LRQA is a market leader in FSSC 22000 certification. Working with the world’s largest and most complex food manufacturers as well as smaller producers and farmers with specific needs, we have built an unparalleled understanding of the sector.
FSSC 22000 V6 was published at the beginning of April 2023 and includes several updates and changes to the standard. There will be a larger focus on food fraud prevention as well as various changes to the requirements for food allergens, environmental monitoring, and food defence. Find out more about the revisions.
Recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), FSSC 22000 V6 represents a comprehensive approach to food safety risk management throughout the food supply chain. FSSC 22000 V6 takes into consideration the GFSI scheme updates, in addition to strengthening requirements for CB performance as part of continuous improvement.
The standard covers food and feed safety management systems as well as transportation and on-site storage where relevant.
Our FSSC 22000 Services
Our auditors are well-versed in assessing against globally recognised GFSI standard, FSSC 22000, ensuring that your systems align with the latest requirements and guidelines to minimise risks and enhance overall efficiency in food safety.
Expand your knowledge of FSSC 22000 with our range of courses that have been designed for varying levels of experience and learning styles.
An optional service where one of our expert auditors helps you identify any weak areas or non-conformities prior to your formal FSSC 22000 audit.
An independent two-phase approach that provides a clear statement of your capabilities. Accredited certification helps you build trust with stakeholders and win new business.
Why work with us?
Our highly skilled auditors are everywhere you are. Our global footprint means we can deliver a local service with the same dedication to quality and excellence.
In most cases, our FSSC 22000 training and certification services can be delivered on-site or remotely depending on your preferred learning style.
We have world-leading food safety experts on hand to help you achieve your goals. With a specialisation in globally recognised GFSI standards, they have actively contributed to the creation of various food safety standards.
What is FSSC 22000?
FSSC 22000 is a food safety management system certification scheme that is based on the ISO 22000 standard and includes additional requirements for the prerequisite programs of the food industry. FSSC 22000 provides a framework for effectively managing food safety hazards, ensuring regulatory compliance and improving efficiency within the entire food supply chain.
What is new with FSSC 22000 version 6?
FSSC 22000 Version 6 (V6) incorporates new vital requirements for organisations looking to embed a food safety culture and conform to globally recognised standards.
The latest update incorporates the requirements of ISO 22003-1:2022 and strengthened requirements to support organisations in their contributions to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The revisions also include an updated focus on editorial changes and amendments as part of continuous improvement. The publication of FSSC 22000 V6 will be at the beginning of April 2023.
Transferring to FSSC 22000 version 6
Between 1st April 2023 and 31st March 2024, there will be a 12-month implementation period to allow users of the standard to review their systems and build in the new requirements. After 31st March 2024, no audits against FSSC 22000 V5.1 will be conducted.
New to the FSSC 22000 Standard?
For those who are new to the standard entirely and have never been audited before, the version they will be audited against is dependent on when the audit takes place. Contact us for more information. Contact us to find out more.
What are the benefits of FSSC 22000?
The benefits of FSSC 22000 are:
FSSC 22000 certification improves your ability to work with the many organisations for whom FSSC 22000 is a contractual obligation.
FSSC 22000 enhances your reputation, giving your customers confidence in your production and supply chain management system.
Many retailers, manufacturers, ingredients companies, food service organisations and raw material processors specify FSSC 22000 as part of their supplier approval process.
How long does FSSC 22000 certification last?
Once approved, certification is valid for three years subject to effective system maintenance demonstrated through 12 monthly audits.
How much does FSSC 22000 certification cost?
The cost of FSSC 22000 certification varies depending on multiple factors such as the size of the organisation, the organisation structure, and the scope of the certification. To request a quote based on your specific needs contact us here.
What is the typical FSSC 22000 certification process?
The path your organisation takes to achieve FSSC 22000 certification depends on
your business’s size, maturity, and existing approach to managing risk, amongst other
factors. But the standard process to becoming FSSC certified includes three main steps.
Your organisation can request a voluntary FSSC 22000 pre-audit as preparation for the initial FSSC 22000 certification audit. When your organisation is ready, request the initial certification audit. The auditor will go on-site to review your food safety and quality systems, products and production processes in line with FSSC 22000 requirements. The auditor will issue an action plan listing all the findings and your company will have to complete it detailing the implemented corrections, root cause and the corrective action plans. The report and action plan released by the auditor is the subject of an independent technical review. Based on the result of the technical review, the certificate issuance is recommended or not.
Does GFSI recognise FSSC 22000?
Yes, FSSC 22000 is recognised by the GFSI. Organisations certified with FSSC 22000 can be recognised worldwide by manufacturers, retailers and other food service organisations as having a food management system which meets international standards. Furthermore, organisations certified to FSSC 22000 may be eligible to participate in other GFSI-recognised schemes such as SQF and BRCGS.
What is the difference between ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000?
ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 are both international standards, designed to provide a food safety management system (FSMS). However, FSSC 22000 is recognised by GFSI. If your customers require you to be certified to a GFSI-recognised standard, then FSSC 22000 could be the most suitable for your organization because, in addition to GFSI, the scheme also uses ISO 22000 as the requirement for the management system.
If you hold a valid accredited certificate of approval with another provider and you are considering making the move, transferring your FSSC 22000 certification to LRQA is simple. We'll work with you to ensure your transfer is as smooth as possible.