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SQF

SQF is a food safety certification standard. SQF certified companies have successfully completed a certification audit by a third party auditor showing that their food safety system meets the requirements of the SQF code.

What is SQF?

SQF Levels

SQF was available in 2 levels in Edition 7.2 and earlier: SQF Level 2 (Food Safety) and SQF Level 3 (Food Safety and Quality). This has changed in Edition 8.

SQF Levels

SQF Modules

The SQF Code has different requirements specific to different industry segments so different types of food companies can use the SQF Code to build a system that is right for them. Each organization must identify the modules that apply, and meet those requirements. .

SQF Modules

SQF Requirements

The specific requirements of SQF are available to you in the free downloadable code. We offer a summary of the requirements for your review.

SQF Requirements

How Long?

The average time for implementation is approximately one year. Your timeframe may vary. We offer points to consider.

How Long Does it Take?

Benefits of SQF

We have a list of the top reasons sited by our customers and visitors for investigating and pursuing SQF certification.

Benefits of SQF

SQF Practitioner

What is an SQF Practitioner? What are their Responsibilities? How to be qualified to be a Practitioner.

SQF Practitioner

SQF FAQs

We have collected the most common questions about SQF and answer them for you.

SQF FAQs

Train the Practitioner

Meet the requirements for SQF Training for the Practitioner. Convenient online access! Learn at your own pace and print certificate of completion.

Train the Practitioner

Train your Team

Train your Practitioner and your Food Safety Team with convenient online training and a special discounted package price.

SQF Training for the Team

SQF Intro Training

Introduce SQF Edition 8 and its requirements to management and employees!

Introduction to SQF

SQF Gap Analysis

Download your audit checklists and learn how to start your project with a Gap Analysis Audit.

SQF Gap Analysis

SQF Templates

Download ready-to-edit SQF manual and templates and learn how to plan, design and document your SQF Food Safety Management System.

SQF Templates

Internal Auditor Training

Gain the qualifications and skills you need in order to audit your company's SQF system effectively and with confidence. Convenient, online training.

Online Internal Auditor Training

SQF Checklists

Downloadable internal Audit checklists, procedure template and forms.

SQF Audit Checklists

Implementation Team

Our years of experience have resulted in a very effective method of implementation using a Team Approach.

Implementation Team

Steering Team

We use one Team to lead the project, and call this the SQF Steering Team. The function of the team is very important.

Steering Team

What is Gap Analysis

One of the first steps in your Food Safety Management System (FSMS) implementation project is to compare your current FSMS to the requirements of the SQF Code. This is most commonly called a Gap Analysis.

What is a Gap Analysis?

Project Plan

Determining your project goals and setting your timeline

SQF Project Plan

Improvement

Using and improving your system before your certification audit. This is an important step for being prepared.

Using and Improving