SQF Code Edition 9

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SQF Code

The “SQF Codes” are site-specific process and product certification standards applicable for various food industry sectors, from primary production to transport and distribution. 

The main feature of the SQF Codes is their emphasis on the systematic application of a Food Safety Plan (e.g., HACCP) to control food safety hazards that may affect the final product. The implementation of SQF as a company’s Food Safety Management System facilitates the production of safe, legal products that meet customers’ requirements. Thus, providing the solution for businesses to supply local and global food markets with the utmost confidence.

The Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI), a division of FMI, assures that all parties concerned have a common platform: “SQF Assessment Database” is where a buyer can quickly locate a certified supplier or view the status of a current or a potential supplier.

The SQF Assessment Database is for all to use.

Certification to the SQF Codes supports industry or company-branded product and offer benefits to certified sites and their customers.

Audit Scopes

SQFI recognizes that food safety practices differ from facility to facility, depending on the food safety risks of the product and process. Therefore, SQFI has designed the “Codes” to meet the individual requirements of each industry sector. Several different food sector categories are listed in each code separately.

Carrying the 150 years of experience of TUV NORD, your Certification Body TUV USA Inc. offers these SQF Codes Edition 9 Food Sector Categories, delivered by experienced auditors. 

Contact TUV USA Inc. today and get a detailed scope of certification and a quote for your audit.

Structural Changes Overview

Standalone Codes

  • Food Manufacturing
  • Storage and Distribution
  • Manufacture of Food Packaging
  • Primary Plant Production (New)
  • Primary Animal Production (New)
  • Aquaculture (New)
  • Animal Product Manufacturing (New)
  • Pet Food Manufacturing (New)
  • Animal Feed Manufacturing (New)
  • Dietary Supplement Manufacturing (New)

Streamlined Technical Elements

  • Site Location and Operations
  • Food Safety Culture
  • Chemical Storage
  • Personal Hygiene
  • Specifications
  • Training



  • Desk Audits eliminated

Technical Changes Summary

Based on: GFSI Benchmarking

  • HACCP: storage distribution
  • Internal laboratories
  • Food safety culture
  • Remote activities

Based on: SQF Stakeholder Feedback

  • Ambient air testing
  • Co manufacturers
  • Audit scoring


SQFI provides multiple tools for effective implementation the requirements of Edition 9

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