A fundamental requirement for the application of the IFS Food standard is that the product to be certified is manufactured or packaged on the site where the inspection is to take place.
An IFS Food audit is conducted to verify each of the following aspects:
Senior management responsibility;
Quality and food safety management system;
Planning and production process;
Measurements, analysis, improvements;
Food defence and external inspections.
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Achieving certification against the IFS Food standard is essential for all companies wishing to expand their market and sell retailer-branded products to high-volume retailers.The IFS Food standard is internationally recognized as a GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) scheme.
The Certification Process
The main stages of the certification process are:
- An optional preliminary audit to assess the company’s situation with respect to the requirements of the IFS standard in order to identify, through a gap analysis, strengths and potential areas for improvement;
- A certification audit;
- Issuance of the certificate and delivery of the audit report;
- Annual surveillance audits;
- Potential unannounced audits and inspections, undertaken directly by IFS inspectors.
Certiquality can perform integrated audits combining the IFS Food standard with the main food safety standards and regulations (ISO 9001, BRC, UNI 10854, ISO 22000, FSSC 22000, Global.G.A.P., product certification, ISO 22005).
Notification of incident
If an incident occurs that compromises the food safety of a product, including recall/withdrawal or non-compliance with a current food safety regulation, the organization must inform Certiquality within 3 working days, by sending the form "Notification of incident" at firstname.lastname@example.org