IFS standards starting point is the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). It emerged in 2000 as a result of improving food safety by the Chamber of Commerce CIES – The Global Food Business Forum. It was initially formed with the participation of 40 commercial enterprises in Europe, North America and Australia. The aim of GFSI is to prepare a global food safety standard and enable businesses to sell safer food products in their own markets. Based on this, GFSI has made the food safety standard measurable by revealing key criteria.

The main purposes of the IFS Standard are;

  • Creating an inclusive framework of internationally accepted food safety standards
  • Helping improve food security
  • Ensuring the standardization of food safety criteria and follow-up procedures
  • Compliance with supplier demands,
  • Acceptance of Food Safety by suppliers,
  • Reduction in the number of supplier audits,
  • Improvement in product safety and quality,
  • It provides development and competitive market structuring in efficient working.

IFS Food

IFS Food Version 7 Has Now Been Published!

With the new version of the standard, facilities requesting certification have been given more clarity about what IFS expects. The requirements specified in the standard have now become more rule-based, thus new structure has made it easier to work with the new version. The new version has drawn more attention to on-site evaluations; and gave less importance to documentation. The audit checklist is aligned with the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements version 2020.1, FSMA, and EU regulations.

IFS Food Version 7 audits will begin to implement on March 1, 2021. The practice will become mandatory for all certified organizations from 1 July 2021. For more information and to download the new version of the standard, click here.

IFS Food Version 7 at First Sight:

  • The new version is more focused on on-site audits than documentation.
  • A new definition has been added to the standard: Audits will put greater emphasis on evaluating IFS product and process approach in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065.
  • Requirements have been reduced by 15%.
  • The certification protocol has been improved according to the needs of IFS stakeholders.
  • The audit report was restructured by standardizing it according to the areas.
  • The scoring system is defined more clearly. Points that will need improvement have been made available in the audit report.
  • After the audit, correction and corrective action will be requested from the organizations.
  • One out of every three audit will be performed unannounced.
  •  “Food Safety Culture” clause has been added to the requirements.
  • With the addition of new definitions regarding outsourcing, different management models have been clarified.
  • More tools (e.g., e-learning courses, IFS auditXpressX software updates, and the IFS Audit Manager app) have been added to assist quality managers during the internal audits.

What is Included?

IFS Food Version 7 covers six primary areas in businesses and these areas are considered the key to establishing processes that ensure the safety and quality of products.

  • Governance and Commitment: Review of the commitment of senior management to support the sustainability of the food safety culture and quality assurance policy.
  • Food Safety and Quality Management System: Required to meet food safety and legal requirements as well as customer specifications.
  • Resource Management: Management of human resources, working conditions, hygiene, and sanitation to ensure product safety.
  • Operational Processes: Production of safe, quality products according to customer specifications.
  • Measurements, Analysis, and Improvements: Inspections, process validation, and management of complaints and corrective actions.
  • Food Defense Plan: Protection of the integrity of the company and products that are produced.

Certification Process

  • The duration of the audit varies depending on the size of the firm, the number of employees and the process.
  • Detailed English report is forwarded to IFS.
  • The inspection frequency is 12 months, depending on the inspection result.

IFS Cash & Carry / Wholesale

It covers the entire chain of food safety, from receiving goods to storage, from production processes to the way the products are placed on the aisle and to the delivery to the customer.

With this certification, the conditions under which the supplier’s products are produced and stored, and even which products are transported to the customers’ kitchens by which vehicles and at what temperature during the shipment phase are monitored.

IFS HPC Household and Personal Care Standard

Legal obligations regarding private label products include activities that include the approval of suppliers’ technical competencies. This standard provides a general basis for certification of companies supplying consumer products to various countries, helping retailers meet their legal obligations and protect consumers.

Although there is a variety of product lines, the standard regarding the determination of basic requirements and the creation of specific product guides will benefit both retailers and suppliers.

IFS Brokers

Broker and importer suppliers must implement food safety and quality requirements and meet legal and contractual requirements. In order to meet all these conditions, brokers and importers should take some applicable measures towards their suppliers. IFS Brokers is a standard created to check whether these applicable measures have been taken.

IFS Logistics

The standard was developed to assist retailers and other users in meeting legal obligations and protecting the consumer by providing a common ground for the evaluation of companies that store food products. It is the standard that describes the requirements that organizations that store products must comply with.

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