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We have recently launched our completely redesigned website. Today, we are happy to share that it is now available in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish. The new website will automatically appear in the language of the respective country you are in.

Following up on our news from 28 March, we would like to take this opportunity to answer some frequently asked questions about the new website.

How can I find a specific document in my language?

The easiest way to find a document is to use the document hub on the homepage. It is our central and free library from which you can download all publicly available IFS Documents relating to our current standards, programs, checks, and other relevant topics.

The best way to search is to use the dropdown menus in the search boxes. For example, to find the IFS Food Standard in Polish, choose Food from the standard menu, Standard as document type and Polish as the language.

Learn more about it in the IFS Document Hub Fact Sheet.

Can I search for documents on the standard and program pages?

We will integrate the document hub on the standard and program pages to make searching relevant documents more efficient.  The default settings will be set to the corresponding language and standard/program on the French, German, Italian and Spanish pages. On the English pages, you will be able to change the language settings.

Where can I find the directory of certification bodies, consultants, and training providers?

This information is located on the standard and program pages under the following headings:

  • “Train” directs you to the training providers page
  • “Implement” provides a search for recognised IFS Consultants
  • “Audit/Assess” contains a search for certification bodies and assessment services providers.

Each standard and program page offers a “one-stop shop” in which you can access all the relevant information and documents and locate our partners immediately.

Where do I find the audit time calculation tool?

The audit time calculation tool has moved from the website to the IFS Software. It is integrated into the IFS auditXpressX and the new auditXpress Neo software. We provide the software free of charge to certified and global markets assessed companies, consultants, and CBs. You will find it in your login area of the IFS Database.

We also provide the tool as an .exe file on the new website for a transitional period. This small downloadable program is only applicable for IFS Food version 7. It will expire with the start of Food 8. You can download it here.

How do I reach the qualification platforms?

Information and login links to our various qualification platforms have changed. You will find them at the top of the standard and program pages or in the special areas for consultants and training providers.

More is yet to come! We continue to optimise the site based on the feedback we are receiving. It will get new features as we look to expand our services further.


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In case of complaints, it is possible to reach IFS IP via the complaint-form or e-mail.

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IFS Food 8 audits can start now

It is now possible to perform audits according to IFS Food version 8. For a period of three months, it is possible to perform an audit to either version 7 or version 8. IFS Food 8 audits will become mandatory for all certified companies from 1 January 2024. 

The applicability of version 2 ends on 31 December 2023; only in exceptional cases may they be performed after this date. These exceptions are specified in the current IFS Food Doctrines for version 7 and version 8.

The update of the IFS Software auditXpress Neo (AXP Neo) for IFS Food 8 is already available. It significantly facilitates the reporting of internal audits and is free of charge. The new software is fast, intuitive, and clearly arranged. It facilitates the collaboration between audited companies and the certification body, that uses the same software.

Businesses certified to the IFS Food Standard find AXP Neo for downloading in the login area of the IFS Database. We have also made this software available to CBs approved for IFS Food and auditors who did the version 8 conversion training. 

On our IFS YouTube channel, you can watch our video that gives you an overview of the most important changes in version 8 compared to version 7. For more details, download the IFS Food version 7 and version 8 comparison document.

The IFS Food Standard page provides all relevant information about the standard, the roadmap to certification and all relevant documents for downloading from the document hub. Be sure to visit this page to be excellently prepared for your first IFS Food 8 audit.

New doctrine for HPC version 3!

We recently published the doctrine for IFS HPC version 3. In this document, we answer frequently asked technical questions and give clarifications about the requirements.

The doctrine is a normative document complementing the standard. Accordingly, companies, certification bodies and auditors must follow the clarifications contained therein. 

Among other topics, you will find more details regarding specific exceptional situations in which the audit to version 2 can be accepted after 1 September 2023.  

Make sure to download the doctrine for IFS HPC version 3 before your next audit. 


Check the technical clarifications in the new IFS Food Doctrines

We recently published the doctrines for IFS Food version 7 and version 8.

In these documents, we answer frequently asked technical questions and give clarifications about the requirements. The doctrines are normative documents complementing the standard. Accordingly, companies, certification bodies and auditors must follow the clarifications contained therein.

Among other topics, you will find more details regarding specific exceptional situations in which the assessment to version 7 can be accepted after 1 January 2024. Also, we clarified the information you need to provide in the extraordinary information form related to IFS Food 8 requirement 1.2.6.

Make sure to download the doctrine for IFS Food version 7 and for IFS Food version 8 before your next audit.


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