Worldwide standard for safety and quality of household and care products.

With an IFS HPC certification, companies from the entire supply chain in the "Household and Personal Care" segment can use audits to demonstrate their safety and quality of production. This is how suppliers and manufacturers reduce potential risks for customers and end consumers.

Increased confidence among trading partners

Guaranteed high level of product safety

Optimized processes and cost savings

Compliance with EU regulations

IFS HPC Standard - certified safety and quality of household and personal care products

The IFS HPC Standard (Household & Personal Care) has been reducing risks in the production, processing and packaging of household and personal care products since 2009. The goal of the standard is to achieve more and more reliable product safety and quality for end consumers. In 2016, the second version of the standard was published.

With IFS HPC certification, companies benefit from consistent compliance with applicable health regulations as well as product safety specifications. At the same time, the implementation of the standard enables a lower consumption of resources.
The standard is recognized worldwide.

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For which companies is IFS HPC certification important?

The most important target group of the IFS HPC standard are suppliers and manufacturers of household and personal care products that are active on the international markets.

Specifically, IFS HPC certification mainly refers to the following groups of companies:

  • Manufacturers and suppliers of cosmetic and personal care products with skin contact, i.e. creams, shampoo, makeup, etc.
  • Manufacturers of household chemical products, i.e. detergents, air fresheners, disinfectants, etc.
  • Manufacturers of disposable tableware or household items that come into contact with food.
  • Manufacturers of hygiene products that come into contact with skin, i.e. toothbrushes, razors, make-up removal wipes, etc.
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Structure and content of a certification according to IFS HPC

IFS HPC certification is based on five core areas, which, in addition to product protection, also take quality management into account.

  1. Quality and risk management system of a company
  2. Product protection and safety for end consumers
  3. Requirements of ISO 22716 (GHP for cosmetics)
  4. Assessment of household and hygiene products
  5. Processes related to quality assurance and assessment
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What is the IFS HPC certification process?

First, we exchange information about your company, your management system and field of activity in a personal meeting or by e-mail. Since the duration of the audit depends on the size and complexity of your company, we need some information from you, such as the number of employees. On this basis, you will promptly receive a detailed and transparent offer, tailored to your individual needs.

A pre-audit offers the opportunity to check compliance with the standard requirements in advance, and to identify potential for improvement as well as strengths. Especially in the case of an initial certification, it may be useful to obtain the evaluation of a qualified DQS auditor during or after the implementation of the standard requirements.

As soon as your company is ready, an audit date will be set together with you, and approved auditors with the required competence and experience in your industry will be selected. During the certification audit, our auditors will assess, among other things, whether your management system meets the requirements of the IFS HPC 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 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 that time. If all applicable requirements are met, you will receive the certificate with a validity period of one year. Your certificate will be published in the IFS database.

After one year, your certificate expires. To ensure complete validity of your certificate, we will schedule your next audit early.


How much does IFS HPC certification cost?

The cost of IFS HPC certification depends, among other things, on the size of your company and the complexity of your processes. We will be happy to make you an individual offer for your company without obligation.


Why should companies get certified to IFS HPC with DQS?

  • All important audits for certified product safety and quality from one source
  • Personal contacts available worldwide
  • In-depth knowledge of the industry and many years of experience as a certification body
  • High level of customer orientation, even beyond the audit

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