SGS South Africa launches the FSSC Development Program

By: SGS on 08 October 2021

In 2020 The Foundation for Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) launched its Development Program, providing an assessment model that's aligned with the Codex General Principles of Food Hygiene. The FSSC Development Program offers a series of clear steps to develop a food safety management system. It also provides a clear pathway for organisations to achieve full FSSC certification in the future.

Depending on the size of your business, the assessment will take anywhere from one to three days and there are no additional scheme owner fees. The program is split into two levels of unaccredited assessments, although the FSSC Integrity Program does monitor the quality of these assessments.  Companies that are found to conform to the program’s standards are then listed on the FSSC’s publicly available register.

FSSC 22000 is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked food safety standard. FSSC 22000 is based on the widely recognised Food Management System Standard ISO 22000, the industry-relevant Pre-Requisite Program (PRP) and FSSC defined additional requirements.

Follow this link for more information on the program: 
Development Program - FSSC 22000

SGS will continue to offer the GFSI global markets program

Launched in 2015, progression through the GFSI Global Markets Program (second edition) is facilitated through, open-access toolkits that guide, companies through three pre-certification stages: Self-Assessment, Basic and, Intermediate. The latter two stages, require unaccredited assessments based, on food safety systems, good manufacturing procedures, and appropriate control of food hazards.  The assessment is based upon observing daily activities within key production areas and lasts between one to one and a half days. There are no additional scheme owner fees.  After any non-conforming practices have been addressed and rectified, companies will be presented with an unaccredited letter of recognition complete with a compliance score.

Why SGS?

Wherever you are in the food value chain, we can independently audit your food safety systems and certify them against the requirements of any of the GFSI standards. This helps you and your supplier network adopt the highest standards in food safety and comply with customer requirements. In addition, a valid certificate from a GFSI-recognized standard – granted by SGS – enhances your access to global markets. As a world leader in food safety audits and certification, we have an international, multilingual network of specialists ready to share their expertise and help you raise your organization’s standards. We can ensure that your food safety solutions and systems are in line with the latest thinking and best practices so that your brand becomes synonymous with quality and safety.

Donna Brown Crockart

Cert. Sci. Nat
Knowledge Solutions
Business Manager

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