November 2, 2015
We’ve done our homework…and we got an A! SQFI knows that our stakeholders have questions about how SQF Certification will prepare them to be FSMA compliant, and now we’ve answered those questions. SQFI contracted The Acheson Group (TAG) to compare the elements of SQF Level 2 Certification (specifically Modules 2 and 11) to the FDA FSMA Final Rule requirements. The analysis examined the two major aspects of the Final Rule: the new preventive controls requirements that industry must comply with in order to implement the requirements of Section 103 of FSMA, and the updated current Good Manufacturing Practices (cGMPs) (current 21 C.F.R. Part 110 now re-designated as Part 117).
As the food industry looks to protect consumers, customers, and their brand as well as successfully be in compliant with the final new rules, TAG’s analysis indicates that being SQF Level 2 certified is a very robust, strong advantage to fulfilling FSMA requirements.
Additionally, the FDA has provided factsheets and flowcharts on the FSMA webpage for each rule. These documents are an entry point to understanding who is covered under each rule.
Links to flowcharts and key facts: