Are FSSC 22000 certified companies ready for FSMA? Are they meeting the FSMA requirements through their FSSC 22000 implementation?
Many companies around the world have been motivated to implement a GFSI Certification Scheme as part of their preparation for FSMA. A common question is whether an FSSC 22000 certified company meets the FSMA requirements.
An initial comparison between FSMA and FSSC 22000 has been completed by the Acheson Group. FSSC 22000 provides a summary of the report as well as a FREE DOWNLOADABLE PDF: Comparison of FSSC 22000 against the Preventive Controls for Human Food (Final Rule) containing the complete report
FSSC 22000 reports that
“…the comparison showed that there are no gaps in the elements required for FSSC 22000 certification when compared with the requirements of the final PC rule.
The analysis which is published as the Comparison of FSSC 22000 against the Preventive Controls for Human Food (Final Rule) suggests that “…FSSC 22000 as the owner of the scheme should be very proud of how it compares with the PC rule” and ”…where FSSC 22000 is not exceeding, the scheme requirements are in very large measure comparable to those of the Final Rule” TAG: April 2016.
The report which provides evidence of the alignment between FSSC 22000 and the PC rule, is the first of many that will be produced to help FSSC 22000 certified food manufacturers and processors meet the requirements of FSMA and support the FDA as they focus their implementation efforts on gaining voluntary FSMA compliance.”
“In the absence of the identification of any gaps between FSSC 22000 and the PC Rule, FSSC 22000 will continue to evaluate and monitor this alignment in practice and will conduct similar analyses on the remaining published rules. It is anticipated that this report may be used as supporting evidence of the alignment between FSSC 22000 and FSMA so that companies achieving FSSC 22000 certification can be confident that they are meeting the requirements of the forthcoming legislation.”