Apply to FSC36
Obtaining a FSC36 Safe Feed/Safe Food (SF/SF) certification requires commitment from a company’s management team to not only invest in ensuring their facility is operating safely, but also to achieving the necessary requirements for successful certification.
Connect with a certifying body (CB).
There are six CBs trained in conducting SF/SF certification audits. A facility should connect with a CB of their choice to define the scope of the audit and prepare their facility for meeting the necessary quality and food safety requirements.
- Do your homework.
Facilities should prepare for a successful audit by reviewing what compliance requirements will be expected of them and the checklists for the on-site audit and surveillance audit. See the links below for the updated guidance document and other materials, which went into effect June 1, 2017.
- Pay the audit fees.
Each participating facility provides the Safe Quality Food Institute (SQFI) an annual registration fee of $250 for certification. Companies can expect additional fees for their on-site audit ($1,200), remote audit ($600) and reasonable costs associated with the auditor’s travel, which should be discussed and defined before the audit is conducted. It should be noted that if a facility is pursuing multiple certifications, the CBs may be able to complete them all during the same on-site audit, but it should be discussed and defined with the CB in advance, as it may impact the length and cost of the audit.
- Register your facility.
You will need to register a new facility in SQF’s database ReposiTrak.
*Please note that the application process is different for FSC34, FSC32 and the International SF/SF certification.