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FSSC 22000

WHAT IS FSSC 22000?

FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification) is the Global Food Safety Standard for food manufacturing, created by the Foundation for Food Safety Certification. It is a certification model scheme that applies to companies that are part of the food industry. This scheme ensures the control of latent food safety risks.
It was created to provide certification to food manufacturers and is supported by the Confederation of the Food and Drink Industries of the European Union (CIAA).

It is based on the ISO Food Safety standard and is widely recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), which supports the model and its application around the world.
The reference framework requested by FSSC 22000 includes: ISO 22000, prerequisite programs, good practice monitoring, Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) principles, without leaving aside the specific FSSC requirements.

Risk control management follows three main points:

  • Identify
  • Control
  • And minimize


This will help your company to work under guidelines adapted to each process in the best way, always preventing to fall in a risk or danger.

FSSC 22000

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BECOMING FSSC 22000 CERTIFIED?

Given the direct involvement of companies with the health and welfare of consumers, it is important that your company provides security to customers, employees, partners and stakeholders.

Because FSSC 22000 is the most rigorous scheme to ensure the quality and care of food, it assures you advantages that will make your company transcend:

  • It allows you to provide solutions to all the needs that the company has both potential customers.
  • You will comply with the highest food safety standards.
  • It generates a greater guarantee of safety for the food products manufactured.
  • It increases the competitiveness of the organization.
  • Improves the knowledge of the legal requirements that apply to food products.
  • In case of food crisis, its implementation is very useful.
  • The best option to respond to situations that may compromise the food safety of both products and production processes.
  • A better image for your organization.

In addition, having your certification in this verification model will give you the opportunity to achieve organizational development and growth in order to expand internationally.

The difference with ISO 22000 is that it is applicable to all the agents involved in the food chain; FSSC 22000 was created especially for food or packaging producers.

Como certificar FSSC 22000

HOW TO CERTIFY FSSC 22000?

The certification process of your company starts when you decide to implement an effective food safety plan and your Management System, to lead you on the road to FSSC 22000 certification. At QAlliance we take care of helping you every step of the way to successfully achieve your certification.

The FSSC 22000 certification process follows the following steps:

  • Identify, evaluate and control food safety hazards that occur, in order to avoid directly or indirectly harming consumers.
  • Communicate appropriate information throughout the food supply chain regarding product-related safety issues.
  • Report on the development, implementation and updating of the food safety management system through the organization.
  • Periodically assess and analyze, as necessary, the food safety management system to cover the actual activities of the company and the latest information on food safety hazards.

WHO CAN BE CERTIFIED IN FSSC 22000?

Companies involved in food processing and packaging, as well as companies that distribute and market food. Each link in the food supply chain can apply the FSSC model for certification.

When a company is already ISO 22000 certified, it is only necessary to review the specifications of the prerequisite programs and the technical requirements of FSSC in order to make the transition to FSSC 22000.

Each industry sector requires special attention, so in QAlliance we attend to the needs of each business partner by providing a personalized and quality service. Likewise, a characteristic of our work team is that it provides added value throughout the certification process.

WHAT IS THE COST OF FSSC 22000 CERTIFICATION?

The cost of certification depends on several factors such as the size of the company, the scope of the company and the number of employees, among other factors.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

ISO Standards are those models that serve as a reference for the manufacture and/or evaluation of a product, performance of a process or provision of a service.

ISO: International Organization Standardization is in charge of creating standards in order to unify them and make them international. Also, the ISO Standards, despite being voluntary, have been consolidated internationally as they guarantee to be very useful tools to guarantee the quality and the good performance of internal and external strategies of success of a company, this ensures every step of the way to follow and causes the impulse to innovation and productivity.

BENEFITS

The implementation of international standards will help you improve performance, guarantee quality, manage risks and obtain many other benefits that will help improve your organization in every way; some of the advantages are:

  • Provides more information and value to the product or service, so that the customer makes a purchase decision more easily.
  • It points out several communication channels with the supplier/manufacturer to guarantee the possibility to complain, participate, give feedback and provide customer services.
  • Increases competitiveness in the market and increases the possibilities of purchase and re-purchase compared to those companies that do not have ISO certifications.

A Quality Management System (QMS) could be defined as the set of ordered and coordinated activities that allow to offer quality products or services for customer satisfaction; that is, they are components susceptible to planning, control and continuous improvement, so that they meet the requirements and exceed customer expectations.

In general terms, the construction of a QMS is based on five basic elements:

  • Organizational Structure
  • Planning (Strategy)
  • Resources
  • Processes
  • Procedures


WHAT IS A QUALITY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM IMPLEMENTED FOR?


Having a good implemented QMS assures you some advantages such as:

  • Guarantee of the good functioning of the company, therefore, the fulfillment of the organization's objectives. For this, it is necessary that the objectives related to the quality of the system are in accordance with the general objectives of the business; otherwise, the quality objectives will be fulfilled but will not contribute to the fulfillment of the goals and objectives.
  • It facilitates the management of the development of activities based on the quality principle. A QMS allows a comprehensive analysis of performance and the detection of opportunities for improvement, which, if successfully resolved, will be significantly reflected in the company's performance indicators.
  • Improvement in the organization of the required processes, as well as the synergy between the members of the organization.

Due to the wide scope and flexibility of ISO standards, any business can implement a Management System.

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has segmented the business lines into 39 sectors. At QAlliance, we have specialized in 3 of these sectors, without neglecting the rest.

There are 10 requirements for ISO certification, among them, we can highlight the following:

  • Organizational Contexts
  • Leadership and commitment
  • Planning and change control
  • Support
  • Operational planning and control
  • Performance Evaluation
  • Continuous improvement


As part of the specifications required for certification, the following are included:

  • Stakeholder Identification.
  • Process Interaction.
  • Risk and Opportunity Planning (in relevant areas).
  • Control of Documents and Records.
  • Internal Audit.
  • Management Review.


To be eligible for ISO certification, 4 essential requirements must be met:

  1. To have implemented the corresponding Management System
  2. To have at least 3 months of records
    To have carried out at least one internal audit.
  3. To have carried out a management review


Advantages of obtaining ISO 9001:2015 Certification with QAlliance:

  • Reduction in delivery / response times.
  • Cost reduction.
  • Highly trained and competitive staff.
  • Significant reduction in rework.
  • Controls applied in strategic areas.
  • Unique tools in the market within your reach.

  • The ISO 9001 certification cycle covers a period of 3 years.
  • The certification committee is responsible for granting or refusing certification, extending or reducing the scope of certification, suspending or restoring certification, or withdrawing or renewing certification.
  • Surveillance audits are conducted at least once a year.
  • The date of the first surveillance audit shall be no later than 12 months from the date of the certification ruling.
  • The re-certification audit must be planned and carried out before the certification expiration date.

The cost of certification depends on several factors such as the size of the company, the scope of the company and the number of employees, among other factors.

We invite you to visit the QAlliance Quotation section.

OTHER ISO STANDARDS

  • ISO 14001
  • ISO 45001
  • ISO 13485
  • ISO 20000-1
Norma ISO 14001

ISO 14001 is the international standard that focuses on the implementation of an environmental management plan where environmental risks are identified, catalogued and managed in any organization.

Norma ISO 45001

This standard is aimed at enabling organizations to manage occupational health and safety risks, improve the performance of occupational health and safety measures and integrate other aspects of employee health and well-being.

Norma ISO 13485

ISO 13485 is to ensure that medical devices meet customer needs and applicable regulatory requirements.

ISO 20000-1 is the international standard for IT Service Management Systems.

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