IFS Certification

  • Overview
  • Benefits of Certification
  • Why Work With NSF?
  • IFS Logistics
  • Certification Process

NSF is accredited to certify to the International Featured Standard (IFS), a GFSI benchmarked standard for auditing food safety and quality of processes and products of food manufacturers. It is most relevant for companies that manufacture, process or handle food or food ingredients. We can also certify to IFS Logistics for the storage and distribution industry.

IFS includes requirements for senior management responsibility, quality and food safety management systems, resource management, production process, measurements, analysis, improvements and food defense.

Call us at +1 877.893.1325 or email foodsafetysolutions@nsf.org to learn more.

Benefits of Certification

Certification to GFSI benchmarked standards such as IFS increases brand protection and minimizes risk. Achieving NSF certification to the IFS Food standard provides independent certification that a product or process complies with specific international standards. It enables a food supplier to give assurances that food has been produced, prepared and handled according to the most recognized standards.

It also demonstrates a commitment to quality processes and continual improvement, and enables access to top retailers.

We certify to the IFS Food standard and the IFS Logistics standard for the storage and distribution sector.

Why Work With NSF?

NSF International is the leading global certifier to GFSI benchmarked standards, with exceptional technical expertise, consistently calibrated auditors and capacity for a timely path to certification. Backed by nearly 70 years of food safety expertise and a current average of 35,000 GFSI certification audits performed annually, we enable companies around the globe to demonstrate compliance with the most recognized food safety standards in the world.

NSF is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) and ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), and has a worldwide network of highly skilled and experienced auditors to help organizations of all sizes implement complex food safety solutions.

IFS Logistics

IFS Logistics is a standard for auditing all logistics activities for food and nonfood products, such as transport, storage, distribution, loading and unloading. It applies to all types of transportation methods (including road, rail and ship) and food products (including packed, loose, frozen, refrigerated and nonperishable).

This standard covers logistics activities of companies that have physical contact with pre-packaged products that handle transportation, packaging, storage and/or distribution.

Certification Process

Certification to IFS Food generally takes an average of six to nine months, depending on a facility’s level of readiness. The process follows eight basic steps:

  1. You apply to NSF for certification.
  2. We identify your training needs/you receive training.
  3. You perform a self-assessment of compliance with the standard.
  4. We perform an optional pre-assessment (gap analysis).
  5. We perform an onsite certification audit and identify corrective actions.
  6. Your facility addresses the corrective actions.
  7. We verify/approve corrective actions.
  8. We issue the certificate.

To maintain IFS certification, companies must re-certify every year.

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  • NSF has been an invaluable partner in planning the transition of Yum! suppliers to global food safety certification. They are true industry experts with unmatched knowledge of best practices and global supply chain solutions.Mary Townsend-Smith
    Yum! Restaurants International

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