The purpose of the SQF Guidance Document series is to assist sites with designing, developing, documenting, implementing, and maintaining an SQF Food Safety System using the SQF Food Safety or Quality Codes.
The guidance documents are topic-specific and provide direction on the intent of the Code requirements identified within the document. This encourages the user to look at the Code requirements as programs supporting a systems approach versus a checklist approach. Topic focused guidance also allows SQF to be more flexible and timelier in developing new guidance for additional system elements or emerging issues.
Guidance is intended to support the SQF Codes but does not replace it. It is not an auditable document, nor is it definitive and applicable in every situation. Sites, consultants, trainers, and auditors are required to understand the risks in a given industry sector and are able to apply the intent of the SQF Codes to effectively control those risks.
How to Use the SQF Guidance Documents
The guidance is to be used as a resource to better understand and interpret the SQF Code requirements. The guides should be used as an evolving tool with the user updating knowledge with additional learnings, industry guidance, and relevant information to a particular industry scope
The guidance can be used as an interpretation guide, internal audit tool, enhancement of in-house training, and supplement for external training.
Format of the SQF Guidance Documents
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