This program is a comprehensive HACCP-based food safety and quality management certification system for all sectors of the food industry, from primary production to transport and distribution. By separating the different products and industries into 35 food sector categories and seven standards, SQF is able to specialize in each division and offers a tailored module/audit template for each sector and level of maturity.
There are three levels of certification:
- Food Safety Fundamentals (previously Level 1) is an introductory food code for small and developing food businesses.
- Food Safety Code (previously Level 2) is HACCP based and is benchmarked by GFSI. The code is divided into food safety requirements for five food sectors: Primary Production, Retail, Manufacturing, Food Packaging and Storage, and Distribution.
- SQF Quality Code is a food quality code standard for sites already certified to one of the Food Safety Code standards.
There are also a number of benefits to buyers who purchase from suppliers using the SQF standard. Requiring SQF certification from suppliers helps protect an organization’s brand by focusing on hazard analysis, risk assessment and proactive prevention strategies. This promotes increased customer confidence throughout the world.
An added benefit is that the SQF Program provides online access to a list of SQF suppliers, along with their certification status and audit results, making it easy to identify potential suppliers.
SQF certification proves that your facility complies with the highest standards in the industry, and it is a standard that is widely accepted internationally and domestically.
The SQF Code documents, Summary of Changes, Guidance documents, Checklists, etc. are available free of charge on the SQF website.