The globalization of markets has enabled the global sourcing of ingredients for food products. This has increased the complexity of the supply chain for many manufacturers thereby increasing the risk of food safety incidents. However, the need to provide evidence of food product safety has never been more important. In an effort to comply with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), a number of standards were developed. The Food Safety System Certification, or FSSC 22000, was the result of combining two separate standards, ISO 22000 for Food Safety Management System Requirements and BSI-PAS 220 and guidance on the application of ISO 22000, ISO/TS 22004. Effective and harmonized food safety systems shall manage and ensure the safety and suitability of food in each link of the supply chain.
FSSC 22000 is intended for the certification of food safety systems of food manufacturers that process or manufacture:
- Perishable animal products, excluding slaughtering and pre-slaughtering (meat, poultry, eggs, dairy and fish products)
- Perishable vegetal products (i.e. packaged fresh fruits and fresh juices)
- Products with a long shelf life (i.e. canned products, biscuits, snacks, oil, drinking water, beverages, pasta, flour, sugar, salt)
- Bio-chemical products for food manufacturing (i.e. vitamins additives and bio-cultures)
* Note: transport and storage on site and as part of the operation are included (e.g. cheese ripening). It is applicable to all food manufacturing organizations in these categories, regardless of size and complexity, whether profit-making or not and whether public or private.
Benefits Of FSSC 22000:
- Easily integrated with other management systems including: quality, environmental and safety management systems
- Incorporates ISO 22000:2005, BSI-PAS 220 and guidance on the application of ISO 22000, ISO/TS 22004, HACCP, and the application steps of CODEX
- Recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
- Reduces food safety hazards and
- Promotes continuous improvement on Food Safety Aspects
- Promotes legal compliance
- Increases transparency throughout the food supply chain
Benefits of ISO 22000
- Initial Information
- Offer and Contract
- Stage 1 audit
- Stage 2 audit
- System Evaluation
- Surveillance audits
The process starts with the client’s needs and expectations. DQS wants to learn about the client’s organization, its management system, size and types of operation. Together both parties will define objectives for the assessment and/or certification, including applicable standards and specifications.
Offer and Contract
DQS will provide a detailed offer for assessment and certification services, tailored to individual client needs, based on the information provided initially. A written contract will specify all relevant deliverables as well as applicable assessment and certification criteria.
A pre-audit can serve as initial performance or gap analysis, identifying strengths and areas for improvement. For larger assessment and certification projects a project planning meeting provides a valuable opportunity for the client to meet the lead assessor and develop a customized assessment plan for all functions and locations involved. Both services are optional.
Stage 1 audit
The assessment procedure itself begins with review and evaluation of system documentation, goals, results of management review and internal audits. During this process, it will be determined whether the client’s management system is sufficiently developed and ready for certification. The assessor will explain findings and coordinate any required activities to prepare for the on-site system assessment.
Stage 2 audit
The assigned auditor team will audit the client’s management system at the place of production or service delivery. Applying defined management system standards and specifications, the assessment team will evaluate the effectiveness of all functional areas as well as all management system processes, based upon observations, inspections, interviews, review of pertinent records, and other assessment techniques. The audit result, including all findings will be presented to the client during the closing meeting. Required action plans will be agreed upon as necessary.
The independent certification function of DQS will evaluate the audit process and its results, and decide independently about issuance of the certificate. The client receives an audit report, documenting the audit results. When all applicable requirements are fulfilled the client also receives the certificate.
Either semi-annually or at least once per year, there will be an on-site audit of the critical components of the management system. Improvement potential will be identified, with a focus on continual improvement and sustained effectiveness.
A management system certificate is valid for a limited period of time, frequently for a maximum of three years. At the end of this cycle, a re-audit will be carried out to ensure the ongoing fulfillment of all applicable requirements. Subject to this fulfillment, a new certificate will be issued.
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