The Fundamentals Program helps smaller facilities or organizations protect their brands from the risk of a recall and satisfies buyer requirements. This program helps to facilitate retailer acceptance of entrepreneurs, providing food safety management and uniformity along the supply chain.
The SQF Fundamentals Program, also known as the SQF Fundamentals Code, is designed for small food businesses seeking a simplified and streamlined approach to food safety and quality management. While it shares similarities with the full SQF Certification Program, the SQF Fundamentals Program has specific features tailored to the needs of small-scale operations such as:
Built as a lower level approach, the Fundamentals Program helps integrate robust food safety standards into your existing practices while creating a pathway to achieving globally accepted SQF Certification recognized by GFSI.
While the program simplifies certain aspects of the full SQF Certification, it still provides a framework for establishing effective food safety management systems and building trust with customers and stakeholders.
The Codes within the Fundamentals Program provide a seamless transition to our Food Safety Program, which is benchmarked to the GFSI requirements. The Fundamental Codes were developed using the GFSI Global Markets Program toolkit, which meets many retailers’ and buyers’ requirements for small and medium food producers. This program creates a scenario where all parties benefit from safer food and increased brand protection.
Some of the key program features of SQF Fundamentals include:
SQF Fundamentals Certificate: Upon successful completion of the certification process, organizations receive an SQF Fundamentals Certificate. This certificate demonstrates their commitment to food safety and quality management and may be used to enhance their credibility with customers and stakeholders.