FSSC 22000 has published a new revision that will become mandatory on April 1, 2021. Learn what the background is and what changes you can expect below.

The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) has updated its benchmarking requirements. This means that GFSI recognized food standards such as IFS, BRCGS and FSSC 22000 have to implement the new or changed GFSI requirements in their own standard in a timely manner. FSSC 22000 has now complied with the request and published version 5.1 on November 3, 2020.

Key changes of GFSI 2020 include requirements specific to multi-site certification, product design & development, and food safety culture. The Scheme has, therefore, been updated to ensure compliance with these changes. With regard to the food safety culture, FSSC 22000 already meets all the requirements of the GFSI because the ISO 22000: 2018 standard has already dealt with these issues. For this reason, FSSC 22000 has published a guidance document that demonstrates how the requirements for the food safety culture are met. You can download all documents for version 5.1 free of charge here.


The new version was published on November 3, 2020. The revision will become mandatory on April 1, 2021.


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There is no more doubt about it: Germany will introduce legislation on human rights due diligence. Companies have to be prepared for the new legislation to be passed by summer 2021 at the latest. In this article, we have summarized the latest developments regarding the human rights due diligence law.

In 2016, the German government introduced a National Action Plan (NAP) on business and human rights. The action plan set the framework for human rights due diligence, but lacked legal, enforceable requirements for businesses. In order to find out whether additional regulation was needed, the government ordered a large-scale survey (NAP-monitoring). In the course of this survey, German-based organisations with more than 500 employees were asked whether they have integrated the five so-called core elements defined in the NAP.

The five core elements of due diligence

  1. A public policy statement on respect for human rights is available
  2. There is a process for identifying actual and potentially adverse effects on human rights (risk analysis).
  3. Corresponding measures to prevent and control their effectiveness have been introduced.
  4. The company reports on its impacts
  5. The company establishes or participates in a grievance mechanism.

The results of the survey were presented in August, with a sobering result: just 13 to 17 percent of all companies surveyed fully meet the requirements of the NAP. This means that over 80 % of the companies surveyed have failed to implement at least one of the five key elements of the human rights due diligence model as presented in the NAP.


The content of the human rights due diligence law (in German: Lieferkettengesetzt) is not yet clear. Handelsblatt, one of the leading media outlets, reports on a tiered liability: “The closer the relationship with the supplier and the greater the possibility of influence, the greater the responsibility for implementing corporate due diligence”.


Germany wants to use its EU Council Presidency to draft a European supply chain law. Whether the six months will actually be enough to push through the initiative remains to be seen.

But even if regulation at EU-level falls through, observers expect that Germany will pass a law in this legislative period anyhow, out of concern that a possible next government with the participation of the Green party will push for stricter forms of regulation.

We will be happy to keep you up to date on further developments. Contact us if you have any questions and sign up for our newsletter to receive regular updates!


As an independent audit and assessment provider, we can support your due diligence processes with the following services:

– Gap analysis and validation of your due diligence procedures

– Human Rights Assessments

– Social and environmental compliance audits

– Supplier audits across the globe

– Training and capability building

– Verification of sustainability reporting


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Welcome to an​other interesting mix of customers stories, information about standards and a look at what is possible in the virtual world of management systems!

Internal audits are a necessary part of any management system, certified or not. And while they may not be everybody's favorite part, there are ways to make them not only effective, but interesting. Don't believe us? Read here what DQS GmbH has to say on this topic.

And while you're having fun reading about TOPS and FLOPS, continue with an article about a truly entertaining customer of DQS Inc.: Choreography by Gail is a two-person casting and artistic service that adds glitter to an auditor's report. Curious? Enjoy!

Do you like sea buckthorn? From our colleagues of DQS Russia comes a brief about their activities in Mongolia that puts this plant front and center, along with the certification of one of their largest hospitals.

For those who know him, look forward to Frank Graichen's take on how to approach RISK in the context of ISO 9001 - and for all others, Frank is everybody's favorite auditor trainer, as well as one of our top experts on this subject. If there are any "effects on uncertainty" still in your mind, he will turn them into opportunities.

Which is what DQS GmbH did, actually, when they decided to "go virtual" with their annual customer event, hosting their first Online Congress and Trade Fair a few weeks ago. It was a grand success and well worth the huge amount of effort that went into it, judging by what attendees said.

We close the issue with a news item confirming the Notification of our MED subsidiary, which will be of interest to anybody looking for CE marking in that field.

The editorial staff and contributors hope you will enjoy this issue.

Dieter Stadler and the Corporate Marketing Team

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