SQF Certification

SQF Certification Key Points:

SQF is a food safety management system certification scheme. This means that in order to be certified, a company must build a food safety management system that includes all the required processes and requirements defined in the SQF Code.

SQF is a HACCP based system. A company with SQF Certification will have a comprehensive Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety plan that follows the CODEX Alimentarius Commission HACCP Principles.

SQF has 3 levels of certification to choose from. An organization may choose any level, depending on what their certification goals are:

  • Level 1: GMP (this level is not recognized by GFSI)
  • Level 2: Food Safety Management System Certification
  • Level 3: Food Safety and Quality Management System Certification

Organizations from many different sectors of the food industry can achieve certification by applying the applicable modules or modules of the code.

SQF Certification is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative, GFSI. This means that the certification is well recognized worldwide. Other GFSI recognized schemes include FSSC 22000, BRC and IFS. Download Free SQF Quick Start Guide

Learning about SQF

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Why SQF?

In today's global marketplace it is getting more and more challenging to ensure food safety all along the food chain. Retailers and large food processors and manufacturers are depending on their suppliers to provide safe products and ingredients. This is driving the demand for food safety certification programs to help instill the confidence organization need to have in their suppliers.

If you have been asked to obtain certification, SQF is one of your choices. Many customers are looking for a certification that is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and SQF is one of those recognized standards. (See Others)

SQF is well accepted throughout the food industry. Some features of SQF certification include the three levels of certification to choose from, a number of modules to choose from for the appropriate GMPs for your industry segment, a scored certification audit, and the incorporation of unannounced audits to be implemented in 2014.

How to achieve Certification

22000-Tools provides you with the knowledge and tools that you need for a successful certification project. Our online training programs walk you through each step of designing, documenting and implementing your system so you are ready for your certification audit. Versions are available for Food Processors, Pet Food Processors and Food Packaging Manufacturers. Our SQF course series includes:

A. Introduction to System Elements

B. Food Safety Fundamentals

C. The Gap Analysis Checklists and Tutorial

D. SQF Templates and Training

E. SQF Internal Auditing

You may register for the courses one by one, or order the complete series in our "Complete Training Package". For a facility-wide training solution, order our "Premium Package". This package provides your project leader with the complete training and multiple log-ins to allow you to train others in your management team, food safety team and internal audit team. For multi-site organizations we can provide a Corporate Solution. Contact us for a custom quote for Premium Packages for each site, 800-746-3174.