Raising the bar
GFSI published its latest Benchmarking Requirements (version 2020.1) at the GFSI conference held in Seattle this year. Key changes include requirements specific to multi-site certification, product design & development, and food safety culture. The Scheme has, therefore, been updated to ensure compliance with these changes.
The GFSI food safety culture requirements specify elements related to employee communication, training, and performance measurement. Since the ISO 22000:2018 standard already covered these topics, the Foundation has released a guidance document to demonstrate how these food safety culture requirements are being met.
In addition, the Foundation has also raised the bar concerning the performance of new and existing CBs. It results in strengthening the Integrity Program requirements for licensing and ongoing performance of Certification Bodies (CBs) to ensure the Foundation will only work with committed partners. Both initiatives will be managed and implemented under the Foundation’s Integrity Program.
“The Scheme has shown steady growth over the last decade, which has resulted in global coverage. This tipping point has accelerated the focus on certification integrity to protect the reputation of the growing FSSC brand. Working closely with licensed CBs that have demonstrated commitment to raising the bar is a logical result of this.”Aldin Hilbrands, Technical Director
We believe that remote auditing (full or partial) is a vital component of the auditing future and trust that this will bring some relief to an already challenging situation while ensuring a robust audit and certification process. With the launch of partial remote auditing (see Annex 9 of the Scheme) and full remote auditing (see Addendum to the Scheme), the Foundation is anticipating the future of audit delivery and the widely shared vision that the use of big data solutions, new online verification technologies, and ongoing limitations of traveling will have a permanent impact.
Although the full remote auditing option is currently not GFSI recognized, it has broad support from our industry stakeholders and CB partners. It follows the GFSI benchmarking requirements except those for the on-site audit delivery process. The FSSC 22000 full remote audit option provides a voluntary alternative to our certified organizations covered by the Scheme governance and results in accredited certification.
The Scheme documents are available through the Scheme section of our website to download free of charge.
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Suspension FSI Taiwan-Asia Pacific Office Corp
Based on the Sanction Policy regulations, it has been decided that as of 1 December 2022, the FSSC 22000 license of Certification Body FSI Taiwan-Asia Pacific Office Corp is suspended for 3 months, until 1 March 2023. During this period, FSI Taiwan-Asia Pacific Office Corp will have to show FSSC 22000 in detail that they are dedicated to FSSC 22000 and can meet all the requirements.