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FSSC 22000 Audit Checklists

FSSC 22000 Audit Checklists for measurable readiness audits for FSSC 22000 certification.

Published 9 Aug 2021

What is FSSC 22000?

FSSC 22000 is a major food safety management standard recognized by the GFSI, a global organization that sets food safety standards and is backed by the world's largest food retailers and suppliers. FSSC 22000 demonstrates that a company has an effective food safety management system in place to meet the requirements of regulators, partners, and end consumers.

This article will briefly discuss:

What is an FSSC 22000 Audit?

An FSSC 22000 Audit is performed by an ISO 22000 certified auditor in order to verify if a company involved in food processing, food manufacturing, or food packaging meet FSSC 22000 standards for certification. Other prerequisites for FSSC 22000 certification involve meeting ISO 22000 requirements for a Food Safety Management System (FSMS), and ISO/TS 2202-1 for food processors or ISO/TS 2202-4 for food packaging manufacturers.

What is the Difference Between ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000?

The difference between the two food safety standards is that while FSSC 22000 is based on the ISO 22000 Food Safety Management Standard, it expands upon the ISO standard with additional requirements. The other major difference is that FSSC 22000 is a standard recognized by the GFSI and designed for food manufacturers who supply their products or ingredients to major food retailers and suppliers.

Benefits of FSSC 22000 Certification

FSSC 22000 is designed for food retailer suppliers and manufacturers throughout the supply chain. This can include those that process or manufacture animal products, perishable products, long shelf-life products, food ingredients and even food packaging materials.

Here are some key benefits of adopting the FSSC 22000 scheme:

  • Many large food retailers require suppliers to have a GFSI certified scheme
  • It widely adopted throughout the supply chain and is aligned to the GFSI‘s message of “once certified, recognized everywhere”
  • Framework approach which helps a business implement their own food safety management system
  • Details how to implement an effective HACCP system
  • Easier to adopt for businesses already ISO 22000 certified

How do I Prepare for FSSC 22000 Audit?

To prepare for an FSSC 22000 audit, you can follow these 4 steps:

Form a Team

Form a team that will help your organization prepare for the FSSC audit and ideally be composed of persons who are familiar with your processes and procedures.

Become Familiar with FSSC 22000

The team should review and familiarize themselves with the requirements of the FSSC standard in order to be able to effectively identify gaps between the current processes and the standard.

Conduct Internal Audits

Use an available FSSC 22000 checklist to conduct internal audits and discover gaps that should be addressed in order to align with the FSSC 22000 standard.

Get in Touch with Third-party Auditors

Coordinate with recognized auditors and get your company audited for FSSC 22000.

What are the FSSC 22000 requirements?

FSSC 22000 certification requires the following core requirements to be met:

  • ISO 22000: food safety management system requirements. FSSC 22000 is based on ISO 22000 but is not sufficient to be recognized by the GFSI on its own.
  • Pre-requisite Programmes (PRP): based on ISO/TS 22002-1 which include requirements for construction and layout of building, maintenance services, product information, personnel hygiene, food fraud and defence systems etc.
  • Additional requirements: inventory of and compliance with applicable regulations, documentation and review of management services (e.g. utilities, transport, maintenance) and supervision of food safety personnel.

Tools to prepare for FSSC 22000 Certification

Achieving FSSC 22000 certification and ongoing compliance requires significant documentation, recordkeeping and organization-wide communication efforts. Choosing the right technology is critical to ensuring a smooth implementation process. Spend more time identifying and resolving food safety risks and less time on paperwork and administration.

iAuditor by SafetyCulture can help you streamline your food safety reporting requirements. Conduct paperless food safety inspections onsite using the iAuditor Mobile App. Streamline data collection and analyze trends and points of failure online.

To save you time, we have prepared these digital checklists you can download for free and use to prepare for FSSC 22000 certification.

SafetyCulture staff writer

Erick Brent Francisco

Erick Brent Francisco is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2018. As a content specialist, he is interested in learning and sharing how technology can improve work processes and workplace safety. His experience in logistics, banking and financial services, and retail helps enrich the quality of information in his articles.

Erick Brent Francisco is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2018. As a content specialist, he is interested in learning and sharing how technology can improve work processes and workplace safety. His experience in logistics, banking and financial services, and retail helps enrich the quality of information in his articles.