Information on IFS Logistics certification
Increased security and transparency in the supply chain
More trust among customers and suppliers
Higher levels of product safety and quality
Greater reliability vis-à-vis authorities
IFS Logistics Certificate
IFS Logistics is a globally recognized standard that is also recognized by the Global Safety Initiative (GFSI). It was created to ensure food safety in the supply chain. In the food sector in particular, the transport, storage, or handling of goods as well as raw materials harbor numerous risks in terms of hygiene and safety. The IFS Logistics standard was introduced to maintain a high level of confidence in the products, their quality and safety. This gives everyone involved in the supply chain, from the food manufacturer to the retailer, the assurance that comparable guidelines are being followed.
The IFS certificate can be applied to any type of food transport and storage. In addition to food, non-food products can also be included in the audit. The same applies to packaged as well as unpackaged products, unless they have been processed.
The important objectives of IFS Logistics certification include:
- Establishing transparency and comparability in the supply chain.
- Common standard with uniform evaluation criteria
- Increased efficiency (time and cost) for retailers as well as for suppliers
For which companies is IFS Logistics certification suitable?
In addition, retailers with their own logistics department may safeguard themselves with an IFS Broker certification. Food manufacturers who handle the logistics for their products themselves must still meet the requirements of IFS Food for an audit according to the IFS Broker Standard.
The six central areas of the IFS Logistics standard
- Corporate Responsibility
- Management systems with a focus on quality and safety
- Product Defense and HACCP
- Quality, resource, and food safety management
- Product analysis, measurement, and improvement
- Resource management
Which products does the IFS Logistics Standard apply to?
The standard is also applicable to products that must be stored and transported under controlled temperature conditions. These include dairy products or meat products, for example.
In the first step, you discuss your company, your management system and the goals of certification with us. On this basis, you will promptly receive a detailed and transparent offer, tailored to your individual needs.
Especially for larger certification projects, a planning meeting is a valuable opportunity to get to know your auditor as well as to develop an individual audit program for all involved areas and sites.
A pre-audit also offers the opportunity to identify potential for improvement as well as strengths of your management system in advance. Both services are optional.
As soon as your company is ready, an audit date is set together with you, and approved auditors with the required competence and experience in your industry are selected. During the certification audit, our auditors will assess, among other things, whether your management system meets the requirements of the IFS Logistics standard and identify potential for improvement. In a final discussion, you will receive a detailed presentation of the results from your DQS auditor, including a description of the potential for improvement for your company. If necessary, action plans will be agreed upon.
The audit and its results are evaluated by the independent certification board of DQS, which decides on the issuance of the IFS Logistics certificate. You will receive an audit report documenting the audit results. If there are any nonconformities, you will have the opportunity to correct them and take appropriate action at this time. If all applicable requirements are met, you will receive the certificate with a validity period of one year.
After one year, your certificate will expire. To ensure that your certificate is valid without any gaps, we will plan your next audit well in advance.