The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) certification program is a third-party audited food safety and quality program implemented by suppliers.
This program describes the qualifications and registration requirements for professionals auditing SQFI code edition 8.
The SQFI program focuses on the benefits to the industry and consumers—whereby improved product quality enhances marketability and profitability.
The latest edition of the “Criteria for SQF Auditors” has been reviewed and updated to align with the Global Food Safety Initiative guidance document edition 8.
The edition is designed to enhance the integrity of the SQFI program by providing a register of auditors who have appropriate qualifications and work experience for auditing SQFI systems.
Registered SQFI auditors provide additional assurance of food safety and quality and are universally recognized.
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SQF Auditors collect objective evidence to determine that SQFI food safety and quality systems are being implemented and to verify that the controls are effective and ensure that the entire SQF system is being maintained as required.
The same as the SQF Auditor grade above, however works as a contractor to other certification bodies.
SQF Consultants serve as a link between SQFI and clients to help them achieve SQFI certification. SQF Consultants are required to maintain high standards of client focus, integrity, competency, professionalism, and accountability outlined in the Criteria for SQF Consultants and the SQF Consultant Code of Conduct.
A Contract SQF Trainer is an individual who is contracted to an SQFI licensed training center to perform SQF training courses, but is not an employee of the training center.
A SQF Trainer is a person who is registered by SQFI to conduct SQF training courses with the coordination of a SQF licensed training center. This training can be public or private for individual clients. The person may be an employee of the training center or a contracted individual (contract SQF trainer).
Auditors who have the appropriate qualifications and work experience necessary for auditing Ethical Sourcing Standards.
An individual who is employed by an SQF licensed certification body and whose duties include the technical review of SQF audit reports. SQF technical reviewers shall be registered by SQFI as an SQF technical reviewer according to the requirements contained in these criteria.