FSSC 22000 releases Version 5.1

Constanze Illner Food Safety & Hygiene, Revisions

FSSC 22000 has published a new revision that will become mandatory on April 1, 2021. Learn what the background is and what changes you can expect below.

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has updated its benchmarking requirements. This means that GFSI recognized food standards such as IFS, BRCGS and FSSC 22000 have to implement the new or changed GFSI requirements in their own standard in a timely manner. FSSC 22000 has now complied with the request and published version 5.1 on November 3, 2020.

Key changes of GFSI 2020 include requirements specific to multi-site certification, product design & development, and food safety culture. The Scheme has, therefore, been updated to ensure compliance with these changes. With regard to the food safety culture, FSSC 22000 already meets all the requirements of the GFSI because the ISO 22000: 2018 standard has already dealt with these issues. For this reason, FSSC 22000 has published a guidance document that demonstrates how the requirements for the food safety culture are met. You can download all documents for version 5.1 free of charge here.

Time schedule

The new version was published on November 3, 2020. The revision will become mandatory on April 1, 2021.

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