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ISO 22000

ISO 22000 Certification

Worldwide there is a trend towards 3rd party certification for food safety management systems. ISO 22000 is a set pf requirements for a food safety management system (FSMS), developed to fill the need for a worldwide food safety standard.

There have been many food safety standards in use, but the standards were not equivalent. It was hard to know what each certification really meant. Two improvements have taken place in recent years.

  1. ISO 22000 was developed following the well tested and accepted ISO Management Systems Model, leading to worldwide acceptance of ISO 22000 Certifications, and
  2. The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has benchmarked and recognized specific certification schemes. This is important because major retailers worldwide have agreed to reduce duplication in the supply chain through the common acceptance of any of the GFSI benchmarked schemes.

If your customers have asked for a GFSI recognized certification, you will need to use FSSC 22000. ISO 22000 is not recognized. This is because GFSI determined that the prerequisite programs requirements were not specific enough. To address this concern the FSSC 22000 scheme was developed based on ISO 22000 but with an additional document for specific prerequisite program requirements. This document, ISO/TS 22002-1 is used along with ISO 22000 to make up the FSSC 22000 certification scheme.

Because the prerequisite requirements in ISO 22000 are not specific to food manufacturing the scope of the standard is more broad. It can be applied to any stage of the supply chain. FSSC 22000 is more limited in scope. When ISO/TS 22002-1 is used, the certification is applicable to food processors/manufactures. If the PAS 223 is used the certification applies to food packaging manufacturers. The FSSC scope will continue to expand as new prerequisite program specifications are developed for different industry sectors. ISO 22000 contains the requirements for the management system, and it applies in both the ISO 22000 certifications and FSSC 22000 certifications.