SQF Consulting

QMS Audits specialises in SQF Consulting. We help clients to develop HACCP Plans, write SQF Quality Manuals and conduct internal audits. We can attend your SQF Certification audit too.

Our SQF consulting clients have enjoyed very high SQF scores for a long period of time. Understand what the auditor is looking for to get great audit scores and start supplying to new customers in as little as 6 weeks.

SQF GAP
AUDIT

We need to close the gap between HACCP & SQF

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SQF complete package

We need help to prepare for an SQF audit

fixed fee package

SQF CONSULTING & INTERNAL AUDITING

We need ongoing support for our team

hourly fee

*10% discount applies on the standard price of training when purchasing the SQF complete package and training together.
Cannot be applied in conjunction with any other offer.

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Why Choose QMS Audits

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SQFI Training Centre

All of our Consultants have undergone the latest Edition 9 Training through our SQFI training centre.

SQF Practitioner Training
Food Safety Training

Dedicated GFSI Consultants in Melbourne, Sydney & Brisbane

Our consultants come from the food industry where they have implemented lots of SQF, HACCP and other GFSI Standards and helped our clients achieve high SQF audit scores.

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Simple, Practical, Effective

Our HACCP Plans and SQF quality management system have been to audit many times. We customise line by line for your business. Our documents have been simplified to make the system easy to maintain.

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Fast turn around times

Is your business looking for new opportunities or under pressure from a customer to have SQF certification? We understand your urgency so we won’t hold you up with unnecessary requirements.

SQF Training Options

Choose the SQF training that works for you

SQF
PRACTITIONER

2-day training

$1,395 (+GST)

Includes

2-day Implementing
SQF Systems Edition 9

UPCOMING DATES

SQF quality
systems

1-day training

$695 (+GST)

Includes

1-day SQF Quality
Systems Edition 9

UPCOMING DATES

SQF
CONVERSION

1-day training

$695 (+GST)

Includes

1-day Update from
SQF Edition 8 to Edition 9

UPCOMING DATES

HACCP PRINCiPLES AND APPlICATIONS

2-day training

$1,250 (GST exempt)

Includes

2-day HACCP Principles and Applications

UPCOMING DATES

SQF PRACTITIONER
+ HACCP

4-day training

$2,645 (+GST)

Includes

2-day HACCP Principles and Applications
+
2-day Implementing SQF Systems
Edition 9

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SQF Practitioner package

5-day training

$2,995 (+GST)

Includes

2-day HACCP Principles and Applications
+
2-day Implementing SQF Systems
Edition 9
+
1-day SQF Quality Systems

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SQF Certification FAQ

HACCP is a gateway system for food safety. If you can understand that a pedestrian gate will probably only stop the dog from getting out, whilst a castle gate has a lot more controls and therefore should stop an entire army, then you can probably get your head around HACCP. HACCP is about identifying potential food safety and quality hazards and then deciding what type of gate you need to put in place – do I need a pedestrian gate or a castle with a moat, draw bridge, high, thick walls and guards with bows and arrows? Join us in HACCP Principles & Applications and you will learn to write your own HACCP Plan.

SQF stands for Safe Quality Foods. The Safe Quality Food Program is a rigorous and credible food safety and quality program that is recognised by retailers, brand owners, and food service providers world-wide. QMS Audits is an SQFI approved trainer. Click here to read more about SQF.

SQF is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standard. It is also a HACCP based standard, which means you need to have a HACCP plan documented and implemented in the food business before undergoing an SQF audit.

There are a series of SQF standards including SQF Food Manufacturing, SQF Storage and Distribution and SQF Packaging. For more information about SQF, please visit our SQF page.

We keep it real! We will teach you how to write up a HACCP Plan – we give you HACCP templates to give you a head start and you will get to write some of your HACCP Plan up in the class. On the first day, we review the Food Standards Code, explain how bacteria and other pathogens grow in food. As a class, we find why you can’t legally sell hash cookies or ‘road kill’. We work through lots of examples from Packing Sheds through to small manufacturers to catering and high risk processing. On the second day, we build a HACCP Plan together as a class, based on one of the participant’s business. We keep our class sizes small. We drive healthy class discussion to keep you awake and to keep it relevant. It means you can get lots of real life examples from us and your classmates that you can use when you get back to work. There is plenty of time to ask specific questions about your business.If you need HACCP Certification – please give us a call on 1300 404 505 – We are more than happy to explain the process to you over the phone.

This Implementing SQF Systems Training course is approved by SQFI. We will walk through the SQF Edition 9 Food Manufacturing standard as a class, offering lots of examples on how to cover off and implement the updated SQF standard.

There are three main areas we cover:

  1. Part A – Basically how SQF Certification works
  2. Part B – Module 2 – The System Elements
  3. Part B – Module 11 – Good Manufacturing Processes of Food Products.

Using the official SQFI training materials, we will go through each of the SQF Edition 9 requirements in a detailed and concise manner. We will give you lots of examples of how to conform to the SQF requirements while keeping your quality management system simple and straightforward.

As we work through the SQF Edition 9 requirements, we map it out on a wall and gradually build a summary of the SQF Edition 9 manufacturing standard, outlining a rough ‘To-Do’ List on what needs to be done to achieve high SQF scores.

We will cover the following:

  • How does SQF certification operate and what does that mean for my business?
  • Basic overview of the standard – what is it trying to achieve?
  • How to set up a dropbox folder to manage a streamlined and efficient audit.
  • What are the SQF requirements and what do they mean?
  • How do I comply with the SQF requirements?

QMS Audits writes up and assists a large number of clients with all of the GFSI standards, including SQF, BRC and FSSC22000. We use this expertise and experience to explain some non-conformances our clients have incurred and how we have closed them out.

We also suggest practical ways to improve your facility and documentation, including policies, procedures, and your SQF quality manual. Our SQF consulting clients have enjoyed very high SQF scores for a long period of time.

All of our training is conducted in a lively and informative manner. We thrive on class discussion. We are one of Australia’s largest providers of HACCP and food safety training. We keep it real and we make sure it is fun.

We cover each of the following elements of the following two modules.

Module 2 – System Elements includes:

  • 2.1 Management Commitment
  • 2.2 Document Control and Records
  • 2.3 Specifications, Formulations, Realisation, and Supplier Approval
  • 2.4 Food Safety System
  • 2.5 SQF System Verification
  • 2.6 Product Traceability and Crisis Management
  • 2.7 Food Defence and Food Fraud
  • 2.8 Allergen Management
  • 2.9 Training

Module 11 includes:

  • 11.1 Site Location and Premises
  • 11.2 Site Operation
  • 11.3 Personnel Hygiene and Welfare
  • 11.4 Personnel Processing Practices
  • 11.5 Water, Ice, and Air Supply
  • 11.6 Receipt, Storage, and Transport
  • 11.7 Separation of Functions
  • 11.8 Waste Disposal

This 1-day SQF Training workshop has been designed to give new and existing SQF Practitioners an understanding of the new Edition 9 requirements. It is essential training, but not mandatory, for any SQF practitioner undergoing their initial audit. 

As a class, we will walk through the requirements of the SQF Quality module and explain the differences between Edition 8 and Edition 9. We focus on some of the theoretical concepts behind quality, enabling a more detailed understanding of the quality standards requirements.

We discuss in detail how to put together your process control project, what the auditor will be looking for and what is the simplest way to achieve a meaningful outcome for the business, as well as satisfying the SQF quality module requirements.

We offer lots of examples on how to cover off and implement the updated SQF standard.

Using the official SQFI Quality module training materials, we will go through each of the updated or new SQF Edition 9 requirements in a detailed and concise manner. We will give you lots of examples of how to conform to the SQF Quality Systems Edition 9 requirements while keeping your quality management system simple and straightforward.

As we work through the new SQF Edition 9 requirements, we will outline a rough ‘To-Do’ List on what needs to be done to achieve high SQF scores. 

QMS Audits writes up and assists a large number of clients with all of the GFSI standards, including SQF, BRC and FSSC22000. Our SQF consulting clients have enjoyed very high SQF scores for a long period of time.

We use this expertise and experience to explain some non-conformances our clients have incurred and how we have closed them out.

SQF Edition 9 comes in to effect on 24th May 2021. Our conversion course will walk you through the requirements of SQF Food Manufacturing requirements explain the differences between Edition 8 and Edition 9.

HACCP Principles and Applications 2 day course.

The major update to the HACCP training requirements in the SQF  that affects most SQF sites is that there is a requirement for two fully trained SQF practitioners. The exact wording from the Standard is:

2.1.1.4 Senior site management shall designate a primary and substitute SQF practitioner for

each site with responsibility and authority to:

  1. Oversee the development, implementation, review, and maintenance of the SQF System;

  2. Take appropriate action to ensure the integrity of the SQF System; and

  3. Communicate to relevant personnel all information essential to ensure the effective implementation and maintenance of the SQF System.

2.1.1.5 The primary and substitute SQF practitioner shall:

  1. Be employed by the site;

  2. Hold a position of responsibility related to the management of the site's SQF System;

  3. Have completed a HACCP training course;

  4. Be competent to implement and maintain HACCP based food safety plans; and

  5. Have an understanding of the SQF Food Safety Code: Food Manufacturing and the requirements to implement and maintain an SQF System relevant to the site's scope of certification.

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