As part of their process of continual improvement, FSSC 22000 has published a new revision of its scheme in Version 5.1. After 1st April 2021 all FSSC 22000 audits must be conducted to Version 5.1. The updates in the new version include revisions to specifically strengthen the integrity program to ensure the consistency and reliability of FSSC 22000 certification, the incorporation of the requirements from the Board of Stakeholders Decision list and elements that have been added to maintain compliance with the GFSI Benchmarking requirements (Version 2020.1).
Among the updated requirements of the GFSI Benchmarking Document is the need to audit for evidence of a company’s commitment to ensuring the maintenance of a positive and fortifying Food Safety Culture. Elements, identified by the GFSI, include good communication, appropriate training, accommodation of feedback from employees, and capacity for performance measurement on food safety related activities.
Many of these elements, identified by the GFSI as being consistent with implementing and maintaining a food safety culture, are defined within the requirements of the ISO 22000: 2018 Food Safety Management System Standard, on which FSSC 22000 is based. The way, in which ISO 22000:2018 supports food safety culture, will be reviewed in the webinar along with the explanation of the FSSC 22000 approach and an introduction to the FSSC 22000 Food Safety Culture Guidance Document, which outlines, how food safety culture is covered by ISO 22000;2018, and how food safety culture can be audited to meet the requirements of FSSC 22000 V 5.1