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Certification Audits

FSNS Certification & Audit (FSNS C&A) is an independent Certification Body performing Certification audits licensed by BRC and SQF. Our Certification Body was implemented in January 2013 to assure quality certification services for our clients.

FSNS C&A has expanded its certification audits to include British Retail Consortium (BRC) Food, BRC Storage & Distribution, and Safe Quality Food (SQF) audits.


Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) is a global business driven initiative developed to ensure confidence in the delivery of safe food focusing on continuous improvement of food safety management systems.
All GFSI recognized schemes and standards contain requirements that go beyond those laid down in the Codex General Principles of Food Hygiene Code of Practice. These additional requirements are seen by the food industry as being important to food safety or at least highly desirable in order to ensure continuing compliance; good examples are product specifications, product analysis, purchasing procedures, internal audit and full product/ ingredient traceability. These supplementary requirements, by their very nature, add robustness and rigor to the base requirements of food safety principles and provide added confidence and further verification of processes. (Consumer Goods Forum, GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) Enhancing Food Safety through Third Party Certification, March 2011)

BRC Food:

The BRC implemented Issue 7 of the Global Standard for Food Safety in July 2015 and the new Issue 7 Standard addresses many of the key elements needed to produce safe, meet customer expectations, and regulatory requirement.

The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety, developed by retailers, was the first Standard in the world to be approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GSFI) benchmarking committee. Because the BRC Global Standards are meticulous and thorough, but also easy to follow and to comprehend, they are the most widely used of the GFSI standards, boasting more than 11,000 certified organizations throughout the world.

The BRC Standard places a strong emphasis on Management Commitment and a detailed HACCP Program as the basis of a successful food safety program. Furthermore, it emphasizes the importance on the overall commitment for Quality programs and their execution. The Standard's requirements are clearly defined and documented which provides consistent interpretation by the auditors and implementation by the audited facilities. This consistency promotes confidence in the certification process as a whole.
For more information please go to the following link - BRC Food Process

BRC Storage & Distribution:

BRC Storage and Distribution Issue 2 (BRC S&D) covers safety and quality of products from manufacturer through the end user. The standard covers food products, consumer products, and packaging materials.

Separated into modules the standard is applicable to a variety of warehousing, storage, and distribution scenarios.

  • Storage & Distribution
  • Wholesale
  • Contracted Services

The Storage and the Distribution modules have a common base covering:

  • Hazard and Risk Analysis System
  • Quality Management Systems – Based on the principles of ISO 9000 and including product traceability and management of recalls
  • The site environment and operating standards – including maintenance, cleaning and pest control, product handling and where applicable temperature controls
  • Vehicle Operating Standards
  • Facility Management
  • Good Operating Practices
  • Personnel – including the training and personal hygiene requirements for the staff

For more information please go to the following link - BRC S&D Process


SQF is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world who require a rigorous, credible food safety management system. Using the SQF certification program will help reduce assessment inconsistencies and costs of multiple assessment standards. What’s more, the SQF Program is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification. Administered by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), SQF benefits from continual retailer feedback about consumer concerns. These benefits are passed on to SQF certified suppliers, keeping them a step ahead of their competitors. (, February 18, 2013)

FSNS C&A have auditors qualified in both low risk and high risk categories. Our experienced, competent auditors provide superior audit experiences that are familiar with your industry.

For more information please go to the following link – SQF Process

ISO 22000/ISO 22002:

ISO 22000 is a Food Safety Management System that can be applied to any organization in the food chain, farm to fork. Becoming certified to ISO 22000 allows a company to show their customers that they have a food safety management system in place. This provides customer confidence in the product.

ISO 22002 specifies detailed requirements to be specifically considered in relation to ISO 22000: a) construction and layout of buildings and associated utilities; b) layout of premises, including workspace and employee facilities; c) supplies of air, water, energy, and other utilities; d) supporting services, including waste and sewage disposal; e) suitability of equipment and its accessibility for cleaning, maintenance and preventive maintenance; f) management of purchased materials; g) measures for the prevention of cross-contamination; h) cleaning and sanitizing; i) pest control; j) personnel hygiene.

Additional information can be found at the ISO 22000/ISO22002 PROCESS


The Food Safety System Certification program provides a framework for designing and improving your food safety management system. This GFSI bench-marked standard is based on a combination of ISO 22000, ISO 22002 and additional requirements developed by the Foundation FSSC. Additional information can be found at

FSNS Certification and Audit, LLC current operates under a provisional license to perform FSSC audits. Therefore, certificates issued until a permanent license is obtained will be unaccredited. The process for obtaining FSSC certification is outlined HERE

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