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Before the Registration Audit

Use and Improve your FSSC 22000 System.

Once you complete the design and implementation of the FSSC 22000 System, the next step in your project is to use and improve the system.

  1. Follow documented procedures and work instructions
    Everyone in your organization should be performing processes following your documented procedures and work instructions, complying with the documented requirements.
  2. Make improvements to the processes
    Many of these procedures may be new to your organization, or have changed significantly during your FSSC project. Now that they are actually in use, you will most likely find areas that can be improved. Make improvements using the Corrective Action process and the document revision process.
  3. Conduct Internal Audits
    Schedule internal audits to cover all areas of the organization before your Registration Audit. Train your Internal Auditors. Make sure you schedule at least one internal audit before your registration audit (we recommend 2 or more). Allow time to take corrective action on any findings. A robust and effective internal audit program is one of the best tools to finding and correcting shortcomings in the FSSC System before your Certification Audit.
  4. Hold frequent Management Review meetings
    Management Review is another key factor in getting the new FSMS ready for a Certification Audit. Review information from Internal Audits, Corrective Action and results of verification activities. Initiate corrective actions to fix problems and make improvements to the FSSC System.
  5. Keep records
    During the Certification Audit, the auditor will be looking for evidence that you are complying with the requirements of FSSC Standard and of your own FSSC Procedures and work instructions. This evidence is in the form of records that you generate as you run your FSSC System. Be sure that you are following all of the records requirements that you set up in the system. Run your system for several months before your Certification Audit so there are sufficient records for the auditor to evaluate.