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Getting Started with Your SQF Food Safety Program

February 26, 2020

To aid in implementing your program, SQFI has many accessible resources. Training is an excellent resource and depending on your learning preference, budget and time, there are online and face-to-face options. SQFI also has guidance documents available that provide more interpretation explaining
the intent of the Code.

Register with the SQF Assessment Database

The SQF Assessment Database is an audit management and data capture solution developed to contain costs and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of food safety audits. This innovative technology represents significant progress in how audit data is captured, managed and made available, and sets the SQF Program apart from other similar GFSI Program. For more information on accessing the SQF Assessment Database see this page.

Choose a Certification Body (CB)

Certification bodies are licensed by SQFI to conduct SQF audits and issue the SQF certificate. Certification bodies are the businesses that employ the auditors who conducts site audits. SQFI licensed certification bodies are required to be accredited to the international standard ISO/IEC 17065:2012 (or subsequent versions as applicable) and be subject to annual assessments of their certification activities by SQFI licensed accreditation bodies.

SQFI partners with licensed Certification Bodies (CB) that operate both nationwide and around the globe! Use our interactive map and search criteria below to find a CB near you.

Access Your Training Options

To aid in implementing your program, SQFI has many accessible resources. Training is an excellent resource and depending on your learning preference, budget and time, there are online and face-to-face options.

SQFI also has guidance documents available that provide more interpretation explaining the intent to the Code.

Online Training from SQF Partner, Alchemy Academy

Implementing SQF Systems

The first step in achieving SQF certification is to clearly understand the SQF Food Safety Code requirements. Learn how to develop and implement an SQF Food Safety System and prepare for an audit.

Free Tip Sheets

Tip sheets, are also available on specific topics such as food defense, pest control, and conducting a risk assessment.

See SQF FAQs

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