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ISO 22000


ISO 22000 is the international standard that specifies the requirements for organizations involved directly or indirectly in the food chain and that offer food products or related services that can affect food safety or consumers’ health. The standard addresses the hazard analysis system and identifies the risks that may affect the safety of food or services.

It is applicable to any organization in the food chain - manufacturers, processors, transporters, food distributors, but also organizations linked to the food chain through the products or services provided (manufacturers of equipment, packaging, cleaning agents or food industry additives).

Implementation and certification of an ISO 22000 management system:

  • represents the confirmation of a credible and responsible level of performance of food safety management;
  • ensures compliance with legal requirements;
  • helps to reduce losses by applying an effective control of raw materials to the finished product;
  • increases consumer, authority and market confidence;
  • helps to demonstrate safe food production in any dispute created by potential competitors or complaints about delivered products

ISO 22000:2018

On 19.06.2018, ISO (International Organization for Standardization) has published the standard ISO 22000:2018 - Food safety management systems -- Requirements for any organization in the food chain.

In accordance to IAF Resolution 2018-15, it was decided the period for transitioning accredited certifications to the next revision of ISO 22000:2005 is three years from the date of publication but not later than 29 June 2021.

Why a food safety management system?

For public health reasons: it is the most effective way to control food-related hazards, making it possible to prevent accidents caused by food and to keep consumers healthy.

For economic reasons: More and more organizations, such as hypermarkets, require suppliers to implement a more demanding food safety management system, which confers confidence on all customers and society, regarding the quality and safety of food.

For regulatory reasons: the food safety management system is a generally accepted requirement for regulatory bodies, control bodies and professional associations. National and European food safety regulations require that food business units identify the activities that are determinants of food safety and ensure that appropriate safety procedures are established, implemented, maintained and reviewed based on the principles used in international standards.

FSSC 22000 Scheme


Certification scheme recognized and accepted by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) along with other standards for evaluation of food safety management systems (BRC, IFS, etc.).


FSSC 22000 Scheme is applicable to:
  •  perishable products of animal origin (e.g.: meat products, poultry, eggs, dairy and fish);
  •  perishable plant products (e.g.: packed fresh fruit and juices, canned fruits, packaged fresh vegetables, preserved vegetables);
  •  products with a long shelf life at ambient temperature (e.g.: canned food, biscuits, snacks, oil, drinking water, beverages, pasta, flour, sugar, salt);
  •  biochemical manufacturing (e.g.: vitamins, additives, biocides, but excluding technological adjuvants);
  •  packaging for the food industry;
  •  animal feed;
  •  livestock;
  •  transport and storage;
  •  marketing;
  •  catering


CERTIND is an accredited certification body for food safety management systems and associate with the FSSC 22000 Foundation ( for food manufacturing (perishable animal products, mixed perishable animal and vegetable products and stable products at ambient temperature) and for production of packaging for food.

Why FSSC 22000

How to achieve FSSC 22000 – Q

How to achieve FSSC 22000 Certification

From ISO 22000 to FSSC 22000

The technical specifications for the preliminary programs can be obtained as follows:

ISO/ TS 22002-1: 2009

ISO/ TS 22002-2: 2013

ISO/TS 22002-3: 2011

ISO/TS 22002-4: 2013

ISO/TS 22002-5:2019

ISO/TS 22002-6: 2016

BSI PAS 221: 2013


Communication COID code

Foundation FSSC has published in April 2023 BoS-list-FSSC-22000-V6_April-2023, the technical document Requirements V6 upgrade process, and the documents of FSSC 22000 V.6 certification scheme.

Audits against the FSSC 22000 Scheme requirements V5.1 are only allowed latest March 31st, 2024.

Starting from April 1st, 2024 all audits will be conducted against the FSSC 22000 V.6 requirements.

Requirements FSSC 22000 V6 - April 2023

Scopes of the FSSC 22000 vs.6

Rules for certification of FSSC 22000 vs. 6

Guidance Food Loss and Waste

Guidance on food fraud mitigation FSSC 22000 vs.6

Guidance on food defense FSSC 22000 vs.6

Guide for Quality and Food Safety Culture

Guidance Environmental Monitoring

IMPORTANT: Obtaining and maintaining certification for food safety management systems is conditioned by the existence of authorization/ registration documents issued by the competent food safety control authority (ANSVSA, Ministry of Health, etc.).

Lack of evidence of authorization/ registration of activity under the Food Safety and Consumer Health Regulations makes it impossible to obtain certification of the Food Safety Management System/ Suspension/ Withdrawal/ Reduction of Certification, as the case may be.

If organizations certified for the Food Safety Management System are involved in food incidents, they are required to notify CERTIND as soon as possible by e-mail ( or by phone (+4021.313.36.51 or 0788.950.823)


1. Submitting the application for certification to CERTIND

2. Drafting and sending the certification offer to the CLIENT

3. Contracting - following the Clients’ acceptance of the offer

4. Assignment of the audit team by CERTIND

5. Audit planning - by mutual agreement between the auditor and client

6. Certification audit - is carried out in two stages: Stage I + Stage II

7. Granting the conformity certificate

8. Surveillance I Audit

9. Surveillance II Audit

10. Recertification

What is ISO?

What is a standard?

An international standard provides world class specifications for products, services and systems to ensure quality, safety and efficiency, thus helping to facilitate international trade.

What is RENAR?

Romanian Accreditation Association - RENAR, is a non-governmental, non-profit organization and is formally recognized as unique national accreditation body. More information on

What is IAS?

IAS-International Accreditation Service, from the United States of America is a non-profit corporation with the status of an accreditation body and has been providing accreditation services since 1975. More information at

What is FSSC 22000?

FSSC 22000 is a non-profit foundation based in the Netherlands and holds an independent certification scheme in the field of food safety. More information at

What is EMAS?

EMAS is the European environmental management tool designed to support organizations in the continuous improvement of environmental performance integrating the concept of sustainable development. More information at

What is a management system?

A management system represents the framework through which an organization sets its own policies and procedures to ensure that it can carry out all the tasks necessary to achieve its objectives and promote continuous improvement. Management systems allow an organization to establish and use best practices in conducting its own business. Management systems can be: Quality (ISO 9001), Environmental (ISO 14001), Food Safety (ISO 22000), Occupational Health and Safety (OHSAS 18001 / ISO 45001), Information Security (ISO / CEI 27001) etc., as well as combinations of these systems (integrated systems).

What is an integrated management system?

An integrated management system combines several management system standards (eg ISO 9001 + ISO 14001 + ISO 45001) into a single system to be exploited and managed more easily.

What is implementation?

Implementing a management system means establishing the processes that take place in the organization and harmonizing the organization's activity with the requirements of the reference standard(s).

What is the difference between “accreditation” and “certification”?

Accreditation: Accreditation is the formal recognition of a conformity assessment body (Certification Body) by an accreditation authority, that the Certification Body has the technical and organizational competence to perform a specific services in accordance with the technical standards and regulations described in the accreditation field.
Certification: Certification is the process by which an organization is assessed by a third party (Certification Body) to provide a written warranty (conformity certificate) that a product, process, system, or person meets the requirements of the reference standard(s).

What is the price of a certification?

Certification costs vary from one organization to another, depending on the field of activity, the number of employees, the number of locations of the organization and the number of standards for which certification is sought. For a customized offer please send the offer form.

Is the conformity certificate issued by CERTIND SA recognized in other countries?

If the certificate is issued under accreditation by CERTIND SA, the certificate should be recognized in those countries whose national accreditation bodies are signatories to the multilateral agreement EA, IAF and ILAC.

What is the validity of a certificate?

A conformity certificate is valid for 3 years, subject to annual surveillance audits. Before the certificate expires, the recertification audit takes place and the entire certification cycle is resumed.

Can a certificate be suspended/ withdrawn?

Yes. If the certified client incorrectly uses the conformity certificate(s) or the certification mark, does not allow the performance of surveillance audits or the findings of the surveillance audit is that the organization no longer complies with the requirements of the reference standard(s), the Certification Body may suspend / withdraw the certificate.

Can I get the certificate if I do not have the management system implemented?

No. If the management system in your organization does not meet the requirements of the applicable standard(s), the Certification Body will not grant you the conformity certificate(s).

Do I need certification?

You need certification if you want:
• permanently improve performance by coordinating and managing the organization in a systematic and planned manner;
• develop your business better through a clear and predictable evolutionary environment;
• better document the processes / activities to ease their understanding;
• ease the work of new employees through documented procedures;
• motivate and raise awareness of staff by defining key roles and responsibilities;
• involve employees in achieving the organization's goals;
• reduce costs by increasing efficiency and productivity, by better control of activity and flows;
• increase productivity by improving processes;
• keep control of non-compliant products / services;
• reduce the number of complaints;
• participate in auctions;
• continually improve your work by conducting internal audits.

What are the steps to obtaining certification?

1. Submitting the application for certification to CERTIND
2. Drafting and sending the certification offer to the CLIENT
3. Contracting - following the Clients’ acceptance of the offer
4. Assignment of the audit team by CERTIND
5. Audit planning - by mutual agreement between the auditor and client
6. The certification audit - is carried out in two stages: Stage I + Stage II
7. Granting the conformity certificate
8. Surveillance I Audit
9. Surveillance II Audit
10. Recertification

Is CERTIND SA an accredited certification body?

Yes. CERTIND holds multiple accreditations from the Romanian Accreditation Association – RENAR for both management systems and product conformity certification and also accreditations from the International Accreditation Service – IAS, United States of America, for management systems certification. For full information on CERTIND accreditations/ recognitions, please click here

CERTIND SA is a Notified Body for various EU directives?

CERTIND SA is a Notified Body, having the notification number NB 2174, for Regulation (EU) no. 305/2011 - Construction products.

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