IFS Food; international featured standards; Issue 7, October 2020

Standard for assessing the product- and process conformity with regard to food safety and -quality
(The Issue 7, October 2020 looses its validity per December 31st, 2024 and will be replaced by the Issue, 8 April 2023.)


In order to meet international specifications for food retailers, the IFS (GFSI recognised process) is suitable for the implementation of and compliance with food safety.


IFS Food Standard certification is world wide accepted by retailers and brand owners. The companies address the product- and process-specific hazards and risks in a well-founded manner, thereby increasing product safety. Companies are required by the standard to live and promote a food safety culture. The audits are carried out by qualified auditors approved by the IFS. Through the audits, some of which are unannounced, the certified company is obliged to maintain the level at a constantly high level and to fulfil the requirements at all times.

Target groups

Food- and food ingredient manufacturers who require a worldwide- and GFSI-recognised certificate.


1 year


The IFS Food SQS Certificate is valid internationally and is recognised as the GFSI standard by wholesalers worldwide.


IFS Food can be combined with all norms and standards.

Lead Auditor
Denise Kistler
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