Wat is FSSC 22000?
Certificering van voedselveiligheidssysteem 22000 (FSSC 22000) is ontwikkeld als antwoord op de vraag van klanten naar een herkenbare norm waartegen een beheersysteem voor voedselveiligheid kan worden gecontroleerd en gecertificeerd.
FSSC 22000 kreeg wereldwijde erkenning van het GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative), evenals andere voedselveiligheidsregelingen zoals BRC of IFS.
Het certificatieschema is eigendom van de Foundation for Food Safety Certification. ISO 22000 als een op zichzelf staande norm is relevant voor alle delen van de voedselketen, terwijl FSSC 22000 oorspronkelijk alleen van toepassing was op voedselproducerende bedrijven.
De reikwijdte is nu breder dan alleen voor Food Manufacturing omdat er in de loop van de jaren andere technische specificaties zijn ontwikkeld, bijvoorbeeld ISO / TS 22001-2 Catering, ISO / TS 22002-4 Voedingsverpakking, ISO / TS 22002-6 Diervoeders, NTA 8059 Transport en opslag, enz.
Vanaf 1 januari 2018 hebben alle voedselveiligheidsbeheersystemen van gecertificeerde organisaties of nieuwe aanvragers een mandaat om te worden gecontroleerd tegen de nieuwste versie 4.1 van de regeling, gepubliceerd door de FSSC Foundation in juli 2017.
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The scope is now broader that just for Food Manufacturing as other Technical Specifications have been developed over the years, e.g. ISO/TS 22001-2 Catering, ISO/TS 22002-4 Food Packaging, ISO/TS 22002-6 Animal feed, ISO/TS 22002-5 Transport and storage, etc.
From April 1st 2021 all food safety management systems of certified organizations or new applicants are mandated to be audited against the latest version of the scheme, Version 5.1 published by the FSSC Foundation in November 2020.
Once registered, you accept your organization to be listed in the Foundations database, which share a list of certified organizations and display information with regard to the certification status of your company. The website can be found at www.FSSC22000.com. This database is regularly used by customers looking to validate an organization’s certification and it can be shared with governmental authorities when appropriate.
By accepting the Foundation requirements, you also allow auditors from the Foundation to witness NQA auditors during any of the FSSC 22000 audits.
How can we help?
With a wealth of experience providing accredited management systems certifications, NQA is ideally placed to partner with you to meet customer requirements and exceed industry expectations.
Technical committees and industry relationships. NQA is highly involved in a wide variety of industry committees and standards writing teams, helping us to maintain a keen awareness of changes within this industry.
Knowledge transfer supporting our customer’s organizational strategy. NQA is committed to ensuring customer awareness regarding changes in industry strategy, regulations, and standard requirements that may impact your management system approach.
FSSC specific requirements
FSSC 22000 Logo – Certified organizations are entitled to use the FSSC 22000 logo. It may be used on the organization’s printed matter, website and other promotional material subject to the following design specification.
Use of logo in black and white is permitted when all other text and imagines are in black and white. The FSSC logo is not allowed to be used on a product, its labelling, its packaging, or in any other manner that implies FSSC 22000 approves a product, process or service.
NC grading – There are three possible grading levels when raising a NC against FSSC: minor, major and critical nonconformities. The specific timeframe for handling NC will be specified in the audit report and provided to the organization on each visit (if required).
A minor nonconformity will be issued when the finding does not affect the capability of the management system to achieve the intended results. Major NC will be issued when the finding affects the capability of the management system to achieve the intended results, and Critical NC is issued when food safety is directly impacted during the audit or when legality and/or certification integrity are at stake.
Termination of certification contract – when critical nonconformities are not effectively solved by a certified organization within the specified timeframe provided by NQA, the FSSC 22000 certificate will be immediately withdrawn. Additionally, failure to achieve the deadline specified for a Major NC will result in raising a Critical NC. A Major NC could also be raised when an action plan has not been carried out within the timeframe specified when raising a minor nonconformity.
Steps to Certification
You will need to fill in an application form in order for NQA to understand your company and requirements. You can do this by completing either the online quick quote or the online formal quote request form. We will use this information to accurately define the scope of assessment and provide you with a proposal for certification.
Once you’ve agreed your proposal your assessments will be booked with an NQA Assessor. This assessment consists of two mandatory visits that form the Initial Certification Audit. Please note that you must be able to demonstrate that your management system has been fully operational for a minimum of three months and has been subject to a management review and full cycle of internal audits.
Following a successful two stage audit, a certification decision is made and if positive, then certification to the required standard is issued by NQA. You will receive a hard and soft copy of the certification. Certification is valid for three years and is maintained through a programme of annual surveillance audits and a three yearly recertification audit.
Food Safety Toolkit
ISO 22000 Implementation Guide
Guide to Transferring Certification
ISO 22000 Transition Gap Guide
ISO 22000 Transition Timeline
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