- FSSC 22000 is growing in popularity as a GFSI Certified Program Owner (CPO). It is a well-defined food safety management standard that allows companies flexibility in deciding how to integrate specific requirements into established organizational system activities. Understanding the process of adapting current company policies and procedures to meet the value-added requirements of the standard is critical for success.
- FSSC 22000 version 4.1 went into effect on January 1, 2018. All current FSSC 22000-compliant facilities need to understand the changes and update their systems to ensure they are compliant with Version 4.1.
- Even if currently approved to an alternate GFSI-approved CPO (formally referred to as a food safety management scheme) such as SQF or BRC, it is important to understand industry best practices, which are highlighted in this training. It may also be necessary to evaluate suppliers that choose FSSC 22000; this training will explain what they must do to achieve and maintain this certification, which will help with Supplier Evaluation and Approval under FSMA.
- The current revision (4.1) emphasizes new requirements for food defense and food fraud. Although we recommend attending our Food Defense workshop* to truly understand vulnerability and risk, it is still necessary to clearly define what must be changed. To understand and ensure compliance, it is necessary to first understand what is being asked of us.
- If currently certified to FSSC 22000, then companies must comply with the many updated requirements of Ver 4.1 in their 2018 calendar year upgrade audits. As with any audit, the company must define, implement and provide at least 90 days’ evidence (records) that it is maintaining compliance on an on-going basis. The sooner this training is received, the sooner this documentation process can proceed.
- Debby Newslow is the primary instructor for both this class and the Internal Auditing workshop being presented after this course. Drawing from her experience as an FSSC 22000 Lead Auditor, Debby will explain best practices, both for those implementing a new system and for those involved in the on-going maintenance of a compliant, sustainable and effective management system.
- While many companies have one or two people who have attended a formal training, Murphy’s Law (and the new requirement for unannounced audits) dictates that the auditor will likely arrive when those persons are on vacation, or out sick. It is critical that we train enough back-ups to feel confident that we can welcome an auditor any day, any time, and on any shift.
*Combination discounts are always available for attendees wishing to sign up for multiple workshops. Call us at (407) 290-2754 to find out how much you can save.