The IFS HPC Standard for household and personal care products covers the safety and quality management system and production processes. It is applicable to retailer private label products, manufacturers' brands, and non-branded products by other organisations. By implementing the standard requirements, suppliers of HPC products can meet the market's growing demands for quality, transparency, and traceability. With IFS HPC Certification, manufacturers demonstrate that they can produce safe and high-quality products following legal requirements and customer

specifications. In doing so, they secure access to retail and wholesale opportunities and strengthen customers' confidence in the market. Suppliers and their customers can rely on the quality of IFS Audits. Only qualified IFS Auditors working for independent and accredited certification bodies perform them.
IFS Standards are subject to assessments by governmental or private organisations. Read more about accreditation and recognition of the IFS HPC Standard here.


  • IFS Certification grows sales 
  • The requirements reduce operating costs and increase efficiency
  • The scoring system drives continuous improvement 
  • The IFS risk-based approach enables individual risk assessments 
  • The non-prescriptive approach allows custom-made solutions  
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Roadmap to certification


For industry training, IFS cooperates with approved training providers. Also, we offer e-learning courses in English in our webshop.

Approved IFS Training Providers offer official training for IFS Standards and Programs, internal auditing, hazard analysis, risk assessments or specific technical topics.

IFS exclusively provides the training material for these courses. This way, you can be sure that only these providers will teach you how to implement IFS requirements according to their original intention. Only our approved training providers may use the IFS Academy Logo.

The training takes place online as group and individual courses or in person and on-site.

Click here to find an IFS Training Provider in your country.


You can implement the IFS Requirements on your own or tap into the expertise, knowledge, and experience of a recognised IFS Consultant.

IFS supports you with a unique package of various tools and guiding documents (see below). Also, you can contact an IFS Representative in your region or country for advice.

Recognised IFS Consultants are industry professionals offering training, standard knowledge, internal auditing, and industry experience to guide the implementation of the IFS Requirements. IFS has trained these consultants and regularly informs them about updates and other relevant developments regarding the standards and programs. You can be sure that you will work with an excellently trained, up to date and experienced professional when choosing a recognised IFS Consultant.

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Approved IFS Certification Bodies (CBs) provide auditing services to companies seeking IFS Certification. Their IFS Auditors offer certification audits.

We firmly believe that solid auditor competence is the basis for the IFS Standards' credibility and reliability. All IFS Auditors must meet specific requirements, pass the relevant IFS Exam, and participate in an IFS Calibration Training every two years. This way, we ensure that IFS Auditors worldwide assess companies in a consistent manner.

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Support for IFS certified sites


Connect with the IFS Network to grow your business. As a certified business, you can log in to the IFS Database to follow suppliers and search for new ones. Also, your company is visible to potential new customers and business partners.


Simplify your internal auditing with the IFS Software. Use the same software as the IFS Auditor to evaluate your product safety and quality management system efficiently. Get score results to assess areas for improvement and create internal audit reports. You can download the software from your IFS Database login area.

Supporting Documents

IFS Guidelines and Checklists help you with practical advice on specific technical topics. Prepare for the audit/assessment with guidance documents explaining the intention of the requirements and giving examples of auditor questions. Go to the document hub and search for guidelines to get an overview. 


Strengthen your product safety and quality management skills. For certified businesses, the IFS Pathway offers a technical library and various practical resources to deepen your knowledge about specific technical topics.

IFS News

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. 


IFS HPC version 3 is out!

Today, we are happy to announce the publication of IFS HPC version 3. It is our standard for assessing the safety and quality management system and production processes of household and personal care products.

“Consumers’ expectations of the quality and product safety of household and personal care products have increased in recent years. Health and safety issues have created a desire for more transparency in production and the supply chain. The IFS HPC is the standard developed to build more confidence in the market. With the new version 3, we offer an improved approach to assessing a company’s product safety and quality management”, says IFS Managing Director, Stephan Tromp, about the latest edition of IFS HPC.

The new version of the standard provides an updated approach to assessing a company’s product safety and quality management, including customer specifications. Its focus on assessing topical issues for the HPC industry, like hazard analysis, risk assessment, allergen risk mitigation, product safety culture, and product specifications, clearly demonstrates the objectives of the new IFS HPC Standard.

IFS provides guidance and support, such as guidelines and tools, to support companies with their certification. In addition, approved IFS Training Providers offer training based on IFS Materials, and recognised IFS Consultants can support you in implementing the requirements.

Please find the standard and other documents here.


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