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According to the press release of 21.07.2017, FSSC22000 Organization announced the release of a new version of the FSSC 22000 scheme Version 4.1 – July 2017.

A few months after the release of version 4 of Scheme FSSC 22000 in December 2016, comes the new revision due to developments such as:

• The publication of GFSI Benchmarking Requirements document version 7.0 in March 2017 and version 7.1 in May and the expected release of version 7.2 in September
• The evaluation of FSSC 22000 version 4.1 against European Accreditation (EA) procedure EA-1/22 led by the Dutch Accreditation Council (RvA)
• Need for clarification and correction of the text of FSSC 22000 version 4.0 due to feedback received from industry, certification and accreditation bodies.

The main changes between versions 4.0 and 4.1 relate to the addition of new definitions, many textual improvements, the structure of the inspection report, the auditor competence, clarification of the classification of the audit findings and the timetable for implementation of corrective actions, as well as clarifications on the scope (FSSC organization, with the publication of version 4.0, announced the scope extension of the Scheme to transport and storage companies, food service / catering, wholesale / retail Industries).
Clarifications are also given for “unannounced audits”. In particular, one of the system inspections during the 3 year period of validity of the certificate will necessarily be an unannounced audit and must be carried out within 12 months of the (re) certification date or within 12 months of the last day of the previous scheduled Surveillance audit.
Some changes also concern requirements for Food Defense and Food Fraud. The organization should carry out a risk assessment to identify possible Food Defence Threats and Food Fraud Vulnerabilities and to establish appropriate mitigation measures in compliance with legal requirements. Policies, procedures and records should be included in a food fraud prevention plan supported by the organization’s Food Safety Management System for all its products.

Until 31 December 2017, audits may be conducted in accordance with current version 3 of FSSC 22000.
After 1 January 2018, all the audits will be carried out in accordance with version 4.1 of the Scheme.
In case of re-certification after a successful upgrade audit, an FSSC 22000 version 4.1 certificate is issued with a validity period of three years. In case of a surveillance audit after a successful upgrade audit, an FSSC 22000 version 4.1 certificate is issued for the remaining validity period of the certificate.

An overview of the changes and the new Scheme requirements can be downloaded for free from the FSSC 22000 website.