FSSC 22000 publishes Scheme Version 5

The Foundation FSSC is proud to announce its newly developed Version 5 of the FSSC 22000 certification Scheme. This new edition incorporates all the improvements included in the new ISO 22000 standard which has been published in June 2018.

Another major change in the Scheme is the addition of a separate part containing requirements tailored to Training Organizations. This new Scheme part is intended to improve transparency on the expectations for FSSC 22000 licensed Training Organizations.

“The adoption of the new ISO 22000 high level structure in Version 5 provides a great opportunity for organizations to enable the integration of their food safety management system with other management systems such as ISO 9001 for quality management. Along with a focus on operational risks, there is now additional consideration for organizational risks and opportunities which enable more sustainable and consistent business practices for all stakeholders along the food supply chain.”
Sally Elsherif, QA Director Operations (Metro) and member of the FSSC Board of Stakeholders

All Scheme parts are now compiled into one document to improve the readability. The mandatory Annexes are made available through a set of separate documents.

The Scheme Version 5 has been developed in close cooperation with key stakeholders such as representatives from Certification Bodies, Accreditation Bodies, Training Organizations and representatives from the food industry itself. The development of the project was managed by the FSSC team and guided by the FSSC 22000 Advisory Committee and Board of Stakeholders which have determined that all certified organizations shall be audited against Version 5 between 1 January and 31 December 2020.

The Scheme is now available in English, but translations can be expected in Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Portuguese in September 2019.

“The development of this new version of the Scheme has been a tremendous effort started in September 2018 which involved various rounds of consultation with our Advisory Committee and Board of Stakeholders. On behalf of the Foundation’s Management Board, I would like to express my appreciation for the commitment of all stakeholders involved in this process that have provided constructive feedback to ensure the Scheme has been brought to the next level.”
Aldin Hilbrands, Technical Director (FSSC 22000) and Chair of the FSSC Advisory Committee

About FSSC 22000

The FSSC 22000 offers a complete certification Scheme for the auditing and certification of Food Safety and/or Quality Management Systems. The Scheme makes use of international and independent standards such as ISO 22000, ISO 9001, ISO/TS 22003 and technical specifications for sector specific Pre-Requisite Programs (PRPs), such as ISO/TS 22002-1, which were developed through a wide and open consultation with a large number of international stakeholders. Besides these standards, the Scheme contains so-called FSSC 22000 Additional Requirements which can be found in the FSSC 22000 Scheme documents. The Scheme documents are available for free from the FSSC website.