International Featured Standards are uniform food, product and service standards operated by the IFS, an association of retailers and industrial companies. The purpose of the harmonized IFS standards is to inspect producers, logistics companies, brokers and agents to ensure they are able to manufacture and handle safe products.
The IFS Standards are currently compromised of eight standards developed for stakeholders involved in all stages of the food supply chain. By achieving IFS certification, you demonstrate that your company has established processes suitable for ensuring food and product safety, and implemented relevant customer specifications.
Broadly, IFS certification is available for food manufacturers, brokers, logistics providers, manufacturers of household and hygiene products as well as wholesalers and retailers. QIMA/WQS currently offers certification under the following IFS standards:
For food processing and food packing companies (including private labels), covering all activities related to processing, handling and primary packing of loose food products.
The IFS Global Markets – HPC is a standardized non-food safety assessment program for retailers as well as manufacturers of branded HPC products. The program is meant to support “small and/or less developed businesses” in the development of their product safety management systems and making the first step towards the implementation of the IFS HPC Standard.
The program includes different levels of assessment and a protocol to drive gradually, the continuous improvement process and the implementation of a full product safety management system. The final objective may be to reach the IFS HPC certification in a defined period of time.
The Program consists out of two different level checklists, Basic and Intermediate, which requirements should be fulfilled within a timeframe.
o Product Quality and Safety Management Systems
o Good Manufacturing Practices
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