fssc 22000 V 5.1 food


FSSC 22000 releases a new version 5.1

Nov. 5 2020

The Foundation FSSC 22000 published a new version (V5) of the certification scheme on the 3rd of June 2019. The foundation has issued an update of the version (V5.1) on the 3rd of November 2020 that will become mandatory on April 1st, 2021. 

Key changes of GFSI 2020 include requirements specific to multi-site certification, product design & development, and food safety culture. The FSSC Scheme has therefore been updated to ensure compliance with these changes and match the latest GFSI benchmarking requirements.


FSSC has published a version of the scheme in which all changes compared with Version 5 are highlighted in red. This document is available here.

The major updates are:
  • Management of services also covers the management of purchased materials. For food chain categories C, D, I, G and K, there is now a requirement to have a documented procedure for procurement in emergency situations. They are also required to maintain a review process for product specifications, in order to ensure continued compliance with food safety, legal and customer requirements.
  • Additional provision for unlabeled products
  • Storage and Warehousing (All Food Chain Categories)
  • Hazard Control and Measures for Preventing Cross-Contamination (Food Chain Categories C & I)
  • Site inspections/PRP checks to verify that the production environment and processing equipment are maintained in a suitable condition (Food Chain Categories C, D, G, I & K)
  • Product Design & Development procedure shall be established, implemented and maintained for new products (Food Chain Categories C, D, E, F, G, I & K)
  • Health Status (Food Chain Category D)
  • Internal audit requirements for Organizations with Multi-Site Certifications (Food Chain Categories A, E, FI & G)


The new version was published on November 3, 2020. The revision will become mandatory on April 1, 2021. By March 31, 2022, all sites must have had their audit against version 5.1.