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

Similar to the British Retail Consortium (BRC) standard; the IFS Food standard helps ensure that all businesses in the supply chain can ensure the safety and quality of the food produced and helps them comply with all legal food and non-food safety and quality requirements.

The IFS standard is rapidly becoming a fundamental requirement of many leading European retailers particularly in Germany and France. It was originally developed by the German retailers (BDH) and amended with the assistance of the French Retail Group(FCD) and first introduced in 2003.  The standard is designed to assess the ability of food processors to comply with food safety requirements and demonstrate due diligence. Certification can be achieved at two levels, Foundation and Higher Level depending on the score achieved at the assessment.

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The main objectives of the IFS Food standard are to establish a common standard with a uniform evaluation system and to ensure comparability and transparency throughout the entire supply chain. Working with accredited certification bodies and qualified IFS approved auditors it is aimed to reduce costs and time for both manufacturers and retailers.

IFS Food is a standard for auditing quality and food safety of processes & products and includes criteria in the following topics:

  •          Senior management responsibility
  •          Quality and food safety management systems
  •          Resource management
  •          Production process
  •          Measurements, analysis, improvements
  •          Food defence.


How to find out more

To explore further about the detail of the IFS Food standard and how to go about  certification, the IFS Standards website has a wealth of information available on it. Please visit some of the links below which are aimed at getting businesses acquainted  with the details of the standard, how to interpret and prepare for certification; and how to find approved certification bodies who can carry out IFS Food Standard certification audits.

Contacts and further info:

IFS Website: click here

IFS Food Standard: click here

To Download the latest full copy of the IFS Food Standard version 6: click here

To identify an approved certification body: click here


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