of interested parties
  • Management, roles, responsibilities and authorities in the organisation as well as implementation of the food safety policy and objectives
  • Actions to address risks and opportunities
  • Planning of changes
  • Provision of the necessary resources (people, infrastructure, work environment)
  • Employee competence and awareness, internal and external communications
  • Operational planning and control
  • Prerequisite programmes in accordance with the industry-specific ISO/TS 22002-X standard
  • Traceability system
  • Emergency preparedness & response
  • Risk analysis, validation of control measures and emergency response plan (HACCP / OPRP plan)
  • Control of monitoring and measurement, verifications
  • Corrections and corrective actions
  • Handling of unsafe products, withdrawal and recall
  • Evaluation of food safety management system performance
  • Internal audit, management review, improvement, updating


The FSSC 22000 integrity policy defines measures for monitoring and control by certification bodies and certified companies.

  • What does “certification” and/or the issue of a FSSC 22000 certification mark by TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH mean?
    • The customer has submitted to voluntary assessment (audit) in accordance with defined criteria (certification standard).
    • A certificate and/or the authorisation to use a certification mark are only issued if the assessment (audit) does not reveal any major non-conformities with the requirements of the relevant standard.
    • Certificates and/or certification marks are valid for a limited period of time. Interested parties can check the validity of individual certificates in the certificate database of TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH or the standard owner (www.fssc22000.com).
    • To maintain certificate validity, the certificate holder must complete annual assessment (audit) with positive result. At least one assessment (audit) within three years will be unannounced.
    • Additional unannounced audits for specific reasons are possible.
    • According to the standard owner's requirements, communication of certification in accordance with FSSC 22000 is restricted to B2B communication. Communication to consumers is not permitted.
  • How is the audit performed?
    • Document review
      Review of documentation such as documented procedures, work instructions and test standards
      o Inspection of formulations and specifications
      o Assessment of food labelling
      o Specific traceability tests
      o Assessment of analysis results 
      o Inspection of training programmes and records


    • On-site audit
      On-site inspection of all areas of the organisation
      o Evaluation of infrastructure and workspaces
      o Evaluation of operational and personal hygiene
      o Evaluation of the control of critical parameters and processes (emergency response, CCPs and OPRPs)
      o Review of the traceability of raw materials, products and packaging materials
      o Interviews of employees at the organisation
      o Comparison of documentation and actual workflows

  • What is beyond the scope of certification in accordance with the FSSC 22000 standard?
    • This certification does not constitute product certification. Certification thus does not provide any direct statements on the quality of a product or service of the certified customer. Certification in accordance with FSSC 22000 does not mean that the company manufactures products or provides services of higher quality.
    • Certification in accordance with FSSC 22000 does not ensure in each specific case that a product or service complies with customer requirements, even though this is one of the key objectives of the Food Safety Management System recognised by the Global Safety Initiative.



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