accreditation

If you produce or process meat, dairy, eggs or seafood you may be required to have an accreditation with SFPQ. To see if you're eligible read this guideline document.

If you are required to have an accreditation with SFPQ you need to demonstrate how you manage food safety risks in your day-to-day operations. You can do this by completing a food safety program or management statement as part of your accreditation requirements. You must be accredited with SFPQ before you can legally supply seafood in Queensland.

Please note: an accreditation can only be issued in the name of an individual or an incorporated body (an ACN registered company).

Making application

Your application should include the following information:

  • a completed application for accreditation form
  • a completed food safety program or management statement (whichever is required)
  • the application fee and also the accreditation fee (these fees appear on the application form)

Please note: The accreditation fee is not calculated on a pro rata basis.

You can email your completed application to info@safefood.qld.gov.au or by mail to Safe Food Production Queensland, PO Box 549, Stones Corner QLD 4120.

What happens next?

Your application will be assessed by the Central Assessment Team (CAT) and a desktop audit conducted against the activities described in your food safety program or management statement.

Fees do apply. Fees are charged in blocks of 15 minutes. A minimum of 15 minutes will be charged with an additional 15 mins for a report. Applicants are strongly urged to ensure that the details provided are complete to ensure that the processing time is as short as possible.

Once your application has been assessed and an accreditation granted by SFPQ an accreditation certificate will be sent to you, together with important information about your accreditation. You are then eligible to supply seafood in Queensland. There are certain things you are required to do as part of this responsibility. For more information about this contact SFPQ on 1800 300 815.

Maintain your program

Throughout the year you will have to make sure that your food safety program or management statement remains current and up to date.

Any major changes to your business might require approval from SFPQ, such as:

- change to processes (e.g. undertaking additional processing activities)
- change to your equipment (e.g. operating a new commercial fishing vessel)
- change to activities (e.g. receiving seafood from a new supplier)
- change to critical control points (e.g. cleaning process)

Got questions?

Get in touch by calling 1800 300 815 or email us at info@safefood.qld.gov.au