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SGS Systems and Services Certification Pty Ltd. is pleased to confirm that it has achieved accreditation to provide certification against FSSC 22000 (Food Safety System Certification) after a successful assessment by JAS-ANZ (The Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand). SGS Systems and Services Certification Pty Ltd is one of the very first certification bodies if not the first one in the world to have been accredited on FSSC 22000, version July 2010.
The Foundation for Food Safety Certification (FSSC), the owner of the FSSC 22000 scheme has announced that from January 1 2011, it will allow accredited certificates to be issued by associated certification bodies that have a valid accreditation for FSSC 22000, including accreditation for ISO/IEC Guide 17021 and ISO 22003, thereby meeting the requirements as stated in the FS22000 scheme documents, version July 2010. With the achieved JAS-ANZ accreditation, SGS is well prepared for this target date.
“SGS fully supports the objective of the FSSC Board of Directors to protect the profile of the scheme and so will not issue any accredited certificates until this time. However, the confirmation from JAS-ANZ that SGS meets the technical requirements of accreditation means that clients who successfully complete an audit during the intervening period can be confident there will be no unnecessary delays in issuing accredited certificates once the launch is complete, and that they will be among the first to receive them”, says Peter Marriott, Global Technical & Accreditation Manager at SGS.
“This is an important milestone to players within the global food supply chains as now they can have a clear target date to receive an accredited FSSC 22000 certificate”, states Supreeya Sansawat, Global Manager of Food Services at SGS.
The introduction of FSSC 22000 marks a major step closer towards a single, internationally accredited and recognized superior food safety standard. It combines the ISO 22000 Food Safety Management standard with the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 220 and other additional requirements, and it is fully recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). GFSI is an organization committed to benchmarking food safety management schemes with an aim towards fostering a convergence between food safety standards.
The FSSC 22000 standard is designed for food manufacturers who supply or plan to supply their products to major food retailers or major branded food companies. The currently ISO 22000 certified clients will only need a review on additional criteria to fully meet the requirements of the FSSC 22000.
SGS provides efficient services to help safeguard quality and safety and assist in sustainable development throughout the whole food supply chain including raw and semi-manufactured foodstuffs and final products in all principal food segments. SGS is the world’s leading independent body in food safety and quality management systems certification with a global network of qualified auditors. To learn more, please visit SGS Food Safety.
Outi Helena Maatta
SGS SA1 place des AlpesCH-1211 Geneva, Switzerlandt: +41 22 739 9161m: +41 79 251 8218Website: www.sgs.com/foodsafety
The SGS Group is the global leader and innovator in inspection, verification, testing and certification services. Founded in 1878, SGS is recognized as the global benchmark in quality and integrity. With 59,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 1,000 offices and laboratories around the world.