Hygiene Passport

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 easily perishable foodstuffs.

Food premises are for example cafés, restaurants, fast food restaurants, institutional kitchens, food shops, bakeries and factories producing foodstuffs. Examples of easily perishable foodstuffs are milk, meat and fish. Finnish Food Authority has compiled a table on what is considered to be handling of unpackaged, easily perishable foodstuffs and what is not. The table is available on Finnish Food Authority's internet page under Handling of unpackaged easily perishable foodstuffs


Information on the Hygiene Passport, hygiene proficiency, the Hygiene Passport test, Hygiene Passport Examiners and food hygiene is available on Finnish Food Authority’s pages on Hygiene Passports. The following are the most frequently asked questions and information about hygiene passport:

Re-ordering of a Hygiene Passport

For more information contact the Finnish Food Authority’s customer service on Hygiene Passports:

Please note that regular, unsecured email is not secure. Send e-mails that contain a classified or otherwise sensitive matter or document to the Finnish Food Authority via the Turvaviesti-palvelu. With a security message, you can also send large attachments.


Page last updated 11/18/2021