Costs and Benefits of SQF Certification

Cynthia Weber, May 22, 2012


There are many important benefits of SQF Certification. The benefits extend to lowered costs, increased profits and market share and lowered risk of product recalls. The benefits include:

  • Greater opportunities and market access
  • Reduces audit burdens from buyer audits
  • Improves processes and efficiencies
  • Savings from reduced recalls
  • Recognized worldwide
  • Promotes confidence
  • Enhances image
  • Manages risk
  • Proof of due diligence

The implementation costs to consider include

  • Internal costs
  • Cost of consultant or software
  • Training programs
  • Certification Audits and accreditations

The ongoing costs to consider include:

  • Internal Audits
  • Training
  • Verification activities
  • Food safety team meetings
  • Change control
  • Management review
  • Document control
  • Corrective Actions
  • Supplier evaluations and corrections

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