Prerequisite Programs (PRP) for FSSC 22000
ISO 22000 requires in clause 7.2 that organizations shall select and implement specific
PRPs for basic hygiene conditions.
Organizations establishing, implementing and maintaining these PRPs shall consider
other appropriate information and utilize it accordingly. Such information shall include:
a) regulatory requirements;
b) recognized sector or product group codes of practices and guidelines;
c) customer requirements.
To facilitate the successful implementation of the food safety management system, the
conditions of the PRPs shall be;
c) approved and
ISO 22000:2005 does not specify these requirements as the standard is applicable to the
whole food chain and the basic hygiene requirements may vary considerably between
In order to clarify the requirements for PRPs and to allow for recognition by the Global
Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) of the Consumer Goods Forum, industry stakeholders have
developed detailed technical specifications covering sector pre-requisite programs
These technical specifications are used in addition to ISO 22000 to provide an agreed
interpretation. Exceptions shall be justified and documented where PRP requirements are
deemed not to be applicable in relation to the scope of the organization’s activities and
verified during an audit.
FSSC 22000 provides a certification Scheme for sectors where such a technical
specification for sector PRPs has been integrated as described in the scope (see table 1