FSSC 22000 version 6. Certification according to new requirements

In April 2023, the updated version 6 of the FSSC 22000 standard was released, which is a key document for companies seeking to ensure the safety of their food products internationally. More than 31 thousand companies around the world can already boast of being certified to this standard, which demonstrates their high commitment to product quality and safety. Referring to the new version of the FSSC 22000 standard, here are the main aspects that need to be implemented by an enterprise that wants to obtain a certificate this year.

There are several reasons for these changes. First of all, the integration of the new provisions of ISO 22003-1:2022 is aimed at harmonizing international requirements and simplifying the certification process for companies. In addition, the increased stringency of the requirements is a response to global challenges in the field of sustainable development and contributes to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Editorial changes aimed at improving and updating the standard also play an important role, making it more understandable and accessible to companies of all sizes.

The FSSC 22000 version 6 standard is a comprehensive document consisting of several parts and annexes, each of which contains important requirements for a food safety management system. The significance of this document for the industry cannot be underestimated, as it sets high quality and safety standards that every certified facility must meet.

The updates include a significant expansion of the standard's scope, the introduction of new product categories, and changes to product labeling and packaging requirements. Particular attention is paid to allergen management and food safety culture, which involves a comprehensive approach to staff training, verification and validation of control measures.

Certified companies must conduct a thorough analysis of the new requirements and develop an effective plan for their implementation. In particular, an important aspect is to plan the transition from version 5.1 to version 6, which should be completed within the agreed timeframe - from April 2024 to March 2025. This transition period involves detailed familiarization with the new provisions and adaptation of existing food quality and safety management procedures.

In addition, the standard includes recommendations for effective management of food-related risks, including measures to prevent food fraud, control hazards and ensure supply chain transparency. Given the complexity and scope of the updates, companies are advised to start preparing for the transition as early as possible to ensure uninterrupted certification and compliance with high food safety standards.

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