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The new Version 5 of FSSC 22000 was published 28 May 2019. It is freely available electronically at https://www.fssc22000.com/scheme/scheme-documents/. Part II of the FSSC 22000 Scheme Version 5 documentation describes certification requirements for organisations.

Summary of Changes
The main reasons for the new version are to ensure its compatibility with ISO 22000:2018, compliance with the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarking requirements and to resolve some issues raised with the previous version (Version 4.1).
Most of the changes are in the certification body’s management of the certification process but there are some important changes for clients as described below.

Congratulations to our new Senior Lead Auditors; Bruce Marett, Sean Moules and Sean Bates.

TQCSI has been selected as a panel member of preferred suppliers for the provision of Principal Safety Audits for the Woolworths Group in Australia.

Emp of Yr

Craig Bates, President of TQCSI, and wife, Louise, visited Fukuoka, Japan, today to present the TQCSI Employee of Year Award to Ayumi Akashi of TQCSI (OCO). Ayumi won the Award from candidates in TQCSI offices in 29 countries.

General Manager of TQCSI (OCO), Kunio Tobata, hosted an excellent dinner in one of Japan’s finest restaurants with a number of staff enjoying a uniquely Japanese fare and the finest of Japanese sake to celebrate the occasion.

Craig China


Craig Bates, President of TQCSI, visited TQCSI (China)’s offices in Shanghai this week and presented the Regional Office of the Year Award to Liu Changyi (Alex), General Manager of TQCSI (China).

TQCSI (China) was selected as the most professional of TQCSI’s 29 Regional Offices throughout Asia, the Middle East, northern Africa and western Europe and is approaching 3,000 certificates; by far the most of any TQCSI Office.

Keith Ketheeswaran

Keith Ketheeswaran, Director Governance and Performance Assurance for The GEO Group Australia Pty Ltd, is retiring this week.

Keith is respected as a doyen in Australia’s quality industry and has been a long serving director for Australia’s largest and most respected private operator of prisons, GEO. I met Keith in the mid 1990’s when he was Managing Director of QAS (now SAI Global) and even back then he led the charge for organisations to embrace risk management in their decision making.

Late last year, an independent arbitration determined that any extended distribution agreement with SAI Global will be non-exclusive.  Accordingly, Standards Australia is moving beyond the exclusive distribution arrangements that have been in place with SAI Global since 2003.

Standards Australia is committed to implementing the new arrangements later this year.

In the meantime, Australia Standards will continue to be distributed through SAI Global and Standards Australia will be providing details on its consultation over the coming months.

At last, we should see a resolution to an inept political decision made 15 years ago that has allowed an unfair advantage in the certification industry.

Ayumi Akashi

Congratulations to Ms Ayumi Akashi of TQCSI (OCO Japan) – Ayumi-san is a loyal and dedicated Office Administrator who has ensured 100% compliance of the Office with TQCSI procedures. She liaises with auditors and clients in a most professional manner. Ayumi-san is completely reliable and facilitates translation of audit reports in a timely manner.


Congratulations to Robert Thompson of TQCSI (Australia) for being selected as TQCSI's 2018 Auditor of the Year. Rob is an experienced QMS/EMS/OHS Senior Lead Auditor who has worked for TQCSI for many years. He has a thorough understanding of the Standards and is consistently complimented by clients for his auditing and adds value to their certification. His audit reports are detailed and meet all requirements. Rob is thoroughly reliable and is a wonderful mentor to new auditors, despite his photo!


Congratulations to An Phat plastic and green environment joint stock company - Factory 6 for being awarded TQCSI's International Client of the Year for 2018. An Phat is one of Vietnam’s leading manufacturers of PE plastic bags with an excellent commitment to high quality packaging, environmental sustainability, safety of food packaging and continual improvement.

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