Difference between FSSC 22000 and ISO 22000

ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 are both international standards and both relate to the most important components for ensuring food safety. Two certification schemes that are very similar and play a key role in ensuring safe and high-quality food products. What are the most important differences?

The two schemes are very similar, because the FSSC 22000 scheme uses ISO 22000 as a requirement for the management system. However, the FSSC 22000 contains additional requirements, including the Pre-Requisite Program (PRP), or universal procedures used to control the operating conditions in food factories and the specific requirements of the FSSC to ensure consistency, integrity and management of the system itself.

The main difference between the two certifications is that the FSSC 22000 scheme, in contrast to the ISO standard, is recognized by the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative). GFSI recognition demonstrates that the scheme meets the highest standards globally leading to international food industry acceptance.

Next step

FSSC 22000 is the next step for all companies that are already ISO 22000 certified, who intend to update their certification and thus obtain international recognition for food safety.

More information

  • For more information about ISO 22000 certification, please have a look at this page.
  • For more information about FSSC 22000 certification, please have a look at this page.

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