[quote align=”center”]The Netherlands, 22 December 2016 – FSSC 22000 launches version 4 of its international food safety and quality management system certification Scheme.[/quote]
Based on the experience in applying version 3 during the past years and the expectations of major stakeholders (among which authorities and industry), FSSC 22000 has effectuated several major changes to improve consistency and stringency.
Some of the key changes include new requirements for:
- conducting unannounced audits
- introducing critical nonconformities
- prevention of intentional product contamination
- standardized audit report
- transport and storage, food service/catering and retail/wholesale industries
This new release of the Scheme is the result of a 14 month global consultation process with key stakeholders such as representatives from industry, certification bodies, accreditation bodies, training organizations and governments. The overall project was managed by the FSSC 22000 team and guided by its Advisory Committee and Board of Stakeholders.
The FSSC Board of Stakeholders has determined that all certified sites, shall be audited against version 4 starting from January 1, 2018.
(source: FSSC 22000 web site – www.fssc22000.com)