SQF certification is a credential provided by the Safe Quality Food Institute. The credential requires strict quality standards of food production, transport and distribution for suppliers and buyers in the food industry.
SQF certification requires an application. Once approved, applicants must completed training at a licensed certification center and online. After training, the applicant performs a self-assessment of the supplier or buyer regarding compliance with the Safe Quality Food Institute's standards. A licensed certification center performs a pre-assessment and a desk audit to review potential areas for improvement of the applicant?s business.
Licensed certification center personnel perform an on-site audit and make suggestions in areas to address and improve on. After the business meets the standards and addresses the suggested areas for improvement, it becomes SQF certified. After receiving the certification, the facility must go through a yearly audit to maintain certification.
Some of the SQF licensed certification centers provide other services and certifications for professionals and businesses in a variety of industries. Licensed certification centers operate in a variety of international organizations. The Safe Quality Food Institute also provides credentials for professionals to become SQF auditors, consultants or trainers. Like certified businesses, SQF professionals must go through the process of recertification every year.