GFSI has published version 7.2 of its Benchmarking requirements in 2018. In this version, a new requirement was introduced for auditors of GFSI-recognised certification programmes to have passed a knowledge exam. The exam is based on the content of the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements and has been designed to allow for mutual recognition between different GFSI recognized certification programme owners.
The benchmark process was started in 2019 and includes two desk reviews and an on-site office assessment. A final benchmark assessment report was subject to a one month public consultation process to ensure that stakeholder feedback is included. The public report confirmed that the strength of the FSSC 22000 Scheme continues to be the depth of review of the Integrity Program and the use of International ISO standards.
“The Foundation FSSC 22000 has developed and implemented a significant upgrade to its Scheme with version 5 that now includes the new ISO22000:2018 standard. It has been recognized by the GFSI that the FSSC 22000 Scheme continues to be the only ISO 22000 based brand assurance platform for the consumer goods industry.”Aldin Hilbrands – Technical Director
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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.