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SQF Audit Checklist

Proactively identify and control food safety hazards and easily gain partnership with institutions that require SQF certification

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What is SQF?

The Safe Quality Food (SQF) Program is a food safety standard that aims to maintain the quality and safety of food products by following a HACCP-based food safety system. It is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), a global organization that sets food safety standards accepted by large institutions in the food industry.

What is SQF Audit?

SQF audit is a systematic assessment of food safety processes for food manufacturing industries. This process helps evaluate if suppliers and other businesses in the food supply chain comply with SQF standards which then aims for SQF certification to gain partnership with major institutions in the food industry.

This article briefly discusses (1) the steps in working towards SQF certification; (2) technology to help ensure that the implemented HACCP system complies with SQF requirements; and (3) free SQF audit checklists.

Seven Steps to Prepare for SQF Certification

  1. Have a designated SQF Practitioner read and understand the latest SQF Code appropriate to your segment in the food supply chain.
  2. Register to the SQF database.
  3. Develop and establish a HACCP-based food safety plan to mitigate food safety and quality hazards.
  4. Establish food safety monitoring through routine audits and maintain a record of results.
  5. Define your organization’s competencies and determine training requirements for SQF certification based on the audit results.
  6. Ensure competency needs are met and that all parties involved are kept in the loop.
  7. Partner with a third-party auditor for SQF certification.

Technological Solution to the Challenges of SQF Certification

The SQF Practitioner is tasked to ensure that a HACCP-based food safety system is being followed and documented as required by the SQF standard. Maintaining an effective, sustainable, and documented food safety system that aligns with the SQF standard, however, can be challenging for businesses that rely on paper-based documentation. Overcome the challenges with iAuditor, the world’s most powerful auditing app. With the iAuditor mobile app and software, the SQF Practitioner can do the following:

  • Create mobile-ready templates for food safety and quality
  • Empower teams to proactively conduct better monitoring procedures and hazard analysis using a smartphone or tablet
  • Attach photos and annotations within the app
  • Save time by generating comprehensive reports as internal quality officers finish audits.
  • Secure all reports online. Preview a sample web and PDF report.
  • Use for free with small teams. Unlimited reports and storage for premium accounts.

Get started with this collection of free downloadable and customizable SQF templates to maintain food safety and quality and achieve SQF certification.


Erick Brent Francisco

SafetyCulture staff writer

As a staff writer for SafetyCulture, Erick is interested in learning and sharing how technology can improve work processes and workplace safety. Prior to SafetyCulture, Erick worked in logistics, banking and financial services, and retail.