Rules of Certification for FSSC 22000

Rules of Certification for FSSC 22000

These ‘TQCSI Rules of Certification for FSSC 22000’ have been developed in accordance with the policies and procedures of The Foundation for Food Safety Certification and compliment the ‘TQCSI Rules of Certification’.  TQCSI clients certified against FSSC 22000 are expected to comply with, both, the ‘TQCSI Rules of Certification’ and these ‘TQCSI Rules of Certification for FSSC 22000’.

These ‘TQCSI Rules of Certification for FSSC 22000’ have been developed in accordance with the policies and procedures of The Foundation for Food Safety Certification and compliment the ‘TQCSI Rules of Certification’.  TQCSI clients certified against FSSC 22000 are expected to comply with, both, the ‘TQCSI Rules of Certification’ and these ‘TQCSI Rules of Certification for FSSC 22000’.

TQCSI provides independent, third party auditing and certification of management systems operated by clients seeking compliance to FSSC 22000 and other standards.

TQCSI, a proprietary company registered in Australia on 5 August 1994, is an independently owned and managed certification body operating throughout Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  TQCSI is accredited by JAS-ANZ (www.jas-anz.com.au).

A requirement of the FSSC 22000 Scheme is for TQCSI to share client information concerning certified clients with the Scheme owners, The Foundation and, as required and when appropriate, with governmental authorities.

 

In addition to the General Conditions described in the TQCSI Rules of Certification, each FSSC 22000 client must comply with the following:

  • TQCSI may suspend certification if the client fails to take sufficient corrective action to close a major nonconformity within one month of identification or any other shorter period of time determined by TQCSI based on the associated risk. In the event of non-completion of the approved corrective action, it will be elevated to a critical nonconformity. Failure to complete the approved corrective action for any critical nonconformity will result in immediate suspension for a maximum period of six months and certification will then be cancelled if not effectively resolved.
  • One of the two surveillance audits in any certification cycle is to be unannounced. Should the certified client refuse entry to the audit team, the client will be liable for all costs involved. In the event the client refuses to participate in the unannounced audit, certification will be immediately suspended and TQCSI will cancel certification if the unannounced audit is not conducted within six months.
  • Only those activities of the client determined by TQCSI, including those relevant departments and sites, are to be covered under the scope of certification.
  • The client is to inform TQCSI within three working days of any significant changes which may affect the management system fulfilling requirements of FSSC 22000 or which require extension or changes to the scope of certification, including legal, commercial, organisational status or ownership; organisation and management (eg key managerial, decision making or technical staff); organisational name, contact address and site details; scope of operations and product categories covered by the management system, including multiple sites; management system and/or processes; or any other change that renders the information on the certificate inaccurate. TQCSI will determine the action required to maintain confidence that the management system meets the requirements of the Standard or, in the case of an extension to scope, will decide whether or not extension may be granted. The client is required to seek TQCSI’s advice in cases where there is doubt over the significance of a change.
  • TQCSI will need to conduct a site visit to examine the consequences and determine any audit activities necessary.
  • The client is to inform TQCSI within three working days of any significant event that may affect the fulfilment of the respective management system. A significant event may include:
  • legal proceedings, a legal notice of required action from a government authority for a breach of legislation or regulations (eg food safety breach);
  • events which may not necessarily be a breach of legislation or regulations but are considered significant (eg a food recall);
  • where the management system fails to detect and control compromised product, the client is to take immediate action to recall the product from the market and inform TQCSI (TQCSI will assess corrective action taken following the recall, determine any consequences to maintain certification and inform The Foundation of recalls which affect the integrity of the Scheme);
  • major threats to business continuity such as an earthquake, fire, flood, tsunami or unforeseeable force.
  • The issue of a Certificate of Registration in no way implies that the client’s product or service is approved by JAS-ANZ or any government department.
  • Auditors may occasionally be accompanied by TQCSI, JAS-ANZ or The Foundation witness assessors for monitoring of TQCSI processes. This will not incur any cost to the client nor impede the scheduled audit in any manner.

 

The TQCSI Certification Mark is only to be used in reference to the site for which it applies and is not to be affixed directly to the product, product packaging, including outer packaging, or be used in such a way that product certification may be implied.  This applies equally to the JAS-ANZ Accreditation Mark and the FSSC 22000 logo.

Clients may not use a statement on product packaging or in accompanying information to state they have a certified management system for FSSC 22000 certification.

Use of the relevant TQCSI Certification Mark is encouraged on stationery, literature and publicity material.  Similarly, the JAS-ANZ Accreditation Mark may be used by clients but only when it is accompanied by the TQCSI Certification Mark.  The same applies to the use of the FSSC logo by certified clients. When more than one of these Marks is used, they are to be proportioned such that neither Mark takes precedence over the other.  When using the TQCSI Certification Mark on letterhead, stationery, literature or publicity material, it is to be accompanied by the Registration Number and Standard to which certification applies. The TQCSI Certification Mark, JAS-ANZ Accreditation Mark and FSSC 22000 logo are available through the local TQCSI Office.

The TQCSI and JAS-ANZ Marks, and FSSC 22000 logo, may be reproduced in a single colour to conform to existing company stationery or newspaper and magazine article colouring, however it cannot be reproduced in a combination of colours from that specified by TQCSI.  The Mark must also be reproduced clearly distinguishable and legibly, and is not to be used in any misleading manner.

 

The annual registration fee referred to on the Trade Mark Licence Agreement (Certification Contract) for FSSC 22000 clients will also include the fee payable to The Foundation.

 

 

TQCSI will maintain a register of all clients who have achieved certification and maintain that certification through TQCSI. The Register, known as the List of Certified Organisations, will be made available to the public through the TQCSI website (www.tqcsi.com).  Additionally, all clients registered with TQCSI under a program for which TQCSI is accredited will automatically be included in the JAS-ANZ Register (www.jas-anz.org) and the Quality Trade website (www.qualitytrade.com), as appropriate.

FSSC 22000 clients will be also registered in The Foundation’s FSSC 22000 database of certified organisations. All FSSC Scheme documents and the list of certified organisations are available at www.fssc22000.com.

 

Vision

Phoenix Progressive Certifications Enterprise Pvt. Ltd. operates in the name of TQCSI Advance Certifications Pvt. Ltd. in India and is focused on adding value to its customers through the process of certification. We shall provide Certification Services in line with national and international accreditation criteria at all times maintaining the ethical and professional code expected of the organization by its suppliers, its competitors and by society.
To uphold and enhance the reputation of TQCSI Advance Certifications Pvt. Ltd. through the quality of service provided
To set the standard for the imparting of professional and objective certification
To add value to the supplier’s operation through the use of experienced auditors with specific knowledge of the industry being audited.

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