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Foundation Food Safety System

(FSSC 22000)


The Foundation Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000) offers a complete certification Scheme for the auditing and certification of Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) or FSMS and Quality Management Systems (FSSC 22000-Quality).
FSSC 22000 is based on the widely recognized Food Management System Standard ISO 22000, the industry relevant Pre-Requisite Program (PRP) and FSSC defined additional requirements.
It specifically targets the food, feed and packaging manufacturing sector as well as the storage and distribution, catering and retail/wholesale sectors.

FSSC 22000 Overview

  • Incorporates existing standards; ISO 22000 including HACCP, sector-specific PRPs, and additional FSSC requirements (personnel, supplied materials, food defense, food fraud prevention, allergen management and food labelling)
  • Complete the certification program in one package, making it accessible for organizations of all sizes
  • Owned by an independent non-profit organization; fully approved and recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)


  • Recognition for your commitment:

    gain recognition for food safety continuous improvement of the food safety system and its performance

  • Audit fatigue reduction:

    as FSSC 22000 is ISO-based, it also allows the scheme to be integrated with other ISO standards through integrated audits that will help to reduce the number of audits

  • Increase customer confidence:

    FSSC 22000 is GFSI benchmarked, recognized and accepted by the largest brands and retailers enhancing your reputation, giving your customers confidence in your production and supply chain management system.

  • Consider FSSC-Q:

    this combines the requirements of FSSC with the requirements of ISO 9001:2015 into one overall management system audit

Upgrading your ISO 22000 Certification for better recognition

As a food company that is already certified to ISO 22000, you can make a smooth transition to FSSC 22000 to gain GFSI recognition to be accepted by most of the largest brands and retailers. The transition to FSSC 22000 can be made by implementing the additional requirements set by the FSSC and the PRP standard relevant to your industry. The transition can be made at any audit in your three-year cycle and will result in a new FSSC certificate.

FSSC Development Program

In the expanding global food Industry, small and medium-sized organizations (SMEs) play a significant role in the food supply chain. To support these organizations in the supply of safe food Global Market audit programs have been initiated in 2011 through an effective food safety management systems through a systematic continuous improvement process.

In 2020, FSSC has issued a second version of their Global Market audit program FSSC Development Program.

The FSSC Development Program provides a two-level approach to support SMEs in producing safe food. It is aligned with CODEX HACCP, GFSI Global Markets and fits into the FSSC 22000 structure. As such, the Program is especially suitable for SMEs who want to meet the food safety requirements of their clients or have the ambition to enlarge their market access. Organizations that conform with the FSSC Development Program requirements have the added benefit of being listed in the public register on the FSSC website.

Which organizations can use the program?

The FSSC Development Program is applicable to smaller and medium-sized manufacturers of food products and food ingredients. Both manufacturers of ingredients that supply to other food manufacturers and those that supply to retailers and food service organizations can benefit from the FSSC Development Program, such as:

  • artisan food manufacturers and “start-ups”
  • food product and food ingredient manufacturers in emerging markets
  • developers of novel foods and ingredients
  • manufacturers of food products for delivery to restaurants and retail

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