The BISSC (Baking Industry Sanitation Standards Committee) was formed in 1949 to develop and
publish voluntary standards for the design and construction of bakery equipment which today are
recognized as the definitive sanitation standards for equipment used in the baking industry.
In addition, the BISSC Office of Certification was established in 1966 to promote greater
recognition and use of equipment conforming to the criteria of BISSC standards. The Office of
Certification offers two equipment certification programs to manufacturers with equipment built to
ANSI/ASB/Z50.2-2013 Sanitation Standard for the Design of Bakery Equipment criteria:
- Certification - manufacturers who can warrant that equipment conforms to the criteria
of the ANSI/ASB/Z50.2-2013 Sanitation Standard for the Design of Bakery Equipment can display the BISSC Certified symbol on the equipment
- Third-Party Verification - manufacturers already registered and certified with BISSC who
successfully pass a third-party inspection by a BISSC-appointed independent testing agency can
display the BISSC Verified symbol.
BISSC and AIB
BISSC is a not-for-profit corporation that, working with the American Society of Baking Z50 Committee,
developed an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standard for the design of bakery equipment.
The standard provides guidance for a variety of manufacturing equipment regarding proper design for
sanitation and food safety. A copy of the standard can be downloaded
Certification is the most common method used by manufacturers to verify their compliance with
the standard. Manufacturers are required to have at least one BISSC-trained individual on site
to certify equipment; click here for BISSC
Certification Requirements. Manufacturers pay an annual registration fee per company and can then authorize specific
equipment for a fee per model and apply for certification. The in-house trained inspector and a
company official attests in
writing that their equipment meets the design criteria in the ANSI/ASB/Z50.2-2013 Sanitation Standard and become
certified. This allows them to apply the BISSC Certified label on the specific equipment.
A third party can also verify the standard is met. A company must be registered and the equipment
certified before applying for verification. An AIB representative will visit the manufacturer, inspect
the equipment and verify that it complies with the design criteria. The company can then apply the
BISSC Verified label to the specific equipment and market their product as BISSC Verified.
BISSC became a wholly-owned subsidiary of AIB International in 2007. This decision was made in an effort to enhance the
BISSC certification program
and promote the ANSI/ASB/Z50.2 Sanitation Standard. "It is our goal to improve the respectability of the certification
program and promote the improved design of bakery equipment," said Jon Anderson, who managed the BISSC
program for AIB.
Baking Industry Sanitation Standards Committee
PO Box 3999
Manhattan, KS 66505-3999
Phone: 866-342-4772 (U.S. and Canada)