IFS PACsecure 1.1

The IFS PACsecure Standard is the result of the joint effort of IFS, the Packaging Association of Canada (currently PAC Packaging Consortium), and the technical working group consisting of leading food and packaging companies in North America. This IFS Standard was created to assess the quality and safety of packaging materials and the compliance with customer requirements, but also as a tool to support businesses to meet new requirements on quality, transparency and efficiency, resulting from globalisation, and to improve product integrity along the entire supply chain.


IFS PACsecure was developed for manufacturers of the following materials:

  • Flexible packaging
  • Rigid plastic
  • Paper
  • Metal
  • Glass
  • Other natural materials


The aims of IFS PACsecure are:

  • to provide food safety for packaging
  • to establish a common Standard with a uniform evaluation system
  • to work with accredited certification bodies and qualified IFS approved auditors
  • to ensure comparability and transparency throughout the entire supply chain
  • to reduce costs and time for both manufacturers and retailers.
  • Compliance with GFSI requirements


The risk based approach of IFS certification offers flexibility regarding the implementation of the requirements. IFS certification is non-prescriptive and offers a number of key benefits to companies striving for excellence in quality, safety and customer satisfaction, and seeking a competitive advantage in their market place.

Production department benefits

  • Improved understanding between management and staff relating to good practices, standards and procedures
  • Monitoring of compliance with regulations
  • More effective use of resources
  • Decreased need for customer audits
  • Independent third party audits
  • Higher flexibility through individual implementation due to a risk based approach

Marketing department benefits

  • Improved business reputation as a manufacturer of high-quality and safe products
  • Ability to trade with customers requiring third party audits
  • Use of the IFS PACsecure logo and certificate to demonstrate compliance with the highest standards




IFS works with independent, trained, and knowledgeable consultants to support you during the implementation process. Consultants offer support, experience and guidance smoothing the path to certification. The list of IFS trained independent consultants can be found here.


Certification Bodies

IFS is responsible for developing standards, implementing regulations and providing training to auditors. However, the certification process is organised and carried out by independent certification bodies. Any related contractual matters are negotiated exclusively between the certification body and the relevant companies. A list of certification bodies, sorted by country and standard, can be found here.



  • BOXmaster

"The integration of the IFS PACsecure Standard and practices has contributed to BOXmaster providing something unique in our market"

by Greg Reid, General Manager BOXmaster

Read the full article here.


  • Associated Labels and Packaging

"International Featured Standards PACsecure raises the bar in meeting new stringent government regulations to protect consumers."

by Jay Ashworth, Associated Labels and Packaging

Read the full article here.


  • Color Ad Packaging

"We marketed ourselves as IFS PACsecure-certified. We realized that consistently maintaining this standard was extremely important."

by Tony Christian, Compliance and Quality Manager, Color Ad Packaging

Read the full article here.


  • BRF

"We chose to indicate IFS PACSecure standard to our supplier by understanding that in addition to the documental evaluation, IFS PACSecure guidelines are oriented to direct evaluations in the production processes. Evaluations with this focus brings benefits to the audited process and confidence for clients on ensuring compliance with the proposed standards."

by Mariana Borella Camera, Garantia da Qualidade Fornecedores - Embalagens, BRF


Further information

For IFS PACsecure related questions please contact:

For PAC Packaging Consortium information, please contact to Lindsey Cooper: lcooper@pac.ca




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