The Food Safety System Certification 22000 is acknowledged by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
Due to the GFSI recognition of the Food Safety Management System a certified organization can demonstrate to their clients the organization complies with the requirements regarding their certified Food Safety Management System. The GFSI developed Benchmarking Requirements, the so called GFSI Guidance Document/Benchmarking requirements, which are subject to continuous developments.
As a result of the extensive benchmarking process, the Board of Stakeholders (BoS) for FSSC 22000 version 4.1, decided that additional interpretation shall be taken into account for thirteen requirements by all FSSC licensed Certification Bodies like DNV GL.
In addition to the requirements mentioned in the ISO 22000 (version 2005) standard, the additional interpretations apply as of January 1st, 2019. As per January 31st, 2019, DNV GL shall assess this thirteen additional requirements during the audits.
The additional interpretations are outlined and explained in to more detail in the following pages.
Please note that most additional interpretations only apply to a certain food chain (sub-) category. The main difference will be the closing of Minor Nonconformities.
If a Minor Nonconformity is issued during a new audit, evidence of the correction (correction: action to eliminate a detected nonconformity) shall be send by the organization to the Certification Body for verification and approval latest 3 months after the audit.
The current approach to accepting the corrective actionplan (corrective action: action to eliminate the cause of a nonconformity and to prevent recurrence) for a minor Nonconformity remains unchanged. The new expectation is the requirement for evidence of the correction as part of the corrective action plan (CAP) within 3 months after the audit.
Beside above mentioned information, specific additional interpretations are applicable for particular requirements. These additional interpretations are mentioned in more detail in the annexes.
The FSSC 22000 scheme consists of three different components:
- ISO 22000
- Additional FSSC requirements
- Sector specific prerequisite pograms (PRP’S).
The ISO 22000 and Additional FSSC requirements are applicable for ALL FSSC certified organizations. In annex 1 the additional interpretations are mentioned for ISO 22000 and Additional FSSC requirements. Which sector specific prerequisite program is applicable for your organization, depends on the scope of your organization which including the applicable prerequisite programs (PRP’s) and food categories.
The PPR’s and food categories are mentioned at the certificate and the audit reports. The additional interpretations are applicable for the next Prerequisite programs:
- ISO/TS 22002-1:2009 Prerequisite programmes on food safety – Food Manufacturing – See annex 2
- ISO/TS 22002-4:2013 Prerequisite programmes on food safety – Food packaging – See annex 3.