The journey to FSSC 22000
ACP Europe was one of the first companies to receive FSSC 22000 certification from LRQA.
FSSC 22000 is a complete certification scheme for food safety management systems and is endorsed by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
It is based on ISO 22000, the global food safety management system standard and PAS 220, a standard developed to address prerequisite programme (PRP) requirements for food product and ingredient manufacturers.
Organisational benefits of FSSC 22000 certification
This is a crucial element on the path to FSSC 22000 certification in being able to assess the process based on the system’s ability to control all hazards in an effective and efficient manner.
As a specialist organisation with a suite of trusted products focused on excellence and supplier reliability, it was very important for ACP Europe to be one of the first companies to be certified to FSSC 22000.
FSSC 22000 certification with LRQA Business Assurance delivers credibility to ACP as an organisation and provides their customers with greater confidence. Given LRQA's international reputation, ACP's external stakeholders understand the positive signal that certification delivers. “When we say ACP is the best, the best at quality control and with the best products, our clients will believe it,” said ACP’s Stefan Speelmans.
“FSSC 22000 certification through LRQA Business Assurance will make it much easier for producers and suppliers like ACP to sell to a varied range of clients. We have greater control over our processes, and as a result, a more holistic view of our organisation. When we say ACP is the best, the best at quality control and with the best products, our clients will believe it.”
Stefan Speelmans, Health & Safety, Environmental and Quality Manager, ACP Europe
FSSC 22000 takes a systematic approach to managing the various processes involved in any kind of food-safety management system. As Mr Speelmans explained; "Things that you would ‘pay attention to’ in the past, now ask for 'meticulous control' under FSSC 22000 which in turn improves our process knowledge enormously, and allows ACP to have better risk management."
In response to food scares, major manufacturers and retailers have introduced bespoke standards. These can now be harmonised by using FSSC 22000 as a base, and adding company or supply chain specific additional requirements as necessary.
Organisational drivers for FSSC 22000 certification
For ACP Europe, food safety is embedded in their culture. As a specialist in the provision of carbon dioxide, ACP cannot afford any food safety issues. "FSSC 22000 delivers a whole new approach to risk management and quality assurance," explained Mr Speelmans. "Through LRQA Business Assurance, the whole network of interacting processes is assessed and monitored thus providing greater assurance to both internal and external stakeholders and protecting our brand reputation."
ACP's strong reputation saw them being approached to share their expertise in mitigating risks following a serious food crisis with a major drinks manufacturer in the 1990s. Although they were not an ACP client, ACP's commitment to food safety best practice and risk mitigation were called upon which culminated in the scare being resolved thanks in part to ACP's involvement.