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FSSC 22000: Food Safety

Demonstrate your commitment to food safety with FSSC 22000 certification

Food Safety Challenge

Due to increasing demand and pressure from consumers, retailers are now requesting their suppliers be able to demonstrate compliance with a recognized Food Safety standard. Standards have emerged over the past several years, some privately owned by suppliers or associations. 

However, the result was that each manufacturer was audited and certified against a multitude of Food Safety standards, causing confusion for both the manufacturer and consumer. 

The Foundation for Food Safety Certification combined ISO 22000 and PAS 220 has issued FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification), which has been benchmarked and approved by GFSI and is at the same level as the other GFSI approved standards (BRC, IFS, SQF) and might even replace them.

What is FSSC 22000?

FSSC 22000 is a certification scheme for food manufacturers and is owned by the Foundation of Food Safety Certification

It includes the following requirements: 

  • Food Safety Management System, in accordance with ISO 22000:2005 

  • Pre-requisite Programs, as stipulated by BSI-PAS 220:2008 

  • Additional requirements: Inventory of applicable regulation; Specifications for services and Supervision of personnel in application of food safety principles


Why Choose Bureau Veritas?

Food Expertise 

Bureau Veritas Certification can help every player in the food supply chain to meet the highest standards of Quality, Health & Safety and Environmental compliance. Our auditors and inspectors are dedicated to specific sectors, they are able to assess your processes and deliver a high quality service. 


Bureau Veritas Certification signed an agreement with the Foundation of Food Safety Certification and is now one of the associated certification bodies. 

Additionally, Bureau Veritas Certification is part of the ISO technical committee, TC34/SC17 (Management Systems for Food safety) and was the first international certification body worldwide to obtain ISO 22000 accreditation from DANAK. We are also accredited worldwide by UKAS, the international accreditation body


We operate in more than 100 countries. This global presence means that our clients receive the double advantage of international expertise combined with a genuine depth of local knowledge (language, culture, laws, customs, etc.) ensuring a high quality audit. 

Mark of Global recognition 

The Bureau Veritas Certification Mark is a globally recognized symbol of your organization’s ongoing commitment to excellence, sustainability and reliability.

FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does FSSC 22000 apply to all “players” in the food chain?

    The FSSC 22000 scheme is only applicable for those companies who manufacture products as detailed in the scheme.

  • If I have already been certified to ISO 9001, should I replace it with FSSC 22000?

    No. FSSC 22000 should be seen as a necessary complement to ISO 9001, not just as a stand-alone standard. When combined, the resulting system will deliver excellence in food manufacturing & supply.

  • If I am already certified to other standards, what steps will be necessary for FSSC 22000 compliance?

    If your company is already certified in compliance with the British Retail Consortium (BRC) or the International Featured Standard (IFS), you will need a commitment from top management, a documented HACCP analysis and a review of in-house and external communication system. 

    If your organisation is already certified against ISO 22000, then you have to implement the pre-requisites programme, in accordance with PAS 220 requisites, and some extra work must be done in order to include the scheme’s extra requirements.

  • Should I train internal auditors on the FSSC 22000 scheme?

    The FSSC 22000 scheme requires that competent auditors perform internal audits

    Bureau Veritas Certification offers ISO 22000 IRCA registered training sessions lasting 3 to 5 days, which can be arranged in-house.

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