All persons working in the food business must have basic knowledge of food hygiene, so that they can safely handle food. The Food Hygiene Proficiency Certificate, i.e. Hygiene Passport, was developed to promote food safety.
At these web pages you may find concise information about the Hygiene Passport, proficiency tests, proficiency examiners, and food hygiene. Here also is a collection of answers to frequently asked questions regarding food hygiene.
Were it that you on these home pages could not find the information you were looking for, you may choose to send your question via email to: email@example.com. The hygiene proficiency’s hotline, tel. 029 5300 402, is at your service Tuesdays from 9 am to 12 noon.
Do I need a Hygiene Passport?
The worker has to have a hygiene passport if handling unpackaged perishable foodstuffs on food premises (e.g. cafés, restaurants, large-scale kitchens, fast food restaurants, food shops and factories producing foodstuffs). Examples of perishable foods are milk, meat and fish. Evira has compiled a table on what is considered to be safe handling of unpackaged perishable foodstuffs and what is not. The table (in Finnish) is available on Evira’s internet page Handling of unpackaged perishable foodstuffs.
One can work on food premises three months without a Hygiene Passport even if handling unpackaged perishable foodstuffs. It is required that one within three months of commencing work must acquire a Hygiene Passport. These three months retroactively are calculated also to include such prior work in the food business were Hygiene Passports are required.
You may also choose to ask your employer to tell more of this, as they are responsible for that the employees who because of their work need a Hygiene Passport also are in possession of one. If you are a food entrepreneur, you can also ask for information on food control in your municipality.
How and where can I get a Hygiene Passport?
You can get a Hygiene Passport from a proficiency examiner. The proficiency examiners arrange proficiency tests everywhere in Finland. It also is possible to acquire a hygiene passport not doing the test, provided you have a suitable exam or acquired an appropriate education.
The test encompasses 40 statements, which are either true or false, and you must be able to select the proper alternative for at least 34 of these statements. You will find more information on the proficiency tests via the link "Proficiency Test" at far left.A person taking part in a proficiency test must be prepared to prove his or her identity for the proficiency examiner. The examiner controls the identity document of the person being tested when he or she returns the examination form to the examiner after the test.
Regarding time schedules for proficiency tests, and exams and education, you may directly contact the certified proficiency examiners. You will find a list of proficiency examiners via the link "List of proficiency examiners certified by the Finnish Food Safety Authority" at far left. The list is arranged by postal codes, why it is easy to find the proficiency examiners in your own immediate region.
Although Evira controls these activities, theproficiency examinersyet operate independently. They themselves decide when and for whom they arrange tests. To cover for the costs of tests and granting certificates, theproficiency examinersmay charge their clients a fee.
I lost my Hygiene Passport, what shall I do?
Contact your ownproficiency examiner. Re-ordering of the Hygiene Passport is done by theproficiency examinergranting you the original hygiene passport.
Theproficiency examinermay order a new Hygiene Passport, provided one part (the paper certificate or the plastic card) of the Hygiene Passport still remains with you, or the original test form still is in the examiner’s archive. In case both parts have disappeared and more than three years have passed since the certificate was granted (and the examiner no longer has the test form in possession), you must do the test again.
If you via the link"List of proficiency examiners certified by the Finnish Food Safety Authority" at far left cannot find any contact information on your original examiner, then send your question by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, and regarding the original test, mention the date and place, and the examiner’s name and/or code number.
I’ve changed my name / there is an error in my Hygiene Passport, what shall I do?
Contact yourproficiency examiner who did arrange the test. If you via the link"List of proficiency examiners certified by the Finnish Food Safety Auhority" at far left cannot find any contact information on your original examiner, then send your question by email to: email@example.com, and regarding the original test, mention the date and place, and the examiner’s name and/or code number.
Where can I get more information?
If you on these home pages could not find the information you were looking for, you may choose to send your question via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. The hygiene proficiency’s hotline, tel. 029 5300 402, is at your service Tuesdays from 9 am to 12 noon.