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As part of the overall goal to continuously improve the Compliance and Integrity Program, SQFI has enhanced the withdrawn certificate requirement. Effective January 1, 2017, SQFI will retroactively post all SQF suppliers that have had their certificate withdrawn 12 months from January 2016 due to reasons listed in the SQF Code, edition 7.2, part A, section 4.7. Part A, section 7.2 states the following:
The certification body shall withdraw the certificate when the supplier:
i. Has been placed under suspension and fails to submit approved corrective action plans as defined by the certification body, or take approved corrective action as determined by the certification body within the time frames specified;
ii. Has falsified its records;
iii. Fails to maintain the integrity of the SQF certificate; or
iv. Has an administrator, receiver, receiver and manager, official manager or provisional liquidator appointed over its assets or where an order is made or a resolution passed for the closure of the supplier (except for the purposes of amalgamation or reconstruction) or the supplier ceases to carry on business or becomes bankrupt, applies to take the benefit of any law for the relief of bankrupt or insolvent debtors or makes any arrangement or composition with its creditors. Each withdrawn certificate will be posted for a twelve-month period and include the site name, city, state, and country along with the month and year of the suspension. The list will be updated monthly.
In addition, SQFI has implemented a 12 month delay from when a withdrawn site can reapply for certification. This delay prohibits sites from reapplying for certification 12 months from the date the certificate was withdrawn by the SQFI Certification Body.
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