Those who work in the food industry must have basic knowledge of food hygiene in order to ensure food safety. The Finnish hygiene passport for the food industry was developed to promote food safety.
A person has to have a hygiene passport if
- they work on food premises and
- handle unpackaged perishable foodstuffs.
Food premises are for example cafés, restaurants, fast food restaurants, institutional kitchens, food shops, bakeries and factories producing foodstuffs. Examples of perishable foodstuffs are milk, meat and fish. Evira has compiled a table on what is considered to be handling of unpackaged, perishable foodstuffs and what is not. The table is available on Evira's internet page under Handling of unpackaged perishable foodstuffs.
Information on the hygiene passport, hygiene proficiency, the proficiency test, proficiency examiners and food hygiene is available on Evira’s pages on hygiene passports. The page Frequently asked questions contains answers and information on the following:
- Who is required to have a hygiene passport?
- What is the hygiene passport like?
- How can i get a hygiene passport?
- Proof of identity for a proficiency test
- Ordering a replacement hygiene passport
- Validity of the hygiene passport
- Foreign hygiene passports and qualifications
- Cost of the hygiene passport
- Studies/training before the proficiency test
For more information contact Evira’s customer service on hygiene passports:
- Customer Service number 029 5300 402 on Tuesdays 9-12 am
- Hygiene Proficiency brochure (pdf)
- Hygiene passport visiting card (pdf)
- Model hygiene passport: proficiency certificate in paper format (pdf)
- Model hygiene passport: hygiene proficiency card (pdf)