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IFS FEATURED STANDARD: IFS Logistics Certification Mark

No TÜV SÜD Certification Mark

Certification:

Product certification in the meaning of the accreditation including management-system components / Voluntary assessment

Basis for Certification (certification standard):

IFS LOGISTICS Standard in the currently valid version(http://www.ifs-certification.com)

Standard owner:

IFS Management GmbH


No TÜV SÜD certification mark is issued. Certified organisations are authorised to use the IFS logo according to the rules defined by the standard owner.

 

What does the standard IFS LOGISTICS cover?

The IFS LOGISTICS standard defines the requirements for an organisation's food safety processes. These requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Implementation of a quality and food safety management system
    Planning, implementation, assessment, corrective actions
    Hazard assessments plus control elements
  • Resource management skills
    Human resources, facilities and equipment, training
  • Intensive planning and safe logistics processes (e.g. storage, transport, commission, freezing and defrosting services), operational, personal and process hygiene, storage and distribution conditions (e.g. suitability of vehicles and facilities)
    Systems for the evaluation of suppliers and service providers.
  • Measurements, analyses, improvements
    On-site visits, inspections, emergency responses and control
  • Product safety
    Security at the premises, product protection
  • What does “certification” according to IFS LOGISTICS by TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH mean?
    • The customer has submitted to voluntary assessment (audit) according to defined criteria (certification standard).
    • A certificate and/or the authorisation to use a certification mark is only issued if the assessment (audit) does not reveal any major nonconformities with the requirements of the certification standard.
    • The certificates and/or certification marks are valid for a restricted period of time. Interested parties can check the validity of individual certificates in the certificate database of TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH.
    • To maintain certificate validity, the certificate holder must annually complete an announced audit with a positive result.
    • Unannounced audits are possible in specific cases.
    • According to the standard owner’s requirements, communication of certification to IFS LOGISTICS is restricted to B2B communication. Communication to consumers is not permitted.
  • How do we audit?

    Independent and qualified experts (auditors) apply the following auditing techniques:

    • Document review:
      Review of documentation such as documented procedures, work instructions
      Inspection of specific provisions (e.g. temperature)
      Specific traceability tests

    • On-site-audit:
      On-site inspection of all areas of the organisation
      Assessment along an audit path, from incoming goods inspection to outgoing goods and along critical control points
      Checking the routes of employees and goods
      Interviews with the employees of the organization
      Comparison of documentation with the actual processes
  • What is beyond the scope of certification according to IFS LOGISTICS?

    Audits are always based on sampling. Given this, it is impossible to inspect every single product or every single production process. TÜV SÜD certification thus cannot give a 100% guarantee that all food products of a certified company are free from nonconformities or that the organisation meets the criteria of the standard at all times, even though this is one of the key objectives of the IFS LOGISTICS standard.

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