The FSSC Foundation has decided that from January 2019 new additional requirements regarding FSSC 22000 version 4.1 shall be taken into consideration by Certification Bodies. These new requirements are related to the requirements of the GFSI, which FSSC must comply to.
As of 31 January 2019, the assessors of Lloyd’s Register will assess the extent to which you are compliant to these requirements.
Which of these requirements are applicable depends on the food chain (sub) category your organisation operates in and probably some of these may have already been implemented in your food safety system. The additional requirements are explained into detail in the Client Information Note ‘FSSC additional requirements as of January 2019’.
Besides the additional requirements which apply from 31 January 2019, the standard will soon be renewed to FSSC 22000 version 5. In this new FSSC version, the ISO22000:2018 standard will also be included. Version 5 will be published in May 2019. However, please note that assessments against the new version will take place from 1 January 2020. With the introduction of the new version, a number of important deadlines will apply:
• Lloyd’s Register will not carry out assessments against FSSC 22000 version 5 earlier than 1 January 2020. The timeframe from May 2019 until your first audit in 2020 gives you time to implement the new requirements.
• Audits against the current version (version 4.1) shall be carried out at latest on 31 December 2019.
• The transition period, meaning the period in which you shall transition to version 5 to remain FSSC 22000 certified, runs from 1 January 2020 until 31 December 2020.
• All issued FSSC 22000 v4.1 certificates will become invalid after 29 June 2021.
Click on the download below to read the client information note.