FSSC 22000 Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS)

FSSC 22000 Certification : Food Safety System Certification (FSSC)

What Is FSSC 22000 Certification?

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a non-profit association managed by an independent Board of Stakeholder & Industry Experts, committed to improving food safety along the food chain. The GFSI approves several food safety standards covering farming, production, processing, packaging, storage & distribution.

The Food Safety System Certification (FSSC 22000) is a GFSI Scheme for food safety certification and is applicable to all organizations in the food chain, regardless of size and complexity. FSSC 22000 is based on ISO 22000 and offers a complete certification Scheme for the auditing and certification of Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS)

The complexity of global markets for food supply chains are making it extremely difficult to assure food safety and quality. FSSC enables the organization to face these challenges, with the necessary compliance to food safety standards. Whatever your role in the food chain, from Farm to Fork, IRQS will guide you through its expertise auditing & certification skills to achieve excellence in food safety.

Whom Is FSSC 22000 Certification For?

FSSC 22000 is applicable to all organizations in the food chain, regardless of size and complexity. Organizations that are directly or indirectly involved include, but are not limited to,

Benefits of FSSC 22000 Certification

Ensure Food
Safety & Quality

Improve control over the food safety process by detecting & eliminating food hazards with careful implementation of FSSC FSMS.

Globally Recognised

Get certified and obtain global recognition to increase your authority in the market.

New Customers

With an exceptional reputation, gain new customers who trust your brand and buy from you with confidence.

More Revenue

Achieve continual improvement to maximise your revenue growth and scale your business to new heights.


Meet food safety legal compliance and corporate requirement.

Management Processes

Provides a framework for consistent management, accountability, continuous improvement and communication.

Take a Deep Dive Into FSSC 22000 Certification

Looking to implement an FSSC 22000 Food Safety Management Systems but not sure where to start? Take a look at our FSSC 22000 guide here. The free guide will give you a great insight into this certification.

FSSC 22000 Certification Requirements

FSSC 22000 is recognized by the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) and this certification shows that you meet the highest level of global food safety & quality standards.

ISO 22000

A proven framework that defines and strengthens the processes across the supply chain to mitigate food safety hazards and ensure food safety


Get certified and obtain global recognition to increase your authority in the market.

FSSC 22000 Requirements

Ensure consistency, integrity and management of the system to attain global recognition.

Steps to FSSC 22000 Certification

Step - 1

Application for FSSC 22000 Accredited certification from new (Fresh) client and existing client.

Step - 2
Offer Submission

After understanding your business, we create an offer that helps you to attain FSSC 22000 Certification without hassles.

Step - 3
Offer Acceptance

Acceptance of Offer by client and Confirmation of agreement by both client organization and IRQS.

Step - 4
Certification Audit

Conduct of Initial Certification audit – (Stage 1 + Stage 2) for new (Fresh) clients / Re-Certification audit (For existing clients).

Step - 5

Issuance of the “Certificate of approval” on successful completion of the initial / Re-certification audit process.

Step - 6

Surveillance audits are undertaken annually to ensure that compliance to the chosen Standard(s) is maintained throughout the three-year certification cycle.

Step - 7

The recertification audit process is to be initiated 3 months prior to the expiry of the certificate.

Want to Transfer Your FSSC 22000 Certification?

You can transfer your FSSC Certification from one certification body to another at any stage you wish, you are not tied into any contract. You need a trusted certification body and we’ll help you transfer to us quickly and easily.

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Save Time & Money When You Audit Two Standards

Did you know FSSC 22000 and other standards like ISO 22000, ISO 9001, ISO 45001, etc. share the same structure? You can save time and money when you audit any two standards at the same time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000?

ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 are international standards that focus on food safety for the organizations. Both have a similar approach and plays a critical role in certifying safe and premium-quality edible products.

However, FSSC 22000 scheme recognizes the norms of the certification framework of ISO 22000 as a requisite. FSSC 22000 contains other requirements as well, like – Pre-Requisite Program (PRP), or universal measures for food control, operations, etc. at factories. Simply put, there are specifically mentioned control measures in FSSC that assures quality, integrity, and consistency of the food chain production. It is recognized by GFSI or Global food safety initiative. On the other hand, ISO belongs to the international organization for standardization, defining the quality framework for organizations in the food industry.

What are the requirements of FSSC 22000?

The FSSC 22000 norms are recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative or GFSI body and the framework defines the measures for ensuring the highest level of food safety and quality as per international standards. The requirements of FSSC 22000 include the consistency, integrity and abidance of ISO 22000 alongside the PRPs.

How can I get FSSC certificate?

If an organization has the ISO 22000 certification, they can update it and acquire the FSSC certificate from GFSI. The process is like getting the ISO certification and systematic. Firstly, the organization need to comply with the ISO standards and the additional requirements of FSSC. Gap analysis is the next step and it needs expert supervision. The next step is auditing and there are two stages in a FSSC audit. On completing and passing the audit process, the organization gets accredited with the certification recognized by GFSI.

What Does FSSC 22000 Stand For?

FSSC stands for food safety system certification. It is a certification scheme recognized by GFSI and focus on ensuring optimal food safety and quality management for organizations.


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ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System Foundations

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