Management Systems


The SQF Institute (SQFI) is a division of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), an association that conducts programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations on behalf of its 1,500 member companies – food retailers and wholesalers – in the United States and around the world. The SQF Institute was established by FMI in 2004 to administer the SQF Program and is located in Arlington, Virginia.

SQF is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world who require a rigorous, credible food safety management system.

Using the SQF certification program will help reduce assessment inconsistencies and costs of multiple assessment standards.

The SQF Program is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and links primary production certification to food manufacturing, distribution and agent/broker management certification.

Administered by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), SQF benefits from continual retailer feedback about consumer concerns. These benefits are passed on to SQF certified suppliers, keeping them a step ahead of their competitors.

SQF is the only scheme to integrate a quality component as well as food safety.

The Safe Quality Food Institute Mission : To deliver consistent, globally recognized food safety and quality certification programs based on sound scientific principles, consistently applied across all industry sectors, and valued by all stakeholders.

SQF Vision : To be the single most trusted source for global food safety and quality certification

Benefits of implementing an SQF system:

  • Improved food safety : The SQF program helps to identify and control food safety hazards, which can help to prevent foodborne illness.
  • Enhanced quality : The SQF program also helps to ensure that food products meet the highest quality standards.
  • Increased efficiency : The SQF program can help to improve operational efficiency by reducing waste and rework.
  • Market access : SQF certification is recognized by retailers and foodservice providers around the world, which can help to open up new market opportunities