Food Service Hygienically Clean Certification

Hygienically Clean certifications recognize linen, uniform and facility services companies’ commitment to cleanliness

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Hygienically Clean Food Service certification recognizes textile services operations supplying the restaurant industry and other food service establishments. This process eliminates subjectivity by focusing on outcomes and results that verify textiles cleaned in these facilities meet appropriate hygienically clean standards and best management practices for servicing full- and limited- service restaurants, hotels, hospitals, educational institutions and other locations where food is handled and served.

Achieving this certification reflects your commitment to BMPs in laundering as verified by third-party audits and your capability to produce hygienically clean textiles as quantified by ongoing microbiological testing. Your dedication to compliance and processing uniforms and linens using BMPs as described in your Quality Assurance (QA) manual is validated. The QA manual is the focus of the auditor’s evaluation of your Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs), BMPs and HAACP principles to minimize risk.

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The Hygienically Clean Food Service Standard establishes the criteria for the production and delivery of hygienically clean reusable textiles for use in food and beverage industry establishments. The Standard ensures that ensure that BMPs are documented and followed, and the facility complies with all federal, state, and local regulatory requirements. The Standard requires adherence to the following requirements and guidelines relevant to the handling and processing of textiles used in food and beverage establishments.

  • Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) principles
  • Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI),
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • CODEX Alimentarius International Food Standards
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and
  • The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

The Standard must be used as a guide for you to create your Quality Assurance (QA) Manual for certification and to prepare your facility for the onsite audit.


Certification Transfer Policy

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Upon applying for the program, you should read the entire Hygienically Clean Food Service Standard. This will clarify the textiles that require testing. To become eligible for Hygienically Clean Food Service certification, you must pass two consecutive sequences of microbiological testing of textiles indicating that your processes are producing Hygienically Clean Food Service linens and garments and negligible presence of harmful bacteria.

Microbiological Sample Testing Process

All testing is done by a Hygienically Clean-approved laboratory accredited by an accreditation body recognized under the ILAC MRA (Mutual Recognition Arrangement) or recognized by federal or state agencies for microbiological testing. Examples of acceptable third-party accreditation bodies include the International Accreditation Service (IAS), American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), and ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board doing business as ACLASS. Laboratories recognized by federal or state agencies such as EPA, FDA, Department of Agriculture, CDC, CPSC, and OSHA are also approved. All samples must be submitted on the correct Chain of Custody (COC) form provided by the approved laboratory.

Click here to get more information on submitting samples for testing for eligibility.

Use the links below to download forms as required for one of the approved labs:

USP 62 and RODAC Test COC Form


Quality Assurance Manual

Your facility must have a Quality Assurance (QA) Manual to ensure that BMPs are documented and followed as outlined in the Quality Assurance Program of the Standard. The Standard provides you with a guide to documenting the policies and procedures your facility follows to produce Hygienically Clean textiles. Your QA Manual must include the following policies and procedures:

Best Management Practices (BMPs)

  • Plant Facilities
  • Housekeeping
  • Laundry Process
  • Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (as applicable)
  • Compliance with OSHA Regulations

Audit Process

Hygienically Clean certification requires your facility to pass an independent, third-party audit that confirms your dedication to compliance and processing using BMPs as outlined in the Hygienically Clean Standard. The focal point of the audit is the evaluation of your Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and demonstration of BMPs and HACCP principles as described in your QA Manual that minimize risk. Audits also evaluate practices relevant to handling and processing textile products used in food manufacturing/processing establishments for adherence to U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) directives.

The audit confirms essential evidence that:

  • Employees are properly trained and protected
  • Managers understand legal requirements
  • OSHA-compliant
  • Facility operates effectively

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) practices are examined, including your facility’s techniques for:

  • Conducting hazard analysis
  • Determining CCPs, monitoring their control, correcting them if not under control
  • Validating and verifying HACCP system effectiveness
  • Documenting and record-keeping to show ongoing conformance

The Audit process consists of two parts:

  1. Initial review of your QA Manual conducted by the Auditor prior to your Audit.
  2. Comprehensive audit of your facility focusing on the demonstration of your SOPs as outlined in the QA Manual and the Hygienically Clean standard.

Click here to learn more about the Audit Process

Certification is awarded on a three-year basis once your facility has passed your onsite audit and the final round of microbiological sample testing.

Maintaining certification requires testing on a quarterly basis and remittance of an annual certification fee.  A schedule for testing will be provided to you.

Hygienically Clean Food Service Brochure for Laundry Customers and Prospects
Included in this brochure: the quantified proof of laundry performance that Hygienically Clean certifies as well as the government and professional standards the certification reflects

Member Toolkit
Downloadable assets that members can use to promote the industry, their market sector and company including videos, customizable promotional flyers and social media posts

Contact Samlane Ketevong, Senior Director of Certification and Accreditation at or (540) 632-1914 to discuss any questions about eligibility, testing, and the audit process.

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Thank you for your interest in the Hygienically Clean Certification Program. To apply for or renew the Hygienically Clean certification, please download the application by selecting the appropriate button below. Please email, fax or mail the completed application to the Certification Department. We look forward to working with you throughout the certification process.

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