Cerificates - IFS Food

International Featured Standards -IFS

The IFS Standards currently comprise eight standards, which have been developed for and by the stakeholders involved in all parts of the supply chain. All standards are process standards which help users when implementing legal provisions regarding food and/or product safety, and provide uniform guidelines on food, product safety and quality issues.

An IFS certification shows that the certified company has established processes which are suitable for ensuring food and/or product safety, and that it has considered and implemented customer specifications.

Certification is open to food manufacturers, brokers, logistics providers, manufacturers of household and hygiene products as well as wholesalers and retailers. The following pages contain a detailed description of all our standards, with supplementary documents available for download.

IFS Food is a standard for the auditing of companies that process food or companies that pack loose food products. IFS Food is only applied where the product is "processed or handled", or if there is a danger of product contamination during the primary packaging.

IFS Food is applied to:

  • processing and working and/or
  • handling of loose products and/or
  • activities undertaken during the primary packaging.
ifs globalmarkets.png The IFS Global Markets – Food is a standardized food safety assessment program for retailers as well as industry branded food products. The program is meant to support “small and/or less developed businesses” in the development of their food safety management systems and making the first step towards the implementation of the IFS Food Standard.
IFS Broker 2 must be applied to all companies primarily involved in "trading activities“ and who themselves choose their suppliers, purchase or trade in the goods from them themselves and then have deliveries made directly to their own customers, charging these customer for such goods directly, without themselves ever having come into contract with the product.
IFS Logistics is applicable to both food and non-food products and covers all logistics activities, such as loading, unloading and transportation. The standard can be applied to all sorts of transportation; heavy goods vehicles, trains, ships, aeroplanes and every other type of transport (temperature controlled or at room temperature).
IFS Cash & Carry/Wholesale is the standard which covers all handling activities of loose naked products in Cash & Carry-markets or wholesale companies.

It includes also a production process in a small amount of products like minzed meat. The requirements of this standard are the same like IFS Food but in addition a guideline has been developed which describes how to handle specific requirements in Cash & Carry-markets or wholesale companies. Also, multi-site-certification is possible.


IFS HPC is the standard to ensure product safety, to reduce costs and to ensure transparency concerning the entire production chain of household and personal care products. 

The IFS HPC version 2 will come into force in October 2016. There will be a transition period from October 2016 until 1st of January 2017, in which companies could choose between IFS HPC version 1 and IFS HPC version 2. From 1st of January 2017 only IFS HPC audits based on version 2 will be accepted.

IFS PACsecure IFS PACsecure is a Standard for auditing primary and secondary packaging material manufacturers and converters.
IFS Food Store is an evolution of the RAS Standard, wich emerges from the desire of leading retailers in the French food industry, who are members of the FCD (Fédération des entreprises du Commerce et de la Distribution - French Federation of Trade and Retail), to obtain a factual measurement of how well their stores control the food safety of the food products sold.
ACERTA is approved by IFS to certify the following standards: IFS Food / Food Defence, IFS Cash and Carry / Wholesale e IFS Logistic 2.1


Certification Request

IFS Certification request form
SGC IFS Certification Agreement