FSSC 22000 Certification

  • Overview
  • Benefits of Certification
  • Why Work With NSF?
  • FSSC 22000/PAS 223 for Packaging
  • Certification Process

Food Safety System Certification 22000 (FSSC 22000) is a complete GFSI recognized food safety certification system for food manufacturers, based on the ISO 22000 and PAS 220 standards. NSF is accredited to provide this certification under ISO 17021.

FSSC 22000 was developed to certify food safety systems of companies in the food chain that process or manufacture animal products, perishable vegetable products, products with a long shelf life and other food ingredients like additives, vitamins and bio-cultures.

Call +1 877.893.1325 or email foodsafetysolutions@nsf.org to begin your FSSC certification with NSF International.

Benefits of Certification

GFSI certification increases brand protection and minimizes risk. Achieving NSF certification to FSSC 22000 provides independent certification that a product or process complies with specific international standards. It enables a food supplier to give assurances that food has been produced, prepared and handled according to the most recognized standards. It also demonstrates a commitment to quality processes and continual improvement, and enables access to top retailers.

Why Work With NSF?

NSF International is the leading global certifier to GFSI benchmarked standards, with exceptional technical expertise, consistently calibrated auditors and capacity for a timely path to certification. Backed by nearly 70 years of food safety expertise and a current average of 35,000 GFSI certification audits performed annually, we enable companies around the globe to demonstrate compliance with the most recognized food safety standards in the world.

NSF is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), and has a worldwide network of highly skilled and experienced auditors to help organizations of all sizes implement complex food safety solutions.

FSSC 22000/PAS 223 for Packaging

To help ensure food safety at all levels of the supply chain, many food producers are now requiring their packaging suppliers to implement a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) program, and be certified to GFSI benchmarked standards such as FSSC 22000/PAS 223.

Packaging and packaging material manufacturers can now certify to FSSC 20000 following the recent publication of the PAS 223 – Prerequisite programmes and design requirements for food safety in the manufacture and provision of food packaging. If you are already certified to ISO 22000 and PAS 223, upgrading to FSSC 22000 certification is a simple process.

Scheme requirements focus primarily on documentation and food safety management processes to verify that food safety programs are continuously implemented as described in written procedures.

If you manufacture materials or packaging for the food industry, now is the time to talk with us about food safety certification to GFSI benchmarked standards.

Certification Process

Certification to FSSC generally takes an average of six to nine months, depending on a facility’s level of readiness before undertaking GFSI. The process follows nine basic steps:

  1. You apply to NSF for certification.
  2. We identify your training needs/you receive training.
  3. You perform a self-assessment of compliance with the standard.
  4. We perform an optional pre-assessment (gap analysis).
  5. We perform a desk audit.
  6. We perform an onsite certification audit and identify corrective actions.
  7. Your facility addresses the corrective actions.
  8. We verify/approve corrective actions.
  9. We issue the certificate.

FSSC 22000 certification is valid for three years, but certified companies must undergo an annual surveillance audit to maintain certification.

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