IFS general structure
The members are:
- Andrea Artoni
- Vincent Barthelemy
- Laurent Fracony
- Prof. Dr. Horst Lang
- Maria Lopez de Montenegro Uribe
- Dr. Thorsten Maier
- Karin Voß
- Cristina Díez
- Francois Feillet
- Giorgini Silver
- Andreas Swoboda
- Bert Urlings
- Stephan Tromp
The committees from HDE, FCD, Federdistribuzione, COOP and CONAD, as well as representatives from industry and certification bodies working for Food Law, Food Safety and Quality Assurance, have constituted a Working Group, in order to manage and maintain the IFS technically.
The Working Group consists of a number of experts of the retail industry, of the induustry and of the certification bodies. Their principal task is to enhance the IFS qualitative and to conduct the implementation of the different standards. Within this International Working Group,several members per country shall participate.
The IFS International Technical Committee is responsible for:
- Determination of the content of the IFS standards and its tools as well as the structure of the evaluation system
- Determination of changes, additions and cancellation
- Further development and release of the train-the-trainer concept
- Determination of the requirements for the accreditation of the certification bodies and auditor competences
- Support for the managing directors by the development of an evaluation system (quality assurance) for certification bodies and auditors
- Announcement of the Review Committee and decision about the participants
Beside the International Technical Committee, there are several sub working groups which are helping and providing technical information to the International IFS Working Group. These are:
- Examination working groups – composed with retailers and experts,
- National working groups – composed with national retailers who are not necessarily members of the International Working Group.
The Review Committee needs to demonstrate control of the quality and content of the IFS standards and will review the standards and the protocol after one year to ensure that they are still in compliance with their requirements. The Review Committee shall be formed with all participants involved in the audit process: the representatives of the retailers, representatives of the industry and of certification bodies. The objective of the review committee is to share experiences, discuss and decide about the changes to the IFS Standards, the requirements of the audit report and the training.