Terms and Conditions for using the IFS Logo
Ownership and usage of the IFS Food Logo
The copyright of IFS Food and the registered trademark is fully owned by the IFS Management GmbH. The IFS Food Logo can be downloaded via the secured section of the IFS Database.
Furthermore, the below terms and conditions shall be checked by the auditor during the audit and results of this check shall be described in the company profile of the audit report as a mandatory field (see also Annex 2, Part 2, for mandatory fields).
These terms and conditions apply for both IFS Food and all IFS logos in general.
Form, Design and Colour of the IFS Logo
When used, the IFS Food logo must comply with the form and colour of the scale drawing. If it is used in documents, black and white print is also permitted. The IFS Food logo can be used in print, physical and electronic form, and in films, providing the forms and formats are respected. The same conditions apply to the use of the logo as a stamp.
Restriction of comment and interpretations
When an IFS Food certified company, an IFS Food supporting company or an IFS Food certification body publishes documents bearing the IFS logo, comment and interpretations referring to the IFS shall be clearly identifiable as such.
Use of the IFS Logo in promotion material
IFS certificated businesses may only use the relevant IFS Standard logo for business-to-business communication and marketing purposes. It is not allowed to use the IFS Logos for business-to-consumer marketing and communication. Please, refer to the corresponding chapter "IFS Logo" in Part 1 of the relevant IFS Standard for more details.
Further restriction on the use of the IFS Food logo
The IFS Food logo shall not be used in a way that could show intent that the IFS owner is responsible for the certification decision. Furthermore, the same applies for opinions and interpretations which could be deriven from it. In the event of suspension or withdrawal of the IFS Food certification, the certified company has to immediately stop the inclusion of the IFS logo on its documents or other associated material and cease all communications regarding IFS. The audited company must demonstrate that they have complied with these requirements.
Communication of the IFS Food certification
All the above mentioned rules apply to any communication regarding IFS Food.This also means that using the wordmarks “IFS”, “International Featured Standards”, or “IFS Food” or similar is not allowed when communicating on finished products, which are available to the end-consumer.
Berlin, Januar 2012,
IFS Management GmbH, Stephan Tromp,