We license Certification Bodies to conduct SQF audits and issue the SQF certificate. Certification Bodies are organizations that employ auditors that conduct site audits. SQFI-licensed Certification Bodies must 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 the SQFI-licensed Accreditation Bodies.
SQFI partners with licensed Certification Bodies that operate both nationwide and around the globe. Use our Certification Body Directory to find a Certification Body near you.
Tammie Van Buren
Compliance Manager, SQFI
Technical Specialist - Compliance, SQFI
Certification Bodies that wish to become licensed to audit against the SQF Code and issue certificates must first be accredited by an accreditation body who is a member of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and approved by the SQFI.
They must also demonstrate that they meet the requirements of ISO/IEC Guide 17065/IEC:2012, meet the standards outlined in Criteria for SQF Certification Bodies, and complete a Certification Body Application.
The following resources support SQF certification bodies.
If you would like to become an SQF-licensed Certification Body, please contact us for an application.
Once your application is received it will be reviewed by a review board for completeness and accuracy. A conference call may be scheduled as necessary to discuss the application in more detail.
Once an application is approved, a license agreement will be presented for co-signing by both parties and an invoice will be issued to the newly licensed certification body. Fees are dependent on the territory in which audits will be conducted.
Example: North America $10,312.50 USD/ 3 year term
Example: North America, South America, Central America $20,625.00 USD/ 3 year term
Example: All countries $41,250.00 USD/ 3 year term
The experience of being involved with SQF has absolutely changed my life. SQF has turned things around for me completely for the last 14 years … and I have a deep respect for what SQF stands for.
- Joe Wieland, Lead Auditor, EAGLE Certification Group