How do I get a Hygiene Passport?

You will get a Hygiene Passport

  • by getting a pass in a Hygiene Passport test or
  • Having a suitable qualification or education in the food sector.
  • The Hygiene Passport will not be issued on the basis of a suitable food qualification or education as of 1 January 2020 when the Food Act (23/2006) changes. All persons working in the food premises and handling unpackaged easily perishable food there must pass a Hygiene Passport test in order to have a hygiene pass. Untill 31.12.2019, Hygiene Passports issued on the basis of qualifications or education are valid if the Hygiene Passport is still in safe. If both parts of the Hygiene Passport, both the card and the paper certificate, are lost, the Hygiene Passport test must be passed successfully in order to have a new Hygiene Passport.

Who issues Hygiene Passports?

Independent Hygiene Passport Examiners which are approved by Finnish Food Authority issue Hygiene Passports. Finnish Food Authority does not organise Hygiene Passport tests or training for the participants in the tests. Finnish Food Authority does not issue Hygiene Passports. It is the duty of the Hygiene Passport Examiner to organise and inform on tests, and to issue new Hygiene Passports (when a Hygiene Passport is lost or contains errors or when there is a name change).

Who organises Hygiene Passport tests?

Independent Hygiene Passport Examiners approved by Finnish Food Authority organise Hygiene Passport tests in different parts of Finland. The Hygiene Passport Examiners do not organise tests outside Finland’s borders.

How can I contact a Hygiene Passport Examiner?

There are over 2000 Hygiene Passport Examiners approved by Finnish Food Authority all over Finland. The Examiners' contact details are found under the link "List of Hygiene Passport Examiners". The list is organised according to postal code, which makes it easy for you to find Hygiene Passport Examiners in your area. You can contact Examiners in your municipality or area by for example e-mail when you want information on timetables for the Hygiene Passport tests, enrolment, participation in the Hygiene Passport test, prices et cetera.

The Hygiene Passport Examiners are independent parties, even though their activities are supervised by Finnish Food Authority. It is the Hygiene Passport Examiners who decide when and for whom they will organise Hygiene Passport tests.  Hygiene Passport Examiners can charge their clients for the costs related to organising the Hygiene Passport test and issuing a Hygiene Passport.

For more information and contact details for the Hygiene Passport Examiners, contact Finnish Food Authority’s customer service on Hygiene Passports:

  • hygieniapassi@ruokavirasto.fi
  • Customer Service number 029 5300 402 on Tuesdays 9-12 am