Expanding the scope of the IAF MLA
The IAF MLA is reviewed on an on-going basis to better serve the needs of stakeholders. A number of evaluations of private sector schemes to become IAF MLA sub-scopes were in progress in 2021, and Foundation FSSC’s FSSC 22000 certification scheme was endorsed on 12 March 2021.
FSSC 22000 outlines requirements for the audit and certification of food safety management systems (FSMS) or FSMS and quality management systems (QMS) for organizations in the food supply chain. Based on ISO/IEC 17021-1 and ISO/TS 22003, it provides the standard and framework for independent, recognized third party management system certification of animal farming, food, feed, biochemicals and packaging (materials) manufacturing, transport and storage, catering and retail/wholesale organizations. FSSC 22000 has been benchmarked and recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative since 2010.
The RAGs extended their scopes to broaden the reach and value of the IAF MLA, and also to address the needs of their regional members. Regional developments that took place in 2021 include: