SQF Food Safety Auditors review your documentation and the effective implementation of your documented policies, procedures, and specifications. Auditors collect evidence of compliance or non-compliance against all mandatory and applicable elements of the SQF Code by reviewing documentation and records, interviews with key staff, and observation of operational and cleaning activities.
Once your audit has been completed, the audit report is uploaded to the SQF Assessment Database for certification body review. If your audit report contains non-conformances, you will need to address them and upload proof of corrective actions taken for the auditor to review. Following approval of your corrective actions, the audit process is complete, and ready for the final step in the certification process.
After the audit report and corrective actions have been reviewed, the certification body will complete the certification decision and issue a certificate for certified sites. Within ten calendar days of granting certification, the certification body will provide you with an electronic and/or hard copy of your site’s certificate.
SQF certification is valid for one year. To ensure you remain SQF certified, please remember to re-register in the SQF Assessment Database and schedule your SQF re-registration audit every year.