Global Initiative for Food Safety has identified four different targets that can be the object of certification in the agro-food field: food safety, food quality, food protection and lack of food frauds.
Based on the target or on the combination of targets that the food chain operator intends to reach, SRAC CERT provides three certification products in the field of food safety with the purpose of complying with the audit and certification requirements as precisely as possible:
- Certification in compliance with ISO 22000:2005
- Integrated certification in compliance with ISO 22000:2005 and ISO 9001:2015
- Certification in compliance with FSSC 22000 (version 4.1).
Reference standards for the FSSC 220000 Scheme for Food Products and scope of application
The audit and certification scheme is for food safety management systems of the organizations in the food chain and it is based on the International Standard ISO 22000:2005* „Food Safety Management Systems. Requirements for any organization from the food chain”, specification ISO/TS 22002-1:2009 „Premises programs for food safety Part 1: Food production”, and a series of FSSC additional requirements.
These additional requirements are described in Regulation R-01SSA / chapter 2.1.4
- Management of services
- Products labelling
- Food defence
- Prevention of food fraud
- Use of the logo
- Management of the allergens (only for categories C, I and K)
- Environmental monitoring (only for categories C, I and K) [section www.srac.ro/ro/documente-certificare]
SRAC CERT provides auditing and certification services for food safety management systems according to the FSSC 22000 scheme for the following fields of activity:
Advantages of the FSSC 22000 food safety management certification
- Using of the international ISO standards that allow throughout their structure an enhanced flexibility regarding the integration with other management solutions;
- The possibility to improve the management system compliant with the already existent ISO 22000, offering the possibility of passing to the enhanced quality level provided by FSSC 22000, with lower certification costs by comparison to other certifications recognized by GFSI* (The Global Food Safety Initiative);
- Maintenance of the substantiation on the Codex Alimentarius that represents the basis of the legislation regarding food safety.
Other advantages are described on the FSSC 22000 Foundation web-page [see here]
SRAC CERT is the first Romanian certification body that has received the license to issue accredited certifications based on FSSC 22000 scheme being recognized by The Foundation for Food Safety Certification (FSSC) in the Netherlands [visit http://www.fssc22000.com].
SRAC CERT is accredited by RENAR (certificate No. SMFS 002) as certification body for food safety management system certification (reference standards SR EN ISO 22000:2005; ISO/TS 22002-1:2009; ISO/TS 22002-4:2013 and extra criteria of FSSC 22000 version 4.1/2017).
Upon the certification process successfully completed, SRAC certified organizations:
- have the right to use SRAC conformity mark for advertising purposes;
- are regularly informed on the evolutions in the food safety areas, by accessing SRAC website, events organized by SRAC.
Finally, SRAC can supply to its clients with a training offer in the field, which includes training courses of "Auditor in the food safety field” and "Manager in the food safety field”. For more details, please access the Training Section on www.srac.ro.
Food safety represents a global concern, not only duet o the impact on public health, but to the one on international trade as well.
Globalization of food production and acquisition makes food chains become more complex, and increases the risk of incidents of food safety incidents.
Parallel to this development there is an increasing need for the implementation and certification of some management schemes/standards more and more efficient, in order to keep this risk under control.
FSSC 22000 is one of the certification schemes that is very appreciated on the market.
The FSSC 22000 scheme is regognized by GFSI.
Clarification of the equivalence of the standards recognized by GFSI and the significance of the recognition of every certification scheme by GFSI from the point of view of the responsibilities acknowledged by every scheme’s administrator:
Getting the FSSC 22000 certification is globally recognized by GFSI as equivalent* (similar, identical or equally essential) with others certification schemes for food safety management systems like:
- IFS FFOD STANDARD
- BRC GLOBAL STANDARD
- Global Red Meat Standard (GRMS)
- SQF Safe Quality Food