FSSC Releases FSSC 22000 Version 6


FSSC Releases FSSC 22000 Version 6

Mar. 31 2023

FSSC 22000 is an internationally recognized certification scheme which ensures the safety and quality of food products. The latest version, FSSC 22000, version 6, was published at the beginning of April 2023. There is a 12-month transition period between April 1st 2023 and March 31st 2024. The new version of the standard brings significant changes impacting food production companies and the certification process by integrating requirements of ISO22003-1: 2022 and Strengthens the requirements to support organizations in their contributions to meeting the UNs’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

What are the keys changes?

  • Realignment of the Food Chain Categories

FSSC 22000 V6 introduces changes to food chain categories according to ISO22003-1:2022 FSSC 22000 V6 adds two new categories; BIII - the pre-process handling of plant products, and C0 - which focuses on animal primary conversion. The pet food production categories have been removed and Pet food is now covered in categories C & D. Transport has been merged in one category G. Finally, Trading and broking is also added in category FII. As a result, some organizations will change towards a different food safety category.

  • FSSC 22000 additional requirements

The additional requirements in version 6 include more detailed clauses on; Integration of the requirements on food safety and quality culture but also validation/verification of packaging claims, criteria for using recycled materials, more detailed allergen management, environmental monitoring, quality control, purchase and installation of new equipment and handling of food loss and waste.

  • Audit duration

Due to changes in the accreditation document ISO22003-1: 2022 and the additional requirements, the audit time for FSSC 22000 audits will need to be revised. For many organizations, the audit time will increase.

Once an organisation is certified, they will be presented with their certificate. The certificate will have a QR code printed on it.