SQF Certification is a GFSI Approved Certification

The Global Food Safety Initiative is a collaboration of Food Safety Experts from around the world who want to provide safe food to consumers everywhere and create a system where there is continuous improvement of all food safety programs. These experts have approved several benchmarked certifications that are accepted worldwide. Of these approved schemes, we provide SQF Edition 8.0 certifications. SQF audits are based on HACCP and require management commitment to food safety. Corrective action follow-up to every non-conformance found on the certification audit is required to ensure improvement of the food safety program. 

SQF released the new Edition 8 on January 2, 2018. Instead of Level 1, 2, and 3 – it is now broken down into Food Safety Fundamentals (not benchmarked), Food Safety Code (Primary Production, Manufacturing, Storage and Distribution, Manufacturing of Packaging Materials, Retail), and Quality Code (quality of the product as an add on to the food safety code). We are helping our clients that are currently SQF certified prepare for the new SQF Edition 8.  Click here  for our SQF Edition 8 Cheat Sheet

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Steps to SQF Certification

Download and learn the SQF Code - you may download the codes here. You may also have one of our team members help you by going over the SQF Edition 8 code with your team.


Register your company in the SQF Assessment Database at the SQFI website. This is mandatory in order to have your certification audit performed.


Appoint an employee to be your SQF Practitioner - This full-time person will be responsible for the management of your SQF System. They must complete a HACCP training course and  be able to implement and maintain your SQF system with a thorough understanding of the code. 


Request For Quote Form – You will need to fill out a request for quote form before starting the SQF certification process. By providing information on your products, processes, and operations we can determine the length of time and costs for the certification and provide you with a formal quote. After you have signed and returned the quote to us, you will then need to choose ASI Food Safety as your Certification Body under your registration in the SQF Database. 




Pre-Assessment – (Optional) – The auditor will perform the SQF audit but the score will not be turned into SQF. The auditor cannot give advice or consult in any way, only identify non-conformances. This will allow you to correct non-conformances prior to your audit. The same auditor will then perform your Document Review and Certification audit. There are many reasons companies choose this option – to prepare for their initial certification audit, to advance to the SQF Quality Code or to prepare for the new SQF Edition 8.0 that went into effect January 2, 2018.

Desk Audit or Document Review -  This step is required only in the first year and before the certification audit. The same auditor that will perform the actual audit will review documentation and record non-conformances so the facility can submit corrective actions prior to the scored audit.

Certification Audit - The actual audit and the score is reported to SQF. Companies that achieve their certification are listed on the SQF website and receive a certificate.

Re-certification Audit – you have a 60 day window, 30 days before and 30 days after your initial certification date, to have your re-certification audit and every year after. Once every three years you will have an unannounced re-certification audit instead of an announced audit. You also have the option to choose to have all of your re-certification audits unannounced. If you choose this option, your company will be listed as a Select Site on the SQFI website and on your certificate.

You must score above an 85% or you will go under surveillance and will be audited every 6 months until your score is above 85%.

Transferring your SQF Re-certification audit from one CB to another CB is very easy as long as you are in good standing with SQF. You will need to fill out a Request for Quote form. After completing the form, send it back to us to receive a formal quote. You will then be contacted by one of our team members who will ask you a few questions and determine dates for the audit.

This does not start your 3 year unannounced audit over, if you are due for an unannounced audit, you will still be required to have one when it is due. This same rule applies to auditor cycle.



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GFSI SQF Certifications 

Advantages of SQF Certification:

  • Protect your brand and image.
  • Shows commitment to food safety throughout the entire food supply chain.
  • Ensure the continuous improvement of your food safety system.
  • Increase consumer confidence by demonstrating due diligence.
  • Recognized worldwide by retailers, food service providers and regulatory         agencies.
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