IFS Global Markets PACsecure


The IFS Global Markets PACsecure is a development program that helps packaging suppliers gradually build risk-based and optimised product safety and quality management processes and capacity. It leads you on a path towards IFS PACsecure certification on which you can set the pace and milestones together with your customers. With IFS Global Markets PACsecure, you can develop processes that enable your company to meet both legal and customer requirements step by step. At the same time, you will learn to work more efficiently and economically and lay the foundation for further growth and scalability. 

IFS Global Markets PACsecure follows a risk-based, non-prescriptive approach. It enables custom solutions that take your specific production circumstances into account. You determine the best-suited methods to control hazards and manage your risks.


The implementation and evaluation of the requirements

To implement all the IFS Global Markets PACsecure requirements and follow it permanently may sound like a challenging and mammoth task – especially for smaller companies or those not having a fully developed product safety and quality process management yet. For this reason, the program is built in steps:

  • The requirements for comprehensive product safety and quality management processes are gradually introduced.

  • The expected duration of each level is one year; however, the program allows flexibility in the timeframe, if it is agreed with your business partner. Within three years, you should reach the implementation of the IFS PACsecure standard requirements.


IFS Global Markets PACsecure Path

IFS PACsecure version 2 certification level

100% of IFS PACsecure version 2 requirements

  • Product safety and quality management system

    • Customer focus, human resources, product development/modification of product and processes, validation and control of the process/ working environment, quantity control, further requirements related to the topics reviewed in Intermediate Level.

  • Good manufacturing practices (GMPs)

    • Further requirements related to the topics reviewed in Intermediate Level.

  • Control of product hazards and risks

    • Further requirements related to product fraud and product defence.

Intermediate Level

75% of IFS PACsecure version 2 requirements

  • Product safety and quality management system
    • Policy, procedures, and internal audits. Further requirements related to the topics reviewed in Basic Level.
  • Good manufacturing practices (GMPs)
    • Further requirements related to the topics reviewed in Basic Level.
  • Control of product hazards and risks
    • Hazard analysis and risk assessment system, product fraud, product defence. Further requirements related to allergen risk mitigation.
Basic Level

40% of IFS PACsecure version 2 requirements

  • Product safety and quality management system
    • Corporate structure, records, contract agreement, specifications, formula/configuration, purchasing, product wrapping, traceability, site inspections, monitoring devices, product and process analyses, product release, complaints, product recall/withdrawal, non-conformities and non-conforming products, corrective actions.
  • Good manufacturing practices (GMPs)
    • Personal hygiene, training, staff facilities, factory location/exterior, plant layout and process flows, production and storage premises, cleaning and disinfection, waste, foreign material risk mitigation, pest monitoring and control, receipt and storage of goods, transport, maintenance and repair, equipment.
  • Control of product hazards and risks
    • Basis of the hazard analysis and risk assessment system, hazard analysis and risk assessment team, hazard analysis and risk assessment (preliminary steps), allergen risk mitigation.


Benefits of IFS Global Markets PACsecure at a glance

Increase sales and trust in your company

  • Demonstrate your ability to produce safe products with the IFS Letter of Confirmation
  • Improve your reputation as a trusted business partner
  • Increase sales with new clients for your products
  • Provide authorities with documents during their inspections

Increase efficiency and reduce costs

  • Improve traceability systems to enable faster response to incidents and complaints
  • Improve production efficiency and product quality
  • Reduce costs related to recalls, complaints, and waste
  • Build your related human and financial resources gradually and affordably

Drive continuous improvement

  • Benefit from a differentiated overview of your performance
  • Determine the priority for improvements via the assessment results
  • Secure investment with the support of the assessment report
  • Tap into the expertise of the IFS Assessor for solution options


IFS Support and Tools

  • The effectiveness of your program is accomplished by conducting internal audits. To help you perform the important task of verifying your progress, IFS offers an internal audit checklist. This tool enables you to easily document and track your performance.

  • Human resources are a precious commodity, especially in smaller companies. To minimise time and travel costs for quality managers, IFS offers webinars and e-learning through the IFS Academy. Also, IFS Training Centres provide IFS related courses (both remote and in-person) in the respective language of the country in which they are located. You can find more information here: https://www.ifs-certification.com/index.php/en/partners/training-center.

  • The IFS Database offers several useful features. As an IFS Global Markets PACsecure assessed company, you are visible to all business partners. Potential customers and suppliers can easily find your company. Trade partners can monitor your progress by requesting your assessment report and corrective action plan.




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