We are delighted to inform you that we have finalized the Draft for the IFS Food version 7. Thanks to the great support from the IFS International Technical Committee, the IFS National Working Groups and the Extended Core Group and your amazing feedback in the survey, we have developed the IFS Food version 7.
IFS Food version 7 - Public Consultation
But first: What is the IFS Food Standard?
The IFS Food Standard is recognized internationally by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). It is built upon the general aspects of a Food Safety and Management System. However, the main emphasis is to instill confidence in the products and processes, meaning that safety, quality and compliance with specific customer requirements are ensured via an on-site evaluation, as outlined in the ISO/IEC 17065.
The IFS Food Standard is applicable to auditing food product manufacturers and can only be used for food processing companies and/or companies that pack loose food products.
IFS Food version 7 is a new version of the standard which has involved the following international working groups: Extended Core Group, National Working Groups, International Technical Committee, IFS Technical Team Working Group. Retailers, Industry representatives, Food services and Certification Bodies were part of these outstanding working groups that combined collected input from Europe, North and South America and Asia.
How was the reviewing process?
After almost 2 years of implementation of version 6.1, experiences have been made and recommendations for the review have been made from the market. With the help of inputs received by all stakeholders, the following objectives have been defined and considered in the revision of the current IFS Food Standard:
Give emphasis to the certification process based on the ISO/IEC 17065 accreditation,
Restructure the audit protocol in order to follow the audit path and make it more user friendly for the industry,
Review the checklist in order to have less requirements related to documentation check and more time spend on the onsite evaluation,
Bring clarifications regarding ABs, CBs and auditors requirements and align with GFSI benchmark requirements
Restructure the audit report according to retailer survey feedbacks with standardized tables that are easier for the auditors to fulfil
The next step in the review process is the public consultation.
The draft for IFS Food version 7 can be downloaded here.
Why a public consultation?
IFS is always interested in gaining different points of view along the whole supply chain and to consider any possible feedback for the IFS Standards. A public consultation is an important step in the development process, to ensure the most possible transparency and objectivity. With your feedback and your objectively view we will be able to offer the best version of our IFS Food Standard.
If you are interested in taking part in the consultation period please find the feedback form here: https://www.surveymonkey.de/r/Q638CM2
Please consider that the final date to give feedback is on November 11th midnight CEST.
We appreciate your comments!
Thank you very much,
Your IFS Team