There have been many food safety standards around the world, but there are also variations between standards, their implementation and their auditing. The standard, ISO 22000 was released in 2005. Since its release it has been successfully implemented in hundreds of companies around the world. ISO 22000 can be applied to any organization in the food chain, from the farm to the food packaging manufacturer.
ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 are both standards for Food Safety Management Systems registration schemes. It means that the standards contain requirements for a Food Safety Management System that can be certified by an accredited body.
Any food organization will benefit from ISO 22000 Certification; it is an independent verification that the organization has an effective Food Safety Management System in place. The worldwide recognition of ISO 22000 Certification and FSSC 22000 Certification means that all of the organization’s potential customers will be likely to recognize the registration.
Differences between ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 standards
The ISO 22000 scheme and the FSSC 22000 scheme differ slightly. ISO 22000 Certification applies to all organizations in the food chain. FSSC 22000 Certification applies only to food manufacturers, and is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative, GFSI. The FSSC 22000 Certification scheme requirements are made up of the ISO 22000:2005 standard and one more document.
FSSC 22000 is a certification scheme that absorbs ISO 22000 and contains a more extensive list of standards to be met by the enterprise.
For FSSC 22000 certification scheme it is necessary to develop and implement the same procedures and documents as for ISO 22000. However, in addition there should be a procedure of traceability and other documents depending on the specifics of production
The procedure of certification is not different. However, the requirements of FSSC 22000 scheme are more extensive and rigid, so the certification under this scheme is a very long and labour-intensive process.