Food Safety System Certification 22000

Food Safety System Certification 22000

The FSSC 22000 certification scheme was developed and is maintained by the Board of Stakeholders of the Foundation for Food Safety Certification, based in the Netherlands. The aim of the Foundation is to provide a certification scheme which has broad acceptance, through adding value to the relationship between the certified food organizations and those around it such as the government, customers and suppliers.

The Scheme makes use of international and independent standards such as ISO 22000, ISO 9001, ISO/TS 22003 and technical specifications for sector specific Pre-Requisite Programs (PRPs), such as ISO/TS 22002-1. These stanards were developed through a wide and open consultation with a large number of international stakeholders. Besides these standards, the Scheme contains so-called FSSC Additional Requirements which can be found in the FSSC 22000 Scheme documents. The Scheme documents are available from the FSSC 22000 website.

Through meeting the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Benchmarking Requirements, the FSSC 22000 Scheme has been given full recognition since 2010. GFSI recognition deomstrates that the Scheme meets the highest standards gloablly leading to international food industry acceptance.

Applicant CABs will need to comply with FSSC 22000 Scheme Version 5, May 2019.

As a management systems scheme, applicants also need to comply with ISO/IEC 17021-1:2015 – Conformity Assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems, Part 1: Requirements.


  • Provides a framework for effectively managing an organisation's food safety responsibilities.
  • Demonstrates that a company has a robust food safety management system in place that meets the requirements of customers and consumers.

Scheme owner

Foundation for Food Safety Certification.

More information

An application pack, application form and other relevant material is not available on this site. These documents are available through our SharePoint portal. If you are a body that we currently accredit, you can access this information through the Shared CAB Portal. If you are a new applicant, please complete an application enquiry form. Once this form is submitted, the Secretariat will contact you to advise the next steps.  For other stakeholders, please submit your inquiry through the online feedback form.

More information about the FSSC 22000 certification scheme, including to access associated scheme documents, is available at