We are excited to share two new publications with you that will help you prepare for the IFS Food 8 Audit. Discover the essential information and valuable insights they hold.

IFS Food 8 Doctrine version 2 

We updated the IFS Food 8 Doctrine. It is a normative document complementing the standard. Accordingly, companies, certification bodies and auditors must be aware of its content before the next audit. The current update clarifies the following requirements:  

  • Part 1, 1.2.1.1 on the use of a professional interpreting service provider. 
  • Part 3, 3.1.1.1 on the suspension or withdrawal of the accreditation of a certification body. 
  • Part 4, 4.2.1.1 on using the COID for companies in some specific cases.

IFS Food 8 Audit Checklist Guideline 

This guideline enhances your understanding of the IFS Food Requirements as well as their intention and background. It gives you hands-on advice and contains valuable references. 

For every chapter, the guideline offers you a selection of 

  • applicable European legislation, 
  • references to legislation in other parts of the world, 
  • and other helpful documents. 

For each requirement according to part 2 of the IFS Food 8 Standard (Audit Checklist), you will find 

  • examples of good practices, 
  • typical auditor questions, 
  • elements an auditor should check, 
  • and examples of non-conformities, Majors and KOs.

The guideline has an explanatory, supportive character and is not normative. It will equip companies with the same know-how as the auditors. 

Download the documents 

Benefit from these sources of expertise and be well-prepared for your next audit. 

  • Download the IFS Food 8 Doctrine version 2 here
  • Download the updated IFS Food 8 Audit Checklist Guideline here

Berlin, 30 January 2024