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GFSI benchmarking recognition for FSSC 22000 Version 5

26 February 2020
NQA is delighted to congratulate Foundation FSSC 22000 on its recent recognition against version 7.2 of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Benchmarking Requirements.
Foundation FSSC 22000 have published the following statement to announce the news:
“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”

Commenting on this recent achievement, Maria Constable, NQA’s Food Certification Manager stated: “This is a great recognition for FSSC 22000 and supports the scheme in its ambition to ensure the highest of safety standards within the food industry”.
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