IFS FEATURED STANDARD: IFS Global Markets Food Certification Overview

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No TÜV SÜD Certification Mark


Voluntary assessment of management-system with written confirmation (no certification)

Basis for Certification (certification standard):

IFS GLOBAL MARKETS FOOD 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 GLOBAL MARKETS FOOD cover?

The IFS GLOBAL MARKETS FOOD 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 production processing
    Environmental, personal and process hygiene
    Suitability of packaging materials, machinery and vehicles
    Correct product labelling (allergens, correctness, scope)
    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 “written confirmation” according to IFS GLOBAL MARKETS FOOD by TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH mean?
    • The customer has submitted to voluntary assessment (audit) according to defined criteria (certification standard).
    • A written confirmation is only issued if the assessment (audit) does not reveal any major nonconformities with the requirements of the IFS GLOBAL MARKETS FOOD standard.
    • The written confirmation is valid for a restricted period of time.
    • To maintain validity of the written confirmation and to participate in the IFS GLOBAL MARKETS FOOD program, the audited company must annually complete an announced audit with a positive result.
    • IFS GLOBAL MARKETS FOOD is a program specifically for small businesses or businesses in an early development stage, which after a period of three years should fulfil the more advanced requirements of the standard IFS FOOD
    • According to the standard owner’s requirements, communication of the written confirmation for IFS GLOBAL MARKETS FOOD 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 recipes/formulations and specifications
      Evaluation of food labelling
      Specific traceability tests
      Evaluation of analysis results

    • 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 an assessment according to IFS GLOBAL MARKETS FOOD?

    Audits are always based on sampling. Given this, it is impossible to inspect every single product or every single production process. TÜV SÜD assessments thus cannot give a 100% guarantee that all food products of a audited 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 GLOBAL MARKETS FOOD standard.



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