All Hygiene Passport tests are performed in a test room supervised by a Hygiene Passport Examiner. The Hygiene Passport test cannot be performed electronically or remotely.
A normal Hygiene Passport test is performed in Finnish, Swedish or English.
The Hygiene Passport Examiners may also arrange tests under so-called special circumstances. The test can for example be arranged in languages other than Finnish, Swedish or English. Tests under special circumstances have been arranged for example in Chinese and Russian. Tests have also been undertaken in braille and sign language.
Supervision during the test
Hygiene Passport tests are always performed independently under the supervision of a Hygiene Passport Examiner in a test room.
It is the duty of the Hygiene Passport Examiner to ensure that the premises and other arrangements for the test are such that every person who performs the test can work peacefully and independently.
Time allowed for the test
The time allowed for a normal Hygiene Passport test is 45 minutes. There is no time limit for tests under special circumstances. You may leave the room no earlier than 20 minutes after the test started.
The whole test has to be written on Finnish Food Authority’s test form (paper). The name and birth date have to be written clearly on the form by the person being tested. The Examiner will issue the Hygiene Passport based on that information.
The Hygiene Passport test consists of 40 true/false statements. The statements involve different areas of food hygiene. The statements are constructed in such a way that the test requires each statement to be read with care, and the answers should be considered from a food hygiene point of view as to the activities taking place on food premises.
There is not one correct answer in the legislation or a certain regulation for every statement, as the answers can also be based on for example good hygiene practices. There is therefore no absolute truth for some of the statements, but from a food hygiene point of view one answer is clearly a better alternative than the other. This kind of proficiency and understanding is what should be demonstrated in the test. It is also needed for the practical work.
Performing the test
- The person being tested marks an X in a box either for “true” or “false”, based on whether the person agrees with the statement or not.
- The answers are marked on Finnish Food Authority’s test form in a colour other than a black ballpoint pen or another similar pen, in order to ensure that the answers cannot be changed later and the original test form is archived in accordance with the regulations.
- To pass the test, a minimum of 34/40 points has to be achieved. Each correct answer is given one point. There are no minus points for wrong answers, so a pass will be given for up to six wrong answers. Empty boxes or unclearly marked answers (i.e. the proficiency examiner cannot work out which alternative is meant to be the correct one) are interpreted as being wrong.
Returning the test form and checking the identity
At the end of the test, the Hygiene Passport Examiner receives the test forms and at the same time checks the identity of those tested. The participants in the test must have original, valid and official ID with a picture at the test. The Examiner will issue Hygiene Passport with the name and date of birth that the test participant has written on the test form and confirmed by the Examiner on the ID when returning the test form. The ID cannot have a different name or date of birth than what is written on the test form. Name and date of birth cannot be changed later.
The Hygiene Passport Examiner checks and archives the test forms.
Test result and archiving of test forms
The Hygiene Passport Examiner checks and archives the test forms. The Examiner shall report the result of the test test participants no later than one month after the test. The Examiner archives the approved test forms for five years and the rejected test forms for three months from the date of the test. In the case of a renewal order for a Hygiene Passport, the Examiner shall archive all documents justifying the issue of the Hygiene Passport for a period of five years from the date of issue of the new Hygiene Passport.
If you want to discuss your test result with your own Hygiene Passport Examiner, contact the Examiner as soon as possible after you know the test result. Always check it with the Examiner first. If you have received a rejected test result and still want to request a correction from the Finnish Food Authority after you have discussed about your test result with your examiner, make a claim for adjustment to the Finnish Food Authority (pdf). Follow the instructions in the claim for adjustment or, if necessary, contact the Finnish Food Authority firstname.lastname@example.org. It should be noted that from the moment you have been informed of the test result and have had the opportunity to see your controlled test form, you have 30 days to request a correction from the Finnish Food Authority. Your own Hygiene Passport Examiner will submit your original rejected test form to the Finnish Food Authority’s registry office for the claim for adjustment. The Finnish Food Authority will process the claim for adjustment 30 days after the moment when the claim has arrived at the Finnish Food Authority. The Finnish Food Authority will make a decision on the matter and at the same time gives appeal instructions.
Note that the claim of adjustment must relate to an error made by the Hygiene Passport Examiner that occurred during the controlling of the test form or an error that is in the test claim. The test result will not be corrected unless it contains an error in the test form or a test claim. Therefore, it is not valid to justify the claim for correction that the total points obtained are close to the approved test result or that the points obtained do not correspond to your correct level of competence. The Finnish Food Authority will decide what the correct answers to the test claims are. Hygiene Passport Examiners control the test results in accordance with the Finnish Food Authority’s model test form.
There is a model test in printable pdf-format at the bottom of the page in Finnish, Swedish and English. You can also try the model test in electronic format. A model test cannot be used as an actual Hygiene Passport test, and a Hygiene Passport will not be issued based on the model test. The actual Hygiene Passport test is always a written test on Finnish Food Authority’s test form in paper format and organised by a Hygiene Passport Examiner. The actual Hygiene Passport test cannot be carried out electronically, online or any other way than in a test room.