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FSSC 22000

Food safety management system according to FSSC 22000


In 2012 GFSI (The Global Food Safety Initiative) Association approved FSSC 22000 scheme (Press release GFSI - 23rd February 2010 - Paris, France) as equivalent alternative to existing IFS or BRC schemes. GFSI is worldwide association of multiple stores, producers and service providers in food industry associating significant companies such as METRO GROUP, CARREFOUR, ROYAL AHOLD, DANONE, COCA-COLA, KRAFT FOODS etc.

FSSC 22000 scheme is based on international standard ISO 22000, which ensures high international acceptance and extension movements of certification on worldwide basis.


According to the FSSC 22000 scheme, the following can be certified:


a) food manufacturers –FSSC 22000 scheme (production) consists of: ISO 22000 + ISO/TS 22002-1

b) food packaging manufacturers –FSSC 22000 scheme (packaging) consists of: ISO 22000 + ISO/TS 22002-4

c) retail and wholesale with food (supermarkets, hypermarkets, grocery stores, bakeries, butchers, ...) –FSSC 22000 scheme (retail) consists of: ISO 22000 + BSI/PAS 221

d) food transport and storage services providers –FSSC 22000 scheme (logistics) consists of: ISO 22000 + NEN/NTA 8069

d) catering services providers –FSSC 22000 scheme (catering) consists of: ISO 22000 + ISO/TS 22002-2


Compared to IFS or BRC schemes FSSC 22000 has following advantages:

  • Lower fees to scheme owner, which are transferred in the certification price
  • Validity of the certificate is 3 years
  • Easy implementation for ISO certificates holders (common requirements)
  • There are no K.O. requirements
  • Compatibility with other ISO standards (e.g. ISO 9001, ISO 14001) and therefore possibility to conduct audits together
  • Higher international acceptance – international network of national accreditation bodies is used for certification bodies accreditation


FSSC 22000 certificates are also accepted by multiple stores and large producers in Slovakia.

QSCert belongs to the first certification bodies in the world, which obtained licence for certification of the scheme. We would like to offer you our services for favourable prices.

A certified organization is qualified to use a certification mark for certified scopes. Rules for usage of the QSCERT certification mark



                                  FSSC 22000


 EXAMPLE: Certificate  FSSC 22000               Certification mark ISO/IEC 22000


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Change of food safety management system FSSC 22000 scheme to ver. 5

FSSC 22000 scheme ver. 5 which replaces FSSC ver. 4.1 was issued in May 2019. Changed scheme includes ISO 22000:2018 and FSSC 22000 Scheme version 5 / May 2019. Since 01.01.2020 QSCert conducts certification, recertification and surveillance audits just according to FSSC 22000 ver.5.

Certified organizations should adopt their food safety management system according to FSSC 22000 ver.5 requirements.

New scheme brings changes related mainly to revision of ISO 22000 to version ISO 22000:2018:

  • understanding the needs and expectations of interested parties
  • enhanced focus on leadership and management responsibility
  • risks and opportunities control
  • changes in planning and operational control
  • changes in emergency preparedness control
  • changes in hazards control
  • changes in PRPs´ verification and hazard control plans
  • extended requirements for monitoring, measurement, analysis and evaluation
  • extended requirements for nonconformities´ and corrective actions´ control

PRP´s technical specifications for individual subcategories (ISO/TS 22002-1, ISO/TS 22002-4) remain without change.

There are only little changes in FSSC 22000 additional requirements from FSSC 22000 Scheme version 5 document/ May 2019. Part 2: Requirements for organisation to be audited, bod 2.5 FSSC 22000 Additional Requirements.


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