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Short description* The IFS Food Standard is one of the Standards belonging to the umbrella brand IFS (International Featured Standards). It is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognised standard for auditing food safety and quality of processes and products of food manufacturers. It concerns food processing companies or companies that pack loose food products. * IFS Food applies when products are “processed” or when there is a hazard for product contamination during primary packing. The standard contains many requirements related to specifications’ compliance and it supports production and marketing efforts for brand safety and quality. * The IFS Food standard version 6 has been developed with full and active involvement of certification bodies, retailers, industry and food service companies from all over the world.
Facts and Figures* 11,000 manufacturers use IFS Food * 350 retailers and wholesalers support IFS * In 90 countries IFS audits are conducted * In 16 languages the IFS Food is available
Key features* IFS Food is a Standard for auditing food product suppliers/manufacturers and only concerns food processing companies or companies that pack loose food products. IFS Food shall be used when a product is ‘processed’ or when there is a hazard for product contamination during the primary packing. * IFS Food includes requirements about the following six topics: Senior management responsibility, Quality and food safety management systems, Resource management, Production process, Measurements, analysis, improvements and Food defence. * IFS approach is risk-based. The requirements give every company the chance to develop their own solution which fits the processes and needs of the company. During the audit the IFS auditors check if the developed solution works in practice with the main goal to guarantee that food safety will be reached. * IFS Food Standard Version 6 has been re-benchmarked by GFSI and has achieved recognition against the GFSI Guidance Document Sixth Edition. * IFS Food version 6 gives more weight to quality criteria in addition to food safety criteria. It also covers the ‘packaging’ issue and the risk of contamination of food by packaging.
Product specific / Process specific / Service Specific / GenericProduct specific
Last up-date in Standards MapSept. 2017
AddressAm Weidendamm 1A 10117 Berlin
Telephone+49 (0)30 72 62 50 74
Description of geographic scope90 countries on 4 continents
Source of information
Region - AfricaBurkina Faso,Egypt,Madagascar,Morocco,South Africa,Tunisia
Region - AsiaChina,Hong Kong China,India,Israel,Japan,Malaysia,Pakistan,Thailand,Turkey,Viet Nam
Region - EuropeAustria,Belgium,Bulgaria,Croatia,Czech Republic,Denmark,Estonia,Finland,France,Germany,Greece,Hungary,Italy,Latvia,Lithuania,Malta,Netherlands,Norway,Poland,Portugal,Romania,Russian Federation,Serbia and Montenegro,Slovakia,Spain,Sweden,Switzerland,Ukraine,United Kingdom
Region - Central America
Region - North AmericaCanada,Mexico,United States of America
Region - South AmericaArgentina,Brazil,Chile,Colombia,Ecuador,Paraguay,Suriname
Region - Australasia
DescriptionIFS Food is a standard for auditing food safety and quality of processes and products of manufacturers. It concerns food processing companies or companies that pack loose food products.
Step 1Preparation of an audit. Before being audited, the company shall review all requirements of the IFS Food Standard in detail. The company is responsible for acquiring the current version of the Standard. In order to prepare for an initial audit, a company may carry out a pre-audit, which is only intended to be used in-house.
Étape 2Certification body selection – contractual arrangements. The company shall appoint an IFS accredited certification body and enters into a contract detailing the scope of the audit, the duration and reporting requirements.
Step 3Drawing up an audit time schedule. The certification body shall provide the audit time schedule. The audit time schedule includes appropriate details concerning the scope covered and the complexity of the audit.
Step 4Audit and Evaluation. During the initial audit the entire company is audited, both in relation to its documentation and the processes themselves. All criteria of the IFS requirements shall be assessed by the auditor. The company will assist and co-operate with the auditor during the audit.
Step 5Audit report. After the audit, auditor shall draw up a pre-report of the audit and the outline of the action plan. The company shall enter proposed corrective actions for all deviations (B, C, D) and KO requirements scored with a B and non-conformities listed by the auditor. The auditor will then validate the relevance of the corrective actions and prepare the final audit report.
Step 6Awarding the certificate. The certification body is responsible for making the certification decision. The issue of the certificate is dependent on the audit results and on agreement on an appropriate action plan.
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LOCAL OFFICE 1IFS Office Paris France FCD 12, rue Euler F-75008 Paris
Telephone+33-(0)-1-44 43 99 16
Fax+33-(0)-1-47 20 53 53
LOCAL OFFICE 2IFS Office St. Louis USA 1610 Des Peres Road , Suite 150 St. Louis, MO 63131
Telephone+1 (314) 686 46 10
Fax+1 (314) 686 46 02
LOCAL OFFICE 3IFS Office Milan Italy Federdistribuzione Via Albricci 8 I-20122 Milano
Telephone+39 (02) 89 07 51 50
Fax+39 (02) 6 55 11 69
LOCAL OFFICE 4IFS Office Hefei China Star Farm Consulting Co., ltd. Room 2301, C building, Fortune Plaza No. 278 Suixi Road, 230041, Hefei, Anhui, China
Telephone+86 (0) 551 566 6069
Fax+86 (0) 551 5681 376
LOCAL OFFICE 5IFS Office Central & Eastern Europe ul. Serwituty 25 02-233 Warsaw Poland
Telephone+48 601 957 701
LOCAL OFFICE 6Repesentante IFS Brasil Caroline Nowak 79824 Dourados, MS / Brasil
Telephone+55(67) 81 51 45 60
LOCAL OFFICE 7IFS Office Santiago Avenida Santa Maria 02143 Providencia - Santiago de Chile Chile Phone: +56 2 7776153 or mobile:+569 5679 9807 Contact person(s): Angelica Jara Orellana: Mardiah Polanco:
Telephone+56 2 7776153
LOCAL OFFICE 8IFS Office Bogota Calle 124 No. 7 – 35 Ofc 701, Edificio 124 Points Bogota Colombia Phone: +571 7053568 or mobile: + 57 313 8691234 Contact person(s): Jenny Aldana Herrera: Rodrigo Quintero:
Telephone+571 7053568
LOCAL OFFICE 9ARGENTINA BUENOS AIRES IFS Office Argentina Phone: +54 11 68 41 91 54 Contact person(s): Carolina Calderon::
Telephone+54 11 68 41 91 54
Requirement - Immediate actionThe Standard Map presents the IFS Food requirements that relate to food-safety or legal requirements as ‘Critical Requirements’ based on the following policy applied: ‘Only non-conformities - “Knock Out” (KO) and “Major” - which are related to food-safety or legal requirements have to be solved immediately.’
Requirement - Witin 1 yearThe Standard Map presents the IFS Food requirements (excluding those related to food-safety or legal requirements) as ‘Short-term’ based on the following policy applied:‘ IFS gives you 12-months’ time to improve all deviations that are determined in the IFS audit. This gives your company the time to develop a tailor-made solution which fits your process.’
Requirement - Witin 3 yearsNot applicable.
Requirement - Witin 5 yearsNot applicable.
RecomendationsNot applicable.
Pass or failThere are two kinds of non-conformities which are 'Major' and 'KO (Knock out)'. If the company gets a 'KO' or more than one 'Major', the certificate cannot be awarded.
ScoringAn auditor can score a requirement as a deviation. There are 4 scoring possibilities and points are awarded for each requirement. A: Full compliance (20 points). B (deviation): Almost full compliance (15 points). KO requirement scored with a B: Almost full compliance (15 points) C (deviation): Only a small part of the requirement has been implemented (5 points). D (deviation): The requirement has not been implemented (-20 points). Scorings with B, C or D are marked as deviation and should be explained in the audit report. A 'KO' or a 'Major' non-conformity will subtract points from the total amount. A company needs to achieve a total score of 75% to be certified at IFS Food foundation level and 95% with higher level (only if no 'Major' has been identified).
Risk-basedNo information available.
Traffic LightNot applicable
Corrective ActionsIf a major non-conformity is identified during the initial audit, the certificate will not be approved unless the corrective action is taken and validated by a follow-up audit within six months. In case of deviations, when the auditor scores a requirement with C or D, corrective actions shall be implemented before the renewal audit. The company shall always submit a written corrective action plan before receiving the final report and the certificate.
Major non-complianceone year
Minor non-complianceone year
Verification/certification costs - estimate(The costs for the audit have to be negotiated with the certification body of the participant's choice.)
Main factors of costNumber of workers,Number of production units,Volumes of production,Other
Responsible entity for certification cost
External audits costs
External audits corrective actions
Implementation costs - estimates39.00 euros (approx $55.00 US) for the hardcopy of the standard and 200.00 euros (approx $210.00 US) for the database.
Responsible entity for implementaiton cost
Membership fee - estimateN/A
Is the standard system accessible to any interested producer/supplier?
In terms of membership?No membership is required
Which party initiates the process of certification/verification?The producer supplier decides to join the standard system and initiates the process
Who can join the initiative and use the standard / code?Food processing companies or companies that pack loose food products can apply for IFS Food certification.
Who is initiating the process of applying the standard?Primary producer,Suppliers and intermediaries,Traders,Buyers and Retailers,Other
Are there specific requirements / restrictions on who can apply for certification?
Standard documents
URL(s) where documents can be downloaded
ListIFS Food Version 6 Edition 2014
Interpretation guidelines
URL(s) where documents can be downloaded
ListGuideline for auditors Version 1, January 2012

Information last updated in the Standards Map database:

  • IFS Food - Sept. 2017