SQFI or designee may conduct a validation audit of SQF certified sites as part of the monitoring activities of the Integrity Program.
The compliance team will select the certified site and provide notification to the site’s certification body. The certification body will inform the site that they have been selected for a validation audit.
The compliance team will ensure that a conflict of interest does not exist between the assessor and the site. The site’s last audit report will be made available to the assessor for review. An audit plan will be developed with input from SQFI.
The date of the audit will be coordinated with the certification body, the certified site and the assessor. The certification body may choose to have a representative present during the validation audit. Validation audits may be unannounced.
The process used by the assessor to conduct the validation audit is defined as follows:
At the completion of the audit the assessor will document the results of the validation audit in a format provided by SQFI. SQFI will schedule a call to discuss the findings of the validation audit with the certification body and/or auditor. The results of the audit, including non-conformances identified, will be shared with the certified site following this call.
Tammie Van Buren
Compliance Manager, SQFI
Technical Specialist - Compliance, SQFI