The new version is state of the art in terms of food safety
In this new version, you will find an optimized protocol, a new definition of the B-scoring, and the introduction of star status to highlight unannounced audits. These updates facilitate efficient working with the standard for all parties involved.
“The IFS Food Standard is designed to promote continuous improvement of the companies certified to it. Accordingly, we at IFS have the ambition to continually adapt and enhance it further. This way, our certified companies and other stakeholders can rely on us to be in tune with the latest developments”, adds Chryssa Dimitriadis, Director of Standard Management at IFS.
21 years of providing high-quality, widely accepted, and trusted standards
We launched the first IFS Food Standard 21 years ago. Having over 20,000 IFS Food Certificates today, IFS has become a leading standard worldwide and the market leader in Europe. As a joint venture of two leading retail associations, major retail and wholesale companies trust our standards fit their specific needs. Also, key food services companies are convincing of the quality of our standards and work with us. They all know that we set the highest standards in auditor qualification and have a strong and consistent integrity program. It contributes to the high quality and reliability of our certification. Also, it ensures that consumers find safe and good quality private-label products in their stores.
IFS-certified companies benefit from a unique support package
IFS offers guidance, like guidelines and various tools, to support suppliers in reaching IFS Food Certification and further enhancing their food safety and quality management. Approved IFS Training Providers offer training based on IFS Materials, and recognized IFS Consultants can support you with implementing the requirements and training your staff.
IFS Food version 8 accreditation process is in progress with the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) in order to be recognized under the sub-scopes of product certification of the IAF Multilateral Recognition Arrangement (MLA). IAF MLA signatories mutually recognize accredited certification. It helps to reduce barriers to trade and promote food safety, as accredited certificates are recognizing in many markets based on a single accreditation.
IFS also has started the application procedure with GFSI and hopes to achieve recognition to the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements for IFS Food version 8 soon.