FSSC 22000 version 4 was released in January 2017. Aligning the FSSC 22000 scheme with the benchmark requirements of the GFSI Version 7 has been the main reason for the revision. These updates to the scheme had become necessary in order to maintain status as a GFSI-benchmarked scheme. Certification to the new version is possible from January 2017 onwards. As of January 2018, certification to Version 4 is mandatory. Some of the main changes include:
In order to safeguard the credibility of FSSC 22000 certification and to comply with GFSI requirements, the new version of the FSSC scheme introduces unannounced audits – at least one of the two surveillance audits must be unannounced.
According to Version 4, certified organizations shall have a documented food fraud Food Defence and Food Fraud Prevention procedure in place.
The scope of FSSC 22000 has also been extended to include Catering (with ISO/TS 22002-2:2013) and Retail (with PAS 221 as the reference).