Free Webinar: ISO 22000 to FSSC 22000

Craig Bates, President & Managing Director at TQCS International explains in this short lecture how FSSC 22000 is changing the industry with its positive impacts, and why your company might need it.

Understand how to get certified against this standard, and learn about the key steps needed to transition from ISO 22000 to FSSC 22000.


Some of the topics discussed in this short masterclass:

• New ISO 22000:2018 requirements
• ISO 22000:2005 to ISO 22000:2018
• New FSSC 22000:2018 requirements
• FSSC 22000 – Version 4.1 vs Version 5
• ISO 22000:2018 to FSSC 22000 (Version 5)

Learn more about FSSC 22000:

What is FSSC 22000?

Is FSSC 22000 the Answer?

What is the best third-party certification option for your business?


TQCSI has, this month, overtaken SAI Global as the largest JAS-ANZ accredited, management systems certification body in Australia!

From humble beginnings in Adelaide in 1995, TQCS commenced auditing and certifying Australian companies for their management systems. Now the Company has grown to become the country’s biggest management systems certifier operating throughout the world.

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Congratulations TQCSI (China) for being approved by CNCA for auditing and certifying clients to ISO 27001 (Information security management systems - Requirements).

TQCSI is accredited by JAS-ANZ for certifying clients to ISO 27001 and can now do so in China having met all government requirements.

General Manager of TQCSI (China), Liu Changyi, took great pleasure in informing TQCSI's President, Craig Bates, of the milestone over the weekend. TQCSI (China) is expecting to roll ISO 27001 certification out to many of its existing ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & ISO 45001 clients.


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Who’d be in the food business with the plethora of regulatory, industry and customer standards, codes, audits and other pre-requisites to satisfy? Seems like you need a good full-time Compliance Manager just to keep up – and who can afford that?

That’s why the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) was established; to benchmark food safety programs, which organisations can implement with the assurance that it will satisfy all of their major customers’ requirements. Superior organisations would simply require their suppliers to be certified to any one of those GFSI recognised certification programs.

ISO 22000 was published in 2005 establishing an ISO food safety management system standard for the first time. It filled a void because HACCP certification was not based on any particular standard, rather only the based on CODEX Alimentarius Guidelines (except for a handful of approved codes throughout the world such as TQCSI’s HACCP Code). But GFSI required a little more; specifically, compliance with industry norms.

Components of GFSI recognised schemes:


What is the benefit of FSSC 22000?

FSSC 22000 was established by the Foundation incorporating ISO 22000, the respective Pre-requisite Program (PRP) for the specific industry and some fundamental GFSI specific requirements. The beauty of FSSC 22000 is that is the only GFSI recognised certification programs that is based on a management system, which fundamentally allows organisations to achieve food safety outcomes the way they want rather than following a prescriptive specification. There are absolute requirements within the PRPs, of course, but fundamentally FSSC 22000 allows organisations to develop their own food safety management system that best suits them providing they can assure the safety of food.

Is FSSC 22000 a challenge?

There are challenges with FSSC 22000 though. Unlike ISO Standards, certification bodies (CBs) have to meet the requirements of, both, the Program owner (the Foundation) and the respective accreditation body. It is an expensive program, largely because of the extra fees CBs have to pay the Foundation for each certificate on top of the normal accreditation costs. Also, it is administered in a very bureaucratic fashion by the Foundation, much more so than an ISO accredited program, which adds significant compliance costs for CBs who obviously need to pass those costs on to their clients.

How TQCSI would help you with FSSC 22000 Certification?

TQCSI operates in many countries have is that auditors must audit have five separate clients each year to maintain their registration. That might not sound onerous but FSSC auditors are only able to audit in specific industry categories, which means CBs need significant numbers of clients in each country to ensure there are enough audits for the auditors to meet their requirement. It’s very much a chicken and egg situation for CBs, even for TQCSI which certifies more ISO 22000 and HACCP clients than any other JAS-ANZ accredited CB.

Is FSSC the answer?

Certainly, it lifts food safety compliance to a new level and demands best practice. Certainly, it’s the best GFSI option. It can be very difficult for small organisations to implement a System to meet the requirements and forget it if your premises are not hygienic. Most of the work is in the development of the System; Hazard Control Plans, Food Defence and Food Fraud Mitigation Plans, procedures, monitoring, etc. Few small and medium sized organisations would be able to implement it themselves and would need some expert assistance. Once certified though, it’s not difficult to retain certification and there is little difference between ISO 22000 and FSSC 22000 in the work required to maintain certification. So, as long as each new version of the Standard does not impose unrealistic requirements, FSSC 22000 may well be the food safety management system standard of choice for many years to come.



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TQCSI is pleased to announce Wayne Gobert OAM has joined the Company as an Area Manager and Auditor in the Sydney Region.

Wayne enjoyed a distinguished career in the Royal Australian Navy before he pursued human resources management. Since then he has enjoyed senior positions leading ‘People & Culture’ in major Australian organisations.

An Integrated Management System (IMS) Lead Auditor Course will be held at Quality House in Adelaide, South Australia, 9-13 September.

The five day course includes the following Exemplar Global TPECS Modules:
• Module AU – Auditing management systems
• Module QM – Auditing quality management systems (ISO 9001)
• Module EM – Auditing environmental management systems (ISO 14001)
• Module OH – Auditing OHS management systems (ISO 45001)
• Module TL – Leading auditing teams.

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A Sovereign Industrial Capability Priority Grant has been awarded to TQCSI by the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) on behalf of the Australian Government. The Grant is to facilitate TQCSI undertaking testing, evaluation, auditing, certification and systems assurance.

TQCSI will be the first Australian company to certify organisations to the ASD quality standards for the Aviation, Space and Defence (ASD) industries. Certification against the same standards will also be provided by TQCSI’s Indigenous arm, TQCSI-Yaran, the only Indigenous based certifier in Australia.

                                             TQCSI  HR Code

@TQCSI has launched the TQCSI Human Resources Compliance Code, believed to be the first of its type in the world. Published in August 2019, the HR Compliance Code was developed following consultation with ‘people and culture’ professionals, including international experts.

The HR Compliance Code is intended to be used as a guide for organisations who wish to implement a management system ensuring they respect legislation, agreements and conventions people work under.

TQCSI audits and certifies a number of high-end hotel chains throughout Asia, many of whom are dedicated to sustainable operations and committing significant resources to do so. Best practice is to compliment these sustainable operations with certification to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001 & ISO 22000.

Interestingly, late last year, ISO released ISO 21401, Tourism and related services – Sustainable management systems for accommodation establishment – Requirements.

This new Standard specifies environmental, social and economic requirements to implement a sustainability management system for aspects that can be controlled by the hotel. It won’t be long before better hotels integrate ISO 21401 with their integrated management system.

All ISO management system standards (MSS) follow ISO's high-level structure, which has significantly improved the understanding and integration of MSS. The high-level structure has been in use since 2012 through an instrument known as 'Annex SL'. Annex SL is now being reviewed and a new version will be published in 2020. ISO MSS are continually evolving and improving.

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