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Introduction to sqf certification use notes view in powerpoint to see additional guidance
Introduction to SQF Certification(Use “Notes “ View in PowerPoint to see additional guidance)

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Sqf certification scheme
SQF Certification Scheme

  • Safe Quality Food, SQF

  • The SQF System is a Food Safety Management System (FSMS)

  • It is a set of requirements for integrated processes that work together to control and minimize food safety hazards

  • You must implement processes such as - Management Commitment, Document Control and Records, Food Safety Fundamentals, Food Safety Plans, Verification and Validation, Product Identification and Traceability, Site Security, Allergen Management and Training

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SQF Certification Scheme

  • Safe Quality Food, SQF

  • The certification program is managed by the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI)

  • www.sqfi.com

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SQF Certification Scheme

  • Safe Quality Food, SQF

  • The SQF System was designed to provide suppliers with a recognized certification

  • To be able to provide proof of a rigorous food safety management system

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SQF Certification Scheme

  • Safe Quality Food, SQF

  • The SQF is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative, GFSI

  • Providing worldwide recognition and acceptance by food manufacturers and retailers

  • More detail on GFSI: www.mygfsi.com

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SQF Certification Scheme

  • Safe Quality Food, SQF

  • A supplier can choose from 3 Levels of certification

  • Level 1- Food Safety Fundamentals

  • Level 2-HACCP (GFSI Recognition)  

  • Level 3-Integrated Food Safety and Quality

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SQF Certification Scheme

  • SQF Documents

  • SQF  Documents can be downloaded at the SQFI Website and include:

    • The SQF  Code

    • Guidance for Developing, Documenting and Implementing SQF

    • Additional guidance documents

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SQF Certification Scheme

  • Initial Certification to SQF

    • Choose an accredited certification body. They will conduct:

      • Document Review

      • On-site Audit

      • Surveillance Audits

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SQF Certification Scheme

  • The SQF Certification Audit

  • An SQF Auditor will examine your SQF System to determine:

    • If the system has been implemented effectively

    • If there is evidence of Management Commitment to the maintenance and improvement of the system

    • If activities comply with regulatory, customer and SQF requirements

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SQF Certification Scheme

  • The SQF Certification Audit

  • A Minor Nonconformity:

    • Is a nonconformance to the documented system or to the SQF Code that does not cause an immediate food safety risk or indicate ineffective implementation of a system element.

    • Must be corrected within 30 days of the finding and will be verified at the next audit.

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SQF Certification Scheme

  • The SQF Certification Audit

  • A Major Nonconformity:

    • Is a nonconformance to the documented system or to the SQF Code that could cause an immediate food safety risk or indicate ineffective implementation of a system element.

    • Must be corrected and verified within 14 days of the finding

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SQF Certification Scheme

  • The SQF  Certification Audit

  • A Critical Nonconformity:

    • Is a loss of control at a critical control point, prerequisite program or other process step that could cause a significant risk and product safety is compromised, or

    • Falsification of records

    • It will result in suspension of Certificate

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SQF Certification Scheme

  • The SQF  Surveillance Audit

    • Once certified, your certification body will audit to ensure that your organization continues to comply with requirements

    • Frequency will be determined by your certification body and based on performance and SQF System rating at the certification audit

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Certification costs and benefits
Certification:Costs and Benefits

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Benefits of certification
Benefits of Certification

  • Greater opportunities and market access

  • Reduces audit burdens from buyer audits

  • Improves processes and efficiencies

  • Savings from reduced recalls

  • Recognized worldwide

  • Promotes confidence

  • Enhances image

  • Manages risk

  • Proof of due diligence

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Certification trends
Certification Trends

  • Global food trade is expanding and driving demand for third party certification

  • With diverse food safety regulations worldwide, certification provides common ground for food safety regulations

  • SQF has thousands of registered companies worldwide

  • ISO 22000 had 34% growth in 2010

  • FSSC 22000 new in 2010 has over 900 certificates issued

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Benefits of gfsi
Benefits of GFSI

  • SQF is GFSI Benchmarked (recognized by GFSI)

    • GFSI is the result of collaboration between some of the worlds leading food safety experts from retailers, manufacturers and food service companies.

    • GFSI benchmarked certifications are recognized worldwide

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Costs to consider
Costs to Consider

  • Costs

    • Internal

    • Consultant/Tools

    • Certification Audits and accreditations

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Ongoing costs to consider
Ongoing costs to consider

  • Ongoing employee time for:

    • Internal Audits

    • Training

    • Verification activities

    • Food safety team meetings

    • Change control

  • Management review

  • Document control

  • Corrective Actions

  • Supplier evaluations and corrections

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Sqf practitioner
SQF Practitioner

  • Responsibilities and Qualifications

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SQF Practitioner

  • Required Qualifications 

    • The practitioner must be a company employee

    • Have demonstrated knowledge and experience

    • Understand the requirements of the SQF  code

    • Must complete HACCP Training

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SQF Practitioner

  • Roles and Responsibilities

  • Lead the development and implementation of:

    • Food Safety Fundamentals - GMPs or Prerequisite Programs

    • Food Safety Plans - HACCP Plans

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SQF Practitioner

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    • Lead the SQF System implementation

    • Ensure the maintenance and integrity of the SQF System

    • Communicate essential information to personnel


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SQF Practitioner

  • Roles and Responsibilities

    • The SQF Practitioner is responsible for Validation and Verification activities

      • Validate and verify Food Safety Fundamentals

      • Validate and verify Food Safety Plans (HACCP Plans)


Sqf implementation steps
SQF Implementation Steps

  • Steps and Techniques


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SQF Implementation Steps

  • Step 1 - Learn

  • Learn about SQF.  Complete the training modules:

    • Introduction to SQF System Elements

    • Food Safety Fundamentals: GMPs for Food Processors

  • http://www.22000-tools.com/sqf-online-training.html


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    SQF Implementation Steps

    • Step 2 - Plan 

    • Plan your project.

    • Tool: Complete the tutorial and exercise modules:

      • Creating your Project Plan

      • Conducting your Gap Analysis

  • Available in our SQF All-in-One Packages.

  • http://www.22000-tools.com/sqf-all-in-one.html


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    SQF Implementation Steps

    • Step 3 - Document your processes

    • Tool: Complete the tutorial and exercise modules:

      • Documenting SQF Procedures

      • Developing and implementing programs Food Safety Fundamentals(Pre-requisite Programs)

      • Creating a Food Safety Manual

  • Available in our SQF All-in-One Packages


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    SQF Implementation Steps

    • Step 4 - Train your Employees

      • Food Safety Fundamentals

      • PRP’s they are responsible for

      • General Requirements of SQF

  • Tool: Assign Online Training Sessions to your employees included in our SQF Premium All-in-One Packages


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    SQF Implementation Steps

    • Step 5 - Train your Internal Auditors

    • Tool: Assign Online Internal Auditor Training Sessions to your employees included in our SQF All-in-One Packages


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    SQF Implementation Steps

    • Step 6 - Schedule your Registration Audit


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    SQF Implementation Steps

    • Step 7 - Celebrate


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