3-A SSI is an independent, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to advancing hygienic equipment design for the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries. We represent the interests of three stakeholder groups with a common commitment to promoting food safety and the public health — regulatory sanitarians, equipment fabricators and processors.

Standards & Accepted Practices

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Notice to all Users, Buyers, Fabricators and Inspection Personnel:

Any piece of equipment that DOES NOT display the 3-A Symbol is to be considered as not covered by any aspect of the 3-A Symbol Authorization Program.

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Quick Guides

  • The 3-A Symbol: An Overview

    Thinking of applying for 3-A Symbol authorization? This interactive module gives step-by-step instructions on how to apply for the 3-A Symbol, explains how to renew or amend a current certification, and lists the benefits of authorization.

  • Third Party Verification

    This interactive module gives a general overview of the Third Party Verification inspection required for applying for 3-A Symbol authorization. It includes a basic outline of the requirements for a TPV inspection, a description of what an inspection entails, and some general information on the independent inspection professionals, Certified Conformance Evaluators.

  • The 3-A Symbol: Proper Use and Display

    This interactive module provides a quick overview of the requirements for properly using and displaying the 3-A Symbol on authorized equipment or promotional materials. It also includes some marketing tools and information on reporting a case of unauthorized use of the Symbol.

  • How Do You Know It's Really "3-A"?

    This interactive module explains how to find out if a company has 3-A authorization, how to avoid falling for false or misleading claims that a company's product is "3-A", and how to report a case of unauthorized use of the 3-A Symbol.

Featured Video

More Than Just a Symbol

This is a great introduction to the 3-A Sanitary Standards organization and the 3-A Symbol licensing program.

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