Compliance and Integrity Programs

The Safe Quality Food’s  Compliance and Integrity Program (CIP)  measures the quality and integrity of SQF certificates, audits, SQF professionals and licensed certification bodies. The SQF CIP,  helps to ensure the consistent execution of the SQF Program to meet stakeholder expectations. The CIP is used to identify areas for improvement to strengthen the SQF Program. There are two areas of focus for the CIP: Monitoring Activities and Stakeholder Feedback.

Monitoring Activities

SQF Certificate Suspension and Withdrawal (Part A, 4.6, 4.74.8, 4.9)
SQF sites who have been withdrawn cannot re-enter the SQF program for a 12-month period. To view a list of sites that have been withdrawn in the past 12 months and for more information regarding our withdrawn policy click here.

Each withdrawn certificate will be posted for a twelve-month period and include the site name, city, state, and country along with the month and year of the withdrawal.  The list will be updated monthly.

For more information or clarification regarding the changes to this requirement please contact SQFI at

Tracking SQF Certified Sites
SQFI provides a database of all SQF certified sites that hold a current SQF certificate. Any site that is suspended or withdrawn from the program, or a site that fails to renew their registration with SQFI, will be removed from this listing. Click here to search for an SQF certified site.

The SQF Supplier Surveys
This survey is designed for the SQF certified supplier who has recently completed an SQF audit and wants to provide feedback on the supplier audit experience and the performance of the SQF auditor.

Food Safety Incident and Product Recall Tracking
The SQF certified site is required to notify both SQFI and the designated certification body, within twenty-four (24) hours, in writing at when there is a food safety event at the facility that requires public notification, such as a Class I or Class II recall (US), or the receipt of a regulatory warning letter. The CIP tracks all recalls for SQF and non-SQF certified sites and provides an annual summary to SQF stakeholders outlining the total number and top categories of those recalls.

Certification Body Monitoring and Report
The SQF licensed certification bodies (CBs) are monitored by SQFI to ensure compliance with the SQF Code, CB Criteria and International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17065. Accreditation assessment results are reviewed and supplier surveys are issued to identify the strengths and opportunities for improvement. SQFI provides each CB with a biannual report that summarizes the feedback and results of the CB activity. The report provides a summary of audit information, auditor performance, SQF certified site recalls, and rating and scores from the SQF Supplier Survey.

Stakeholder Feedback

At SQFI, we welcome and appreciate your input. The feedback and comments we receive about the SQF licensed certification bodies, SQF certified sites and  suppliers, auditors, consultants, training centers and trainers are used continuously to improve our program. There are several ways to provide feedback to SQFI.

SQF Certified Supplier Survey
This survey is designed for the SQF certified site who has recently completed an SQF audit and wants to provide feedback on the audit experience and the performance of the SQF auditor. Click here to take our Certified Supplier Survey.

SQF Buyer Survey
This survey is designed to allow the SQF buyer to provide  their experience working with SQF audit report and certified supplier.

Informal Feedback and Complaints
All comments or feedback concerning a particular area of the SQF Program, including SQF licensed certification bodies, SQF licensed training centers, SQF registered auditors, SQF registered consultants and an SQF certified site should be submitted to SQFI by email.

Please send an email to with any feedback, comments or concerns. We also welcome feedback regarding any webinars or events we have.

Submit a Formal Complaint
Formal complaints will be handled by the SQF compliance committee as outlined in the SQF complaint procedure. Related personnel will be contacted based on the nature of the complaint.
For further information regarding the SQF compliance and integrity program, please contact:

Tammie Van Buren, SQFI Compliance Manager