Safe Quality Food

Safe Quality Food

The scheme is based on the SQF Code maintained by the Safe Quality Food Institute, a division of the Food Marketing Institute. The HACCP-based Code helps suppliers in the food sector (including primary producers, food manufacturers, distributors, retailers, agents and exporters) to meet regulatory, food safety and commercial quality criteria.

Applicants should also pay attention to relevant sections in Part A of the SQF Code - A HACCP-Based Supplier Assurance Code for the Food Industry.

As this is a product scheme, applicants also need to comply with ISO/IEC 17065:2012 – Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services.


  • Enables food sector suppliers to demonstrate that they have rigorous, credible food safety management systems in place.

  • Helps reduce assessment inconsistencies and the cost of multiple assessment standards.

Scheme owner

Safe Quality Food Institute, a division of the Food Marketing Institute.

More information

An application pack, application form and other relevant material is not available on this site. These documents are available through our SharePoint portal. If you are a body that we currently accredit, you can access this information through the Shared CAB Portal. If you are a new applicant, please complete an application enquiry form. Once this form is submitted, the Secretariat will contact you to advise the next steps.  For other stakeholders, please submit your inquiry through the online feedback form.

The Criteria for SQF Certification Bodies are available at