|05.06.2018 : IFS
The IFS (International Featured Standard) was created in 2003 by the German Trade Association HDE and its French counterparts FCD; later Italian Trade Associations joined. Today IFS is acting worldwide.The basic idea of IFS is the fact that on the one hand side the European Law and National Laws require from food companies or food outlets to implement all relevant actions to secure food safety and on the other hand also individual suppliers/retailers develop marketing profiles with add-ons to the legal requirements to gain higher margins. Those companies then need a control/audit for their claims. IFSs ambition is to harmonize those individual demands to one level of control to get more efficiency via an unified standard.
The IFS-standard is benchmarking the individual steps and partners of the Total Supply Chain by an evaluation system which has four main categories :
- A: full compliance with the requirements (20 points)
- B: almost full compliance but small deviations (15 points)
- C: only a small part of the requirements are implemented (5 points)
- D: the requirements are not implemented
All scorings are reported and explained in an IFS Audit Report. Based on the first evaluation all enterprises have the chance to secure and improve their market position by an action plan of continuous optimization of their products and services.