Apply to FSC36

Getting Started

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.