You've Heard The Acronyms, Here's What They Mean
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9000 family of standards is the world’s best-known quality management standard. By focusing on consistency, key targets and transparency, ISO standards provide a strong foundation for developing regulation worldwide. With consumer safety at the core of its purpose, company practices are audited to ensure safety, performance and fitness for end-users.
Good manufacturing practices (GMP) are the standards required to conform to the batch-to-batch quality and safety benchmarks recommended by agencies that oversee the manufacture and sale of consumer goods. The purpose of GMP is always to prevent harm from occurring to the end user. Ongoing and thorough audits ensure procedures are followed, a recall system is in place and the environment is clean and controlled.
The Foundation Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000 uses international standards such as ISO 9001 to create a scheme for the auditing and certification of food safety management systems. Through meeting the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarking requirements, the scheme demonstrates those who attain FSSC 22000 certification produce to the highest food industry standards in the world.