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SQF Program Update


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SQF Program Update

  1. 1. Gary M. Smith Technical Director SQF Institute SQF Conference Melbourne, Victoria, Australia August 27 th , 2010 SQF Program Update
  2. 2. Discussion Points <ul><li>Program growth </li></ul><ul><li>2010 program improvements </li></ul><ul><li>Technology improvements </li></ul><ul><li>Future projects </li></ul>
  3. 3. Management of SQF Program <ul><li>SQF Program is owned by Food Marketing Institute (FMI) </li></ul><ul><li>SQF Program is operated by the SQF Institute, a division of FMI </li></ul><ul><li>Stakeholder input and oversight </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Advisory Council (TAC) – made up of segments from all stakeholders in industry (retailers, foodservice, suppliers, service providers) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Technical Sub-committees – stakeholder groups which develop documents for review by the TAC </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. The SQF Codes Both Standards have been benchmarked against the GFSI Benchmarking Document at Level 2 ARE NOT AUDIT CHECKLISTS SQF 2000 – A HACCP supplier assurance standard for the manufacturing sector SQF 1000 – HACCP based supplier assurance standard for primary producers
  5. 5. Status of SQF Globally <ul><li>Strong Growth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>120% growth in program over the last 18 months globally </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Steady growth in Australia and Asia Pacific region, strong growth in North America </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SQF certificates now in 30 countries </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SQF has now 357 registered auditors </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. SQF Registrations* by Month (last 12) Year to date total 1877; 2009 total 2502 * registrations and re-registrations Source: Muddy Boots Quickfire transaction report
  7. 7. SQF Active Certifications – August 2010
  8. 8. US Certifications by FSC by % – April 2010
  9. 9. Aus Certifications by FSC by % – July 2010
  10. 10. Update on SQF Training <ul><li>From April 2009 – April 2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Over 5000 students attended SQF course from 17 SQF training centers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>3,200 Implementing SQF 2000 exams passed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>316 SQF auditor exams passed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>468 Implementing SQF 2000 on-line courses taken </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. SQF 1000 5 th Edition Update <ul><li>5 th Edition final version was released Sept 1 st , 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Updates </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Expansion of scope of standard (grower, shipper, packer) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Program management details </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental practices </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. SQF 2000 6 th Edition Update <ul><li>SQF 2000 6 th Edition was finalized and posted in August, 2008 </li></ul><ul><li>Updated in July 2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Not a new version, no content was revised </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New scoring protocols for major and critical NCs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Certificates for sub-sites in a multi-site certification </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Updating of food sector categories </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. SQF Ethical Sourcing Module <ul><li>Module built combining the SQF modules (RSP, REP), retailer standards and the Global Social Compliance Program (GSCP) </li></ul><ul><li>To be combined with SQF certification audit </li></ul><ul><li>Expected to be 1 additional audit day </li></ul><ul><li>Auditors will be required to be SQF registered and undergo an additional training session on ethical sourcing module </li></ul>
  14. 14. Current SQF Audit Tools <ul><li>SQF 1000 5 th edition, current Sept 1st, 2009 (level 2 and 3) </li></ul><ul><li>SQF 2000 6 th edition, current July 1 st , 2010 (version 2: levels 1,2,3) </li></ul><ul><li>McDonalds Addendum, 1 st edition </li></ul><ul><li>Modules </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ethical Sourcing, 1 st edition </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Guidance Documents for SQF <ul><li>General Processing Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Produce Packing House (FSC 4) </li></ul><ul><li>Shell Egg (FSC 12) </li></ul><ul><li>Packaging (FSC 27) </li></ul><ul><li>Ethical Sourcing </li></ul><ul><li>In development </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brokers (FSC 35) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Transport and distribution (FSC 25 & 26) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SQF 1000 general </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. SQFI Technology Updates <ul><li>SQFI Website – being redesigned for new launch in 2011 </li></ul><ul><li>SQFI On-Line Training for examinations as well as Implementing SQF 2000 </li></ul><ul><li>SQFI Quickfire – Program and audit management system with buyer, CB, auditor and supplier functionality </li></ul><ul><li>Electronic Application Submission with RABQSA managing the SQF individual registration process </li></ul><ul><li>ICIX Interface to allow SQF audit data to flow to ICIX </li></ul>
  17. 17. Future Improvements <ul><li>Marketing Initiatives </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Newsletter, social media, new website design, surveys and new marketing materials </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Program Improvements </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Compliance – working with ABs and CBs to drive integrity and consistency into SQF program </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continue to improve data management systems </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Continue to improve customer service and maintain regional presence </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Market Expansion </li></ul><ul><ul><li>China </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Japan </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>India </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SQF 22000 </li></ul>
  18. 18. Summary <ul><li>The state of the SQF program is strong and moving forward </li></ul><ul><li>Our goal is to be global leader in food safety certification with local food safety and quality solutions for suppliers </li></ul><ul><li>Critical to program strength is our stakeholders </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>TAC, CBs, Training Centers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Buyers support </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The SQF program is YOURS and Thank You for all your support </li></ul>
  19. 19. Questions? Technical Questions Gary Smith LeAnn Chuboff Technical Director Technical Manager SQFI SQFI gsmith@ [email_address] General Inquiries: [email_address]