FSSC 22000 Standard for Food Manufacturing (ISO/TS 22002-1)

Certification to this standard is designed for companies that process or manufacture animal products, perishable plant products, products with a long shelf-life, and food ingredients (e.g., additives, vitamins, bio-cultures, etc).

These audits are carried out by experienced food safety professionals trained specifically to the FSSC 22000 Standards for food safety.

FSSC 22000 contains a complete certification scheme for food safety systems based on existing ISO standards:

  • Food safety management standard ISO 22000: 2005 ‘Requirements for any organization in the food chain’
  • Prerequisite programs on food safety for food manufacturing – ISO/TS 22002-1

Food manufacturers that are already certified against ISO 22000 will only need an additional review against ISO/TS 22002-1 and additional FSSC 22000 requirements for certification.

ISO/TS 22002-1 supports the implementation of ISO 22000, section 7.2.3 that requires the implementation of prerequisite programs (PRPs), and gives a list of topics to consider, but does not specify what the PRPs should comprise. ISO/TS 22002-1 specifies these PRPs for food and food ingredient manufacturing processes.

ISO/TS 22002-1 was developed to “fill in the gaps” for PRPs – specifically for manufacturing operations providing a rigorous, consensus-based standard which enables ISO 22000 + ISO/TS 22002-1 to meet the GFSI requirements for recognition as a certification scheme.

AIBI-CS has auditors competent in the following product categories.

  • Perishable animal products
    • Eggs, dairy, ready meals
  • Perishable vegetable products
    • Fruits, vegetables, nuts
  • Products with long shelf-life at ambient temperature
    • Canned products, beverages, alcoholic drinks/fermented/brewed products, bakery products, dried foods and ingredients, confectionery, cereals, snacks, oils, and fats
  • (Bio) chemical manufacturing
    • Additives
  • Packaging material manufacturing
    • Printing, paper, plastic, metal, glass

AIBI-CS maintains accreditation based on scheme owner's requirements.

Partially Virtual Audits(New!)

The FSSC Foundation has recently published a new annex that allows the use of ICT (Information and Communication Technology) tools to complete the FSSC22000 audits. The ICT audit approach consists of a 2 step process, a remote audit focusing on document review followed by an onsite audit to verify implementation of the FSSC 22000 scheme requirements.

The requirements as set out in IAF MD4 on the use of ICT for auditing/assessment purposes are mandatory. It is important to note that this is an alternative but voluntary option.

  • Two stage process with a time interval of 30 days to up to 90 days (in case of serious events
  • Remote and onsite audit durations is split 50%-50%. The onsite durations must be at least 1 day.
  • The remote audit can be held on your preferred platform. (Zoom, Teams, or Other). Data security and confidentiality issues need to be addressed in advance

Remote audit consists of:

  • Document review - Focusing on ISO22000:2018
  • Interviews with Key Personnel

On-site audit consists of:

  • FSMS, HACCP & PRPs/ Physical inspection
  • Open issues from remote audits
  • Upgrade of NCs from the remote audit possible
  • Closure of Minor NCs 28d, Major NCs 28d with follow-up audit, Critical NCs 14d with follow-up audit

Final report received after completion of both stages

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