Food Safety

Independent assurance - helping you manage food safety and sustainability risks

The food industry faces rising food safety, environmental and social customer demands, tougher stakeholder and government requirements, brand issues, impacts and growth and profitability concerns. As the food supply chain becomes more complex, the challenges surrounding your brand, reputation and shareholder value inevitably increase.

From the largest manufacturers and processors to the smallest suppliers, LRQA’s range of food safety and sustainability assurance services can help you achieve your goals. we work with over 5,000 organisations of all sizes across the global food supply chain. We offer assessment, certification and training services for all of the global food safety standards and schemes including FSSC 22000, ISO 22000, ISO/TS 22002-1, PAS 223, HACCP, and BRC.

Our food safety experts serve as active members of the world’s leading food safety technical committees, including the ISO 22000 Technical Committee, the European Accreditation Board’s Food Committee, the Foundation for Food Safety Certification, and the Global Food Safety Initiative’s (GFSI) Technical Committee.

How to select the right food safety scheme?

One of the initial questions you may be asking is: "Which food safety scheme should my organisation use?". To answer this question, we have developed a guide which compares the different food safety standards and schemes and how they apply depending on your organisation's activities and needs. This comprehensive document will provide you with insights on various standards and schemes, their applications, and benefits it brings to your organisation. Download your copy now:

Food Safety Scheme Comparison Guide
Selecting the right scheme for your business

LRQA Food Fraud White Paper


Transition Timeline

Click on any of the standards below to check its timeline and how much time you have left to transition to the new standard.

Food Safety standards and schemes

LRQA has a long professional experience across the food sector for over 25 years, assisting with the development, formalization and improvement of food safety standard.

LRQA food safety experts serve as dynamic members of the world's leading food safety technical committees, including the ISO 22000 Technical Committee, the European Accreditation Board's Food Committee, the Foundation for Food Safety Certification, and the Global Food Safety Initiative's (GFSI) Technical Committee.

Training courses we offer

FSSC 22000

This training course provides participants with the knowledge needed to apply the requirements of ISO 22000 and PAS 220 (or the ISO equivalent ISO 22002-1). ISO 22000 covers FSMS requirements and PAS covers prerequisite programme requirements for food manufacturers. It also provides an overview of the FSSC 22000 scheme and the third party certification process. The FSSC 22000 scheme is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) approved scheme. The FSSC 22000 scheme competes with BRC Food, IFS and other GFSI approved food certification schemes in the food manufacturing sector. As such, this course will be of interest to clients who work for food manufacturers.

FSSC 22000 Appreciation and Interpretation

You will learn the key features of the Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 Scheme, the benefits of FSSC 22000 certification, and the Structure and principal requirements in ISO 22000

FSSC 22000 Internal Auditor

You will learn the role management systems and internal audits play in helping business manage their risks, an overview of the FSSC standards ISO 22000/22002 and the roles and responsibilities of an Internal FSSC Auditor

FSSC 22000 Lead Auditor

This IRCA registered course provides delegates with a detailed knowledge of ISO 22000 (which covers requirements for a food safety management system for any organisation in the food chain) and ISO 22002-1, (which covers prerequisite programmes on food safety in the food and drink manufacturing sector). It provides an in-depth account of the audit process and its application when auditing a food manufacturing operation. There is much practical work during the course. Each delegate will have at least 3 opportunities to carry out an audit.

HACCP Principles, Interpretation & Application

This one-day course offers guidance about HACCP principles based on the Codex Alimentarius requirements, how to align a HACCP system with a management system based on ISO 22000 and ISO 9001, and much more.

ISO 22000 Internal Auditor

You will need to attend this course if you want to carry out internal audit of Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) against ISO 22000 requirements

ISO 22000 Lead Auditor

We offer courses to help you to develop and maintain a management system that meets the requirements of ISO 22000.