GLOBAL – FSSC Foundation, the leading brand in Food Safety Management Systems, has published Version 6 of the FSSC 22000 scheme that will enable the integration of ISO 22003-1:2022 requirements and consolidate the requirements to support organizations in their contributions to meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The consumer goods industry uses FSSC schemes to help them build efficient management systems, safeguard their brands, and meet food safety goals.

The Foundation seeks to assist organizations in achieving the SDGs in order to better the world.

The input from the Version 6 development survey, which garnered around 2000 replies, will be incorporated into the revised FSSC 22000 program.

A 12-month transition period will be available for Version 6 to provide companies time to get ready for its deployment and enable accreditation of CBs.

The first Version 6 audits will start on April 1, 2024, and all businesses must finish the V6 upgrade audit by March 31, 2025.

The Foundation has published a Version 6 Upgrade Process document which details the transition requirements and a version of the scheme highlighting the changes between V5.1 and V6.

In the new version, Food Chain Categories have been realigned in accordance with ISO 22003-1:2022, and the scope has been expanded to include Trading and Brokering (FII) and reduced by removing Farming and FSSC 22000-Quality from the scheme.

Requirements on food safety and quality culture have also been integrated in addition to the incorporation of new requirements on quality control, food loss and waste, and equipment management.

Organizations must have a documented policy and objectives detailing their strategy to reduce food loss and waste within their organization and related supply chains. The additional food loss and waste requirements support a silo-breaking approach contributing towards SDGs.

FSSC Version 6 has moreover strengthened existing additional requirements in Part 2 of the scheme, including but not limited to allergen management and environmental monitoring.

Further, changes and clarifications have been made to the Certification Process and a QR Code added on FSSC 22000 certificates for improved traceability.

The new version replaces FSSC 22000 Version 5.1 which was released in November 2020.

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