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IFS Food

International Featured Standard (IFS) Food is a GFSI recognised standard for certifying the safety and quality of food products and production processes.

The International Featured Standard (IFS) Food is a globally recognised certification which will enhance your brand image, build consumer confidence and open the way to new market opportunities. The standardised evaluation system helps to reduce the need for repeat audits, which saves you time and money. The programme also helps to improve the understanding of quality and safety processes across your organisation and throughout your entire supply chain, providing standards that deliver uniformity and transparency.

The objectives of the International Food Standard are:
⦁ To establish a common standard with uniform evaluation systems
⦁ To work with accredited Certification Bodies
⦁ To ensure comparability and transparency throughout the entire supply chain
⦁ To reduce costs and time for both suppliers and retailers

The IFS is divided into four main parts:

  • Part 1: audit protocol (scoring of the audit, audit duration, different steps from the audit until the issue of the certificate, etc.)
  • Part 2: technical requirements. The check-list contains 250 requirements, which deal with five main subjects:
    ⦁ Senior management responsibility
    ⦁ Quality management system
    ⦁ Resource management
    ⦁ Production process
    ⦁ Measurements, analyses, improvements
  • Part 3: requirements for accreditation bodies, certification bodies and auditors
  • Part 4: reporting (layout of audit report, certificate, etc.)