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IFS Protocol
IFS Protocol

IFS Protocol

IFS Protocol

To ensure the legality, safety and quality of manufactured products

IFS – International Featured Standard

This is a private technical protocol developed by German, French and Italian distributors intended to help suppliers provide safe products in accordance with the specifications and the current legislation.

This protocol requires the prior implementation of a quality management system, a HACCP system based on the Codex Alimentarius, as well as the introduction and management of Prerequisites and Installations. It includes all the requirements governing suppliers and conforms to international GFSI requirements, giving a clear vision of concepts of food safety and quality control via assessments of suppliers, in which a complete view of their activity is provided.

Objectives:

  • To ensure the legality, safety and quality of manufactured products.
  • To establish a common standard with a common system of evaluation.
  • To ensure the supply of safe products, meeting their specifications and complying with legislation, leading to a reduction in costs and making the whole supply chain transparent.
  • To save costs and time for manufacturers and distributors.
  • To ensure transparency and rigour in certification systems.

Benefits:

  • It facilitates compliance with current legislation.
  • It reduces the costs of possible errors in any production line.
  • It provides organised communication with all interested parties.
  • It inspires confidence in consumers.
  • It improves documentation.
  • More efficient and dynamic monitoring of food safety hazards.
  • It adds Programmes of Prerequisites to the organisation's management system.
  • Time and cost saving, when audits are carried out jointly with other food safety schemes (BRC, GlobalGAP).
  • To reconcile food safety and quality control.

IFS Logistic

The IFS Logistics Standard is applicable to both foodstuffs and non-food, such as: transportation, storage, distribution, loading and unloading wharves, etc. It can be applied to all types of logistics: freight sent by road, rail or sea, frozen or non-frozen products.

IFS Broker

The IFS Broker Standard is applicable to food brokers and/or importers. This scheme verifies that these operators have introduced appropriate measures in their processes to inform their suppliers of safety and quality requirements for foodstuffs and have supervised compliance with these requirements, so that the products supplied fulfill both legal requirements and the specifications contracted.

IFS PACsecure

The IFS PACsecure Standard is applicable to all type of establishments in which materials for food containers are manufactured and supplied (e.g. for example, plastic film for vegetables, drink cans, wrapping paper for flour, etc. and non-food (e.g. materials for containers that come into contact with the skin, such as cosmetics or other materials for products in the home, consumer goods, hardware, etc.)

IFS HPC​

The IFS HPC Standard is applicable to products for domestic use and personal care that are designed to enter into contact with the body; directly and/or indirectly (ex. cosmetic products, household cleaning products, products that come into contact with food and personal hygiene products). This includes all products for consumers and professional users.

This certification is perfectly integrable with other certification schemes and is possible to obtain immediately together with IFS Food or IFS PAC Secure certifications, the certificates of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and/or GMP based on the Codex Alimentarius. If the certificate is from IFS Logistics, you have the opportunity of receiving the HACCP certification directly. Find out about how to obtain the certificates.

It is addressed to companies supplying foodstuffs, under their own brand, in stages subsequent to primary production.

Due to the structure of the framework and the significant correlation of food safety requirements, it is easily integrated with the IFS (International Featured Standard) Protocol certification and the standard UNE IN-ISO 22000 (Food safety management systems). This allows for the possibility of integrating the systems and optimising the processes with the resulting reduction in audit duration and costs.

It can also be carried out together with the GLOBALGAP (Good Agricultural Practices) and of UNE IN-ISO 9001 (Quality management systems).​

AENOR now offers you the opportunity to obtain automatically with the IFS Food or IFS PAC Secure, the certificates of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) and/or GMP based on the Codex Alimentarius. If the certificate is from IFS Logistics, you have the opportunity of receiving the HACCP certification directly. Find out about how to obtain the certificates.


When the audit has been satisfactorily completed, if the system being used conforms to the requirements of the protocol, the organisation obtains:

  • The AENOR IFS - International Featured Standard certification (or IFS-Logistic and IFS-broker, where applicable) on a Basic or Advanced level according to obtained scores.
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AENOR is recognized by distribution chains, having issued hundreds of IFS certificates.
AENOR holds the ISO/IEC accreditation 17065:2012 from ENAC for all IFS Protocols, except IFS PACsecure and IFS HPC.

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