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1 Introduction to SQF Certification (Use “Notes “ View in PowerPoint to see additional guidance) Use this presentation to introduce SQF Certification to your management team. The presentation explains what SQF is, and how to accomplish Certification.
2 SQF Certification Scheme Safe Quality Food, SQFThe 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 hazardsYou 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 TrainingThe requirements for SQF Certification are documented in the SQF Code. The code is divided into Modules.All companies must implement processes to meet the requirements of Module 2 of the code. This is the module with the food safety management system elements.Your company must also implement the “Food Safety Fundamentals” specific to your industry segment. The requirements for food safety fundamentals are found in modules 3-15 of the code. Choose the module that applies to your organization. For example, food processors will use Module 11.__________________________________________________________________________For training on the details of the SQF Requirements use our Online Training Programs:Introduction to SQF System Elements (Module 2),andFood Safety Fundamentals (Choose the Module that applies to your organization)
3 SQF Certification Scheme Safe Quality Food, SQFThe certification program is managed by the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI)The Safe Quality Food Institute Website has helpful information including document downloads.Visit to download the SQF Code and Guidance Documents.
4 SQF Certification Scheme Safe Quality Food, SQFThe SQF System was designed to provide suppliers with a recognized certification To be able to provide proof of a rigorous food safety management system More and more food processors and retailers are requesting their suppliers to achieve food safety management system registration. The most common request is for a GFSI benchmarked certification. SQF is GFSI benchmarked and recognized.
5 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:There are also other systems that are recognized including FSSC and BRC. The systems are similar in what they require, although requirements are not exactly the same. The standards are each organized and managed differently.All are well recognized and accepted because they are GFSI recognized.
6 SQF Certification Scheme Safe Quality Food, SQFA supplier can choose from 3 Levels of certificationLevel 1- Food Safety FundamentalsLevel 2-HACCP (GFSI Recognition) Level 3-Integrated Food Safety and QualityThere are 3 levels of certification for SQF, as defined in this slide. Only levels 2 and 3 are recognized by GFSI. Level 1 is not recognized.The SQF Code, Module 2 lists the requirements for each level, and looking at that module is a good way to see the differences in the requirements. They are clearly identified, side by side for each level.The basic difference between Level 2 and Level 3 is that Level 2 is focused on Food Safety, and Level 3 also addresses Quality.A company does not have to do level 2 before level 3, you may start with level 3.
7 Here is a comparison of requirements that apply.
8 SQF Certification Scheme SQF DocumentsSQF Documents can be downloaded at the SQFI Website and include: The SQF CodeGuidance for Developing, Documenting and Implementing SQFAdditional guidance documentsPlease feel free to contact us with questions as you prepare your presentation. The next slides will cover the basic steps for achieving SQF Certification.22000-Tools, brought to you by Vinca, LLC
9 SQF Certification Scheme Initial Certification to SQFChoose an accredited certification body. They will conduct:Document ReviewOn-site AuditSurveillance Audits
10 SQF Certification Scheme The SQF Certification AuditAn SQF Auditor will examine your SQF System to determine:If the system has been implemented effectivelyIf there is evidence of Management Commitment to the maintenance and improvement of the systemIf activities comply with regulatory, customer and SQF requirements
11 SQF Certification Scheme The SQF Certification AuditA 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.
12 SQF Certification Scheme The SQF Certification AuditA 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
13 SQF Certification Scheme The SQF Certification AuditA 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, orFalsification of recordsIt will result in suspension of Certificate
14 SQF Certification Scheme The SQF Surveillance AuditOnce certified, your certification body will audit to ensure that your organization continues to comply with requirementsFrequency will be determined by your certification body and based on performance and SQF System rating at the certification audit
16 Benefits of Certification Greater opportunities and market accessReduces audit burdens from buyer auditsImproves processes and efficienciesSavings from reduced recallsRecognized worldwidePromotes confidenceEnhances imageManages riskProof of due diligence
17 Certification TrendsGlobal food trade is expanding and driving demand for third party certificationWith diverse food safety regulations worldwide, certification provides common ground for food safety regulationsSQF has thousands of registered companies worldwideISO had 34% growth in 2010FSSC new in 2010 has over 900 certificates issued
18 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
19 Costs to Consider Costs www.22000-Tools.com Internal Consultant/Tools Certification Audits and accreditations
20 Ongoing costs to consider Ongoing employee time for:Internal AuditsTrainingVerification activitiesFood safety team meetingsChange controlManagement reviewDocument controlCorrective ActionsSupplier evaluations and corrections
21 SQF Practitioner Responsibilities and Qualifications
22 SQF Practitioner Required Qualifications www.22000-Tools.com The practitioner must be a company employeeHave demonstrated knowledge and experienceUnderstand the requirements of the SQF codeMust complete HACCP Training
23 SQF Practitioner Roles and Responsibilities Lead the development and implementation of:Food Safety Fundamentals - GMPs or Prerequisite ProgramsFood Safety Plans - HACCP Plans
24 SQF Practitioner Roles and Responsibilities Lead the SQF System implementationEnsure the maintenance and integrity of the SQF System Communicate essential information to personnel
25 SQF Practitioner Roles and Responsibilities The SQF Practitioner is responsible for Validation and Verification activitiesValidate and verify Food Safety FundamentalsValidate and verify Food Safety Plans (HACCP Plans)
26 SQF Implementation Steps Steps and TechniquesAll of the resources covered in the next slides can be purchased individually or in our packages:All-in-One: A package of a log-in for all of our trainings, templates and tools:Premium All-in-One: A package of multiple log-ins to our trainings, templates and tools:
27 SQF Implementation Steps Step 1 - Learn Learn about SQF. Complete the training modules: Introduction to SQF System ElementsFood Safety Fundamentals: GMPs for Food ProcessorsMore details:And
28 SQF Implementation Steps Step 2 - Plan Plan your project.Tool: Complete the tutorial and exercise modules:Creating your Project PlanConducting your Gap AnalysisAvailable in our SQF All-in-One Packages.one.htmlMore details:Or
29 SQF Implementation Steps Step 3 - Document your processesTool: Complete the tutorial and exercise modules:Documenting SQF ProceduresDeveloping and implementing programs Food Safety Fundamentals (Pre- requisite Programs)Creating a Food Safety ManualAvailable in our SQF All-in-One PackagesMore details:Or
30 SQF Implementation Steps Step 4 - Train your EmployeesFood Safety FundamentalsPRP’s they are responsible forGeneral Requirements of SQFTool: Assign Online Training Sessions to your employees included in our SQF Premium All-in-One PackagesMore details:
31 SQF Implementation Steps Step 5 - Train your Internal AuditorsTool: Assign Online Internal Auditor Training Sessions to your employees included in our SQF All-in-One PackagesMore details: