SQF Certification & Gap Assessments

The SQF Certification Process at a Glance

7 Simple Steps to Become SQF Certified

SQF Gap Assessments

All SQF site certifications start with a gap assessment. This review is completed over 2 or 3 days depending on the size of the business. The goal of the assessment is to:

  • Gauge the food safety culture of the site, and meet with the SQF team.
  • Tour the facility to ensure GMP/GDP compliance.
  • Identify what food safety programs the site currently maintains.
  • Confirm the regulatory scope of the facility and corresponding documentation
  • Assess the “gaps” or the missing elements that are required for SQF certification.
  • Review training needs

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Cost Options

Custom Solution (Remote or On-site) Gap Assessment + Customized Written Program + Coaching towards Full Implementation and a Successful Audit: $6,000 USD on average. Travel expenses not included.

SQF Template Bundle: $599 USD for a do-it-yourself option + Coaching ($120/hr USD) when you require it. Read our Case Study to find out how Aegle Nutrition from Texas achieved SQF 9 Certification.

How Sirocco Can Help after the Gap Assessment

  • Sirocco can develop your SQF manual and assist with training and full implementation.
  • Alternatively, you can purchase an SQF template bundle and implement SQF directly yourself.
  • SQF certification can be achieved within 3 to 6 months if you already have a HACCP site certification. If starting from scratch, the process may take over a year.
  • Sirocco can also develop food fraud vulnerability assessments, and food safety plans (HACCP, Preventive Controls for Human Food, Importer food safety plans) and can perform pre-audits.

Next Steps

Are you ready for your SQF certification audit?

Or are you starting from scratch and interested in a full implementation?

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What Clients Are Saying

"We have been using the expertise of Karine in the implementation of the SQF program and have always been completely satisfied with her help and guidance. She did an excellent job by directing us to the right resources and to obtain an excellent score in the SQF audit. We have also used the SQF templates available with Sirocco Food Safety Consulting to write our SOPs to comply with the SQF codes. The Spanish templates were very useful in creating SOPs in Spanish to cater most of our employees. I’m happy to recommend the services of Sirocco Food Safety Consulting for your SQF certification needs."
We contacted Sirocco Consulting after scoring lower than desired on an SQF 8.0 audit. Karine visited our plant and did a gap assessment. We found her efficient and helpful and used her guidance to get our CARs addressed. Subsequently, we hired Karine to return and train our key personnel on the FSPCA course. Again, we appreciate her knowledge and ability to teach efficiently. I would recommend Sirocco to anyone needing help building their food safety program.
We just had a gap assessment conducted in preparation for our SQF audit. We developed our written program with the help of Sirocco Food and Wine Consulting. These templates are terrific and easy to implement. The SQF consultant who performed the document review was very impressed with the quality of the procedures and record templates. Knowing that our written documents meet the standard, we feel that we are in a good position to pass our SQF audit and obtain our certification.
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