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International Featured Standards (IFS)

IFS standards are uniform global safety and quality standards that provide transparency and comparability along the food supply chain. Protect your reputation by ensuring the safety and quality of your products.

Demonstrate established processes to ensure food and product safety, that meet customer specifications.

Key Benefits

Global Safety and Legality Standards

IFS comprise different food and non-food standards, covering processes along the supply chain. The standards are used by manufacturers and retailers worldwide to meet new requirements for quality, transparency and efficiency.


IFS has obtained GFSI recognition for IFS Food and IFS PACsecure.

IFS Certification

The IFS Standards have been developed by stakeholders involved in all parts of the supply chain. IFS Certification is open to food manufacturers, brokers, logistics providers, manufacturers of household and hygiene products as well as wholesalers and retailers.

What’s in the Standards?

The IFS comprises different food and food supply chain standards.

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. Key features in IFS standards are senior management responsibility, management systems control, HACCP, personnel hygiene, specifications and recipe/formula compliance, foreign material management, traceability system, internal audits, recalls and withdrawals management and corrective actions.
The Standards

IFS Standards are risk-based and process-oriented. Certification to an IFS Standard is intended to help establish a uniform quality assurance system, optimising processes and developing action plans to improve performance. Certification to these internationally recognised standards will improve relations with customers and authorities and create new business opportunities.

Next Steps
  • Read and learn the applicable IFS audit criteria
  • Attend an IFS training session
  • Develop and implement the required food safety and quality programs, policies and procedures
  • Gather at least two months of records to demonstrate compliance with audit criteria
  • Contact SAI Global Assurance

Supply Chain Risk Management

Product safety has always been a critical challenge for food growers, producers and distributors. But now it has been joined by imperatives, from customers and regulators alike, to assure food products’ authenticity and integrity.