Becoming SQF certified with an approved food safety management system is a multi-step process. From writing a standard operating procedures manual to completing gap assessments and preparing for an SQF audit – the process can be costly.
At Sirocco, we offer the SQF 8.1 Template Bundle to fast track writing your company’s SOP manual. We also offer the essential consulting and training services your company needs to successfully pass each step of the SQF 8.1 certification and auditing process.
Download the SQF Certification Process Map to identify where you are in the process and how we can help you.
Even if you are already GMP or HACCP certified, you must develop and implement an approved food safety management system in order to become SQF certified. Good knowledge of the SQF code is key to writing a lean food safety manual that can be efficiently implemented. Certification is a multi-step process that starts with registering your facility with SQFI.
Once your facility is registered, a desk and facility audit will be scheduled. During these audits, a SQF registered auditor will assess and determine whether the written program meets the standard requirements. This is achieved by reviewing process documents and records.
Certification will be granted when all non-conformities (“gaps”) have been addressed and corrective action plans submitted for review and subsequently closed off. Depending on your existing certifications (GMP, HACCP), the adequacy of your current written program, the complexity of the product line and process, a SQF certification may take from 4 to 6 months or from one or two years.
Learning the SQF 8.1 Code and writing your SQF Manual doesn’t have to be complicated or costly.