Abbreviation for the "International Featured Standards" set of rules with a range of food, product and service standards. It was developed in 2003 by representatives of the European food retail trade as "International Food Standard". and served the uniform review of food safety and the quality level of producers. After several updates and the development of other standards, the brand was renamed to its current name. After an extension of the topic the name was changed. The IFS standards are designed to ensure that certified companies produce and deliver a compliant product in accordance with the specifications agreed with customers and are constantly working to improve through a continuous process. The standards and their requirements (checklists) are aimed at various participants in the supply chain.
The IFS includes IFS Broker (trading activities), IFS Cash & Carry / Wholesale (handling activities of loose and packaged products), IFS Food (formerly International Food Standard), IFS Food Store, IFS HPC (household and personal care products), IFS Logistics (transport) and IFS PACsecure (packaging material). The certification is carried out by accredited certifiers, for example DQS (German Society for Quality eV), Bureau Veritas, ECOCERT. ICEA, TÜV or SGS, The IFS standards are based on the quality management standard ISO 9001, and additionally include the principles of GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) and of HACCP,
In addition to the requirements to be met, there are also ten kO criteria that preclude an IFS crosstalk if applicable. These include, for example, lack of hygiene of staff, lack of corrective action and lack of traceability. In version 4, in addition, the current EU legislation on dealing with allergens and genetically modified organisms. IFS is increasingly being used by larger manufacturing companies as well quality control in the process of winemaking used. Each individual wine is from the vine to the bottling accurately logged and thus guarantees 100 percent traceability.