IFS Group of standards
About the IFS Food standard
Association of Members of the German Retail Federation Handelsverband des Deutschland (HDE) and their French colleagues, the Federation of Commerce and Distribution (FCD) have developed a standard to ensure the safety and quality of food products sold by retailers under the brand names. The standard was named IFS Food; it enables assessment of the system ensuring the safety and quality of food products due to the use of one approach only. This standard applies to all stages of production and processing of food products. IFS Food Standard is approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).
The IFS standard is based on the principles of HACCP, GMP, ISO 9001, the European directives and regulations serve as its legal basis. This standard is approved by GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative).
IFS standard defines:
- Unified criteria for monitoring the capabilities of food companies to produce and sell completely safe foods that meet the legislative requirements and specifications;
- Compliance with integral requirements to the management of food production, production hygiene, compliance with the manufacturing procedure, staff qualifications etc .;
- Reduction of producer material expenditures for the procedure of confirmation of the certification of food products during the delivery including the export.
The IFS certification is a prestigious event for virtually every enterprise producing or processing food products. The requirements of this standard were recognized by the world's largest networks of retail and wholesale trade, the annual turnover of which is no less than sixty percent of the total world turnover. Certification for compliance with IFS standard requirements provides an excellent opportunity for the businesses to deliver their own food products to the European market. And for those suppliers who are members of the FCD or HDE, the IFS certification is necessary to sign a contract regardless of the supplier company country.
Thus, the certification for product compliance with the IFS standard offers the businesses several key benefits, which, in turn, provides them with an excellent opportunity to improve the quality of their products and contribute to obtaining competitive advantages in the market.