The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certification is a rigorous food safety and quality program recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). The SQF food safety and quality codes are designed to meet consumer, industry, and regulatory requirements for all sectors of the food supply chain, from farm to fork.
As a food producer, achieving certification under the Safe Quality Food Certification scheme helps you assure your buyers that their food products have been grown, produced, processed, prepared and handled according to the highest standards of food safety and quality.
The SQF program links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification. QIMA/WQS offers SQF certification for all members of the food supply chain, under the following scopes:
Solutions for small and medium sized suppliers who want to implement or improve their food safety management program.
As food supply chains continue to evolve, the SQF has updated their code in order to continue to evolve alongside the global marketplace.
Edition 9 aligns with the latest GFSI benchmarking requirements and is designed to help you meet and exceed all industry, customer, and regulatory requirements to remain competitive across sectors.
Edition 9 will be mandatory as of May 24, 2021, however from now until then you are able to utilize version 8.1 for your audit.
Code Edition 9 - Overview and Highlight of Changes
These Food Sector Categories are now part of the Primary Production Code. FSC 2 is new under Ed. 9 and FSC 4 has been moved into this code as well.
Download SQF Codes Edition 9 here.
For SQF guidance, tips, and checklists, click here.
Is a site-specific, process, and product certification standard with an emphasis on the systematic application of CODEX Alimentarius Commission HACCP principles and guidelines for control of food safety and food quality hazards.
All applicable system elements and the relevant GAP & GMP module(s) are assessed as part of the SQF audit. Where an element is not applicable and appropriately justified, the SQF food safety audit marks it as "not applicable" (N/A) in the audit report.
Mandatory elements are designated with “Mandatory” in the system elements in the SQF Food Safety Code for Manufacturing, System Elements. Mandatory elements must be audited, and compliance/non-compliance reported (cannot be reported as “not applicable” or “exempt”).
The mandatory elements of an SQF food safety audit are:
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