Why FSSC 22000? Why not ISO 22000? And what about HACCP?

BY Merle Litshie

So what is this buzz about this FSSC 22000 in the Food Industry? Should one have it and why. Why not stay with what we have?

What is FSSC 22000? Let's have a look...


FSSC (Food Safety System Certification) is a food safety system made up of ISO 22000 + ISO/TS 22002-1 (Pre Requisite Programs - PRP). There are three parts:

  • Part 1: PRP’s for food manufacturing,
  • Part 2: PRP’s for catering and
  • Part 3: PRP’s for farming.

FSSC 22000 is the most comprehensive food safety management system. It is GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) recognized.


Should organisations have it and why? Yes! Organisations should have it because FSSC 22000 is fully recognized by GFSI board of directors. This recognition was achieved by an extensive benchmarking process using the GFSI requirements guideline therefore organization can trade globally.

Advantages of FSSC 22000:

  • FSSC 22000 incorporates many of the principles of other GFSI approved food safety standards and combines them in a single approach therefore an organization can have a customized single food audit solution.
  • The organization will be able to meet growing global customer requirements from GFSI recognized suppliers. This means the organization has worldwide credibility
  • FSSC 22000 promotes a common language within the organization and improves communication across the supply chain therefore increasing transparency throughout the food supply chain.
  • Once FSSC 22000 certified, other stakeholders have confidence that the certified organization is in control of Food Safety hazards and are able to identify them.

Why not stay with what we have?

The organization needs to review current Food Safety system and see if it is GFSI recognized and if not improve or upgrade system to be part of the GFSI family that means you will be globally recognized and can compete with other organizations similar to yours and trade all over the world. Why not exceed your customer’s expectations before they ask you for FSSC 22000?


Why not ISO 22000? ISO 22000 without ISO/TS 22002-1 is not GFSI recognized therefore the organization will still need to implement the ISO/TS 22002-1 PRP’s in future in order to be GFSI recognized.


And what of HACCP? If organization is HACCP certified, this is good news as the organization will upgrade and build on current Food Safety system. The HACCP does not fall away, it is part of FSSC 22000 and is a requirement on the GFSI requirements. Those organizations with HACCP are a step ahead of those that have no HACCP. Once FSSC is implemented there is no need to be certified for both HACCP and FSSC 22000, the HACCP certification is replaced by FSSC 22000 certification.


Those organizations without a Food Safety System such as HACCP, do not despair as the organization can implement HACCP and not go for HACCP certification but build on the system to eventually be FSSC 22000 certified. If this is the way the organization will be going, it would be good to use a consultant to guide you through the process and keep things in check so you do not drown or lose your path. Fear not at Entecom has consultants with a lot of food industry experience – Just pick up the phone and call us or even send us an email we are here to serve you.



 May 12, 2014
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Merle Litshie

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