IFS

IFS STANDARD
FOR FOOD

IFS Food: International Feature Standard for all food manufacturers

WHAT IS IFS STANDARD?

Global Safety and Quality Standards

IFS was founded in 2003 under the name International Food Standard. Since then the company, which records an annual growth of 10,9 percent, has expanded its range by six further standards and operates globally.

The IFS Standards currently comprise eight standards, which have been developed for and by the stakeholders involved in all parts of the supply chain. All standards are process standards, which help users when implementing legal provisions regarding food and/or product safety, and provide uniform guidelines on food, -- product safety and quality issues. An IFS certification shows that the certified company has established processes which are suitable for ensuring food and/or product safety, and that it has considered and implemented customer specifications. Certification is open to food manufacturers, brokers, logistics providers, manufacturers of household and hygiene products as well as wholesalers and retailers.

All IFS-related information is published in five primary languages: German, English, Spanish, French and Italian. IFS aims to ensure comparability and transparency for the consumer throughout the entire supply chain, and to reduce costs for suppliers and retailers. These goals are implemented not only by the IFS team, but also by the IFS board and the ITC (IFS Technical Committee).

More information about IFS: 

8 standards
16,800 certificates per year
110 certification bodies
1,150 auditors
90 countries on 4 continents

IFS BENEFITS

  • Recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)

  • Risk-based, non-prescriptive standards

  • Action plans to improve performance

  • A uniform system of quality assurance

  • Fewer recalls

  • Optimised processes

  • Greater competitiveness

  • Improved relations with customers and authorities, improved business opportunities

  • International recognition

  • Global network (data for own supplier and retailer search)

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