BY Clarice Oelofse

Do you “FSSC” the bigger picture? This might sound corny, but if you are a food manufacturer / producer of some sort, this Food Safety Certification System Scheme might very well be a key ingredient in your bread and butter the next 3 – 5 years or so...


FSSC 22000 is an ISO-based, internationally accepted certification scheme for auditing and certification of food safety in the supply chain. FSSC 22000 is recognized and accepted by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).


By Google definition, The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a non-profit making foundation, created under Belgian law in May 2000. The daily management of GFSI is undertaken by The Consumer Goods Forum, the only independent global network for consumer goods retailers and manufacturers worldwide.  GFSI is not a scheme on its own and does not carry out any accreditation or certification activities. The status of recognition is achieved through a comprehensive benchmarking process.


In 2011 the GFSI Global Markets Programme was launched (manufacturing) and 2012 (primary production). The purpose of this programme is to offer small and less-developed businesses a step-by-step approach to implementing food safety requirements from a low knowledge base up to position where full scheme HACCP level certification can be achieved.

Benefits include:

  • Capacity building food safety is achieve
  • Access to local markets is facilitated
  • A system for mutual acceptance along the supply chain at this “entrance level” is created

Question. FSSC 22000 or ISO 22000? This will depend on what your market dictates. if your customers require a GFSi registration scheme, rather go for FSSC 22000.


Ready to implement? Basically, your implementation steps should cover the following:

  1. Gather more info about the Standard (research and/or attend a workshop)
  2. Complete your GAP Analysis - (compare your current system against the requirements of ISO 22000). GAP assessments / hygiene audits / pre-audits are commonly used at the early stages of implementation of a FSMS and used to identify gaps between and organizations system and the requirements of the applicable standards. It is basically a recommendation of where you currently are and where you should be to pass your audit.
  3. Compare your current system against the requirements of PAS 220
  4. Timeline of the implementation plan
  5. Actual implementation of FSMS
  6. Corrective actions & improvements (address findings during internal audits
  7. “Ta-da” audit time – done by a registered 3rd party auditor

Entecom assists you with all the steps, apart from the certified third part audit, including the following:

  • FSSC 22000 Workshop
  • Implement a FSMS based on FSSC 22000 Skills Programme
  • GAP Analysis & pre-audit
  • Complete system implementation






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 August 20, 2014
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