The IFS Standards currently comprise six standards, which have been developed for and by the stakeholders involved in all parts of the supply chain. All standards are process standards which help users when implementing legal provisions regarding food and/or product safety, and provide uniform guidelines on food, -- product safety and quality issues. An IFS certification shows that the certified company has established processes which are suitable for ensuring food and/or product safety, and that it has considered and implemented customer specifications. Certification is open to food manufacturers, brokers, logistics providers, manufacturers of household and hygiene products as well as wholesalers. The following pages contain a detailed description of all our standards, with supplementary documents available for download.
What is new with IFS Food version 7?
- Increased focus on the on-site evaluation, less on documentation
- New wording: the audit becomes an assessment, to highlight the product and process approach of IFS in keeping with ISO/IEC 17065
- Reduced number of requirements by 15 %
- Improved structure, tailored to the IFS stakeholders’ needs
- Checklist aligned with latest GFSI Benchmarking Requirements Version 2020.1, FSMA, and EU regulations
- Improved and better defined scoring system
- The assessment report more clearly structured and user-friendly
- Food Safety Culture has been incorporated into the assessment checklist
- Every third certification assessment is unannounced
- Mandatory GLN for companies in the EEA and UK: click here for more information
The IFS Global Markets – HPC is a standardized non-food safety assessment program for retailers as well as manufacturers of branded HPC products. The program is meant to support “small and/or less developed businesses” in the development of their product safety management systems and making the first step towards the implementation of the IFS HPC Standard.
IFS Food is a standard for the auditing of companies that process food or companies that pack loose food products. IFS Food is only applied where the product is "processed or handled", or if there is a danger of product contamination during the primary packaging.
IFS Food is applied to:
- processing and working and/or
- handling of loose products and/or
- activities undertaken during the primary packaging.
The IFS Global Markets – Food is a standardized food safety assessment program for retailers as well as industry branded food products. The program is meant to support “small and/or less developed businesses” in the development of their food safety management systems and making the first step towards the implementation of the IFS Food Standard.
IFS Wholesale / Cash & Carry Standard was developed to optimize the audit procedures of wholesalers and cash & carry markets. These two distinct types of businesses are seen as important connectors between producers and converters as well as commercial clients. Besides a wide range of traded products, they can also carry out certain treatment and/or processing activities and develop own brands. Depending on the core business of the company, a tailor made checklist applies, either for Wholesale or Cash & Carry.
IFS Logistics is applicable to both food and non-food products and covers all logistics activities, such as loading, unloading and transportation. The standard can be applied to all sorts of transportation; heavy goods vehicles, trains, ships, aeroplanes and every other type of transport (temperature controlled or at room temperature).
The IFS Global Markets Logistics program’s objective is to facilitate market access locally, create mutual acceptance along the supply chain and provide a framework for mentoring, developing and assessing small and less developed logistics service provider. These companies might encounter difficulties in implementing efficient product safety and quality processes, due to their size, lack of technical expertise or economic resources. The program includes a protocol to drive incrementally the continuous improvement process in logistics safety management systems. It offers a flexible application of the stepwise approach in sense of time, starting level and final level to achieve. Moreover, the IFS Global Markets- Logistics offers a good opportunity to make first steps towards a full IFS Logistics certification.
IFS Broker is the standard applicable to companies primarily involved in trading. A broker can choose to own or not own the traded product. In any case, a broker is responsible for the safety, quality and legality of the traded products and the IFS Broker can help to fulfill these requirements.