To create transparency for both suppliers and retailers in regards to expiring certificates due to Coronavirus, IFS has programmed an extension of the IFS Database: as from today, certification bodies can make a note for every certified facility where the regular IFS audit cannot take place due to the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19). If required, a comment can also be submitted and in addition, expired IFS certificates will remain visible over the next 12 months. This feature will also be available for the IFS Global Markets programs. Currently, we are also developing a notification so that every user of the folder “my audit” will automatically get an e-mail when a certification body has uploaded such a note or comment to the IFS Database about one of their favourites. The notification service will be available by the end of March 2020. These new features in our database will support the communication between IFS certified company and their customers.