Through meeting the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Benchmarking Requirements, the FSSC 22000 Scheme has been given full recognition since 2010. GFSI recognition demonstrates that the Scheme meets the highest standards globally, leading to international food industry acceptance. Furthermore, the Scheme is widely accepted by Accreditation Bodies worldwide and supported by essential stakeholders like FoodDrinkEurope (FDE) and the Consumer Brands Association (CBA).
Reference standards for FSSC 220000 scheme
The FSSC 22000 scheme is based on:
- the international standard ISO 22000:2018 (Food safety management systems — Requirements for any organization in the food chain);
- technical specification from the relevant food sector: ISO/TS 22002-1:2009 - Prerequisite programmes on food safety - Part 1: Food manufacturing/ or Technical Specification ISO/TS 22002-4:2013 - Prerequisite programmes on food safety - Part 4: Food packaging manufacturing;
- additional requirements established by the FSSC Foundation.
The version of the FSSC scheme in force can be consulted here (ENG) and here (RO).
SRAC CERT offers audit and certification services of food safety management systems according to the requirements of the FSSC 22000 scheme for the following scopes of activity:
- FSSC 22000 for food products
- FSSC 22000 for food packaging
Advantages of the FSSC 22000 food safety management certification
- use 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.
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 based on FSSC 22000 scheme requirements.
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.
Food safety represents a global concern, not only due to 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 globally recognized by GFSI with others certification schemes for food safety management systems like:
IFS International Featured Standards
BRCGS (BRC Global Strantard)