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SQF Requirements

The specific requirements of SQF are available to you in the free downloadable standard that the SQF Institute provides on their website

The requirements are found in the SQF Code

The SQF Food Safety Management System requirements are found in Module 2, and include requirements for (these are the Module 2 requirements for manufacturers):

  • Management commitment
  • Document control and records
  • Specification and product development
  • Contract Service providers
  • Food Legislation
  • Food Safety Plans
  • Approved Supplier Program
  • Nonconforming Product and Equipment
  • Rework
  • Corrective and Preventive Action
  • Product Release
  • Internal Audits
  • Validation and Verification
  • Recall or Withdrawal
  • Food Defense and Food Fraud
  • Allergen Management
  • Training

These processes make up the food safety management system.


You must also address requirements for the GMPs to ensure that the organizations facilities (building and equipment) are sufficient to produce safe product. These requirements are found in Modules 3 through 11. You will use the Module that applies to your business segment. This is a list of GMP requirements for manufacturers:

  • Site Location and Construction
  • Construction of Premises and Equipment
  • Personnel Hygiene and Welfare
  • Personnel Processing Practices
  • Water, Ice and Air Supply
  • Storage and Transport
  • Separation of Functions
  • On-site Laboratories
  • Waste Disposal
  • Exterior

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