Fssc 22000 food safety system certification


Food safety has for decades been a primary focus for globally active organisations such as the United Nations, the World Health Organisation (WHO), national governments, NGOs, interest groups and the food industry. This focus has traditionally been driven by the importance of food safety for public health, and its impact on international trade. 

Over the years, the legal framework for food safety in the Netherlands and at European and global level has been further tightened. Since 2004, every organisation in the food industry in the European Union has had to implement the criteria of the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) food safety system as an operational foundation for food safety and hygiene. 

FSSC 22000 

In 2009, the FSSC 22000 food safety management system standard was introduced with the aim of achieving wider international recognition for ISO 22000. This set-up succeeded through the recognition in 2010 by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), an international advocacy organisation for the promotion of food safety and harmonisation of testing. 

In 2017, the current standard version 4.1 came into force. Version 5, which will take effect from 2020, is a further development based on new insights into food safety and hygiene and the application of an integrated, operational approach to risks based on the generic High Level Structure (HLS) of management system standards. 


FSSC 22000 is considered one of the replacement standards of the HACCP certification standard that is being phased out and will cease to exist by 2021. In general, the standard offers an integrated approach to risk management in the field of food safety, and consists of the requirements of ISO 22000, requirements from industry or sector-specific basic conditions, and additional requirements of the GFSI. 

SCOPE - FSSC 22000 

The FSSC 22000 standard, just as ISO 22000, applies to all organisations directly or indirectly involved in food safety in all links of the food chain, such as food producers, retailers and the food packaging industry. According to FSSC 22000, the Food Safety Management System (FSMS) can be applied to any type of organisation within the food chain, both in the Netherlands and internationally, regardless of the size, number of employees or the nature of the (primary) business activities. 


What does this certification process look like? The FSSC 22000 certification process follows the pattern of other generic management system standards. This pattern is based on an implementation methodology in a fixed cycle of 3 years. After a preliminary and review investigation, also called Phase 1 and Phase 2 audit or certification audit , the certified organisation is subject to annual interim audits. Thus, we can determine whether the standard requirements are still being met.  These audits are called surveillance audits. At the end of the cycle, the certified organisation can start a new cycle of 3 years, again starting with a certification audit. 

Would you like to receive more detailed information about this certification in practice? Take a look at our brochure Het Certificatieproces (The Certification Process).  


Organizations can use the FSSC 22000 standard as a stand-alone management system, but combinations with other management system standards are also possible, such as with ISO 9001 (quality), FSSC 22000 Q (quality module), ISO 14001 (environment) or ISO 45001 (healthy & safe working) and other specific standards in the field of food safety and hygiene. 


Organisaties kunnen de norm FSSC 22000 inzetten als volwaardig managementsysteem, maar combinaties met andere managementsysteemnormen zijn ook mogelijk, zoals met ISO 9001 (kwaliteit), FSSC 22000 Q (kwaliteitsmodule), ISO 14001 (milieu) of ISO 45001 (gezond & veilig werken) en andere specifieke normen op het gebied van voedselveiligheid en hygiëne.

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