After you could already take a first look at the new version of the IFS HPC Standard at the DQS Customer Forum for the Cosmetics and Consumer Goods Industry, the revision is now officially completed: Version 2 of the IFS HPC Standard was published on April 13, 2016.

The new version of the IFS Standard goes into effect on October 1, 2016. From October 2016 until January 1, 2017, certified sites still have the choice of using version 1 or version 2 as the basis for certification. As of January 1, 2017, only Version 2 audits will then be possible.

Significant changes

Version 2 of the IFS HPC standard brings some significant changes for certified sites. These include the adapted scoring system and the reformulation and restructuring of certain requirements. Overall, the number of requirements has increased by 15 (237 total).

One of the most important changes is the introduction of a new chapter on product defense. Product defense refers to protective measures to prevent deliberate contamination or adulteration by biological, chemical, physical or radioactive substances. However, this chapter only becomes part of the audit if

  • The certified site manufactures its products in a country where Product Defense is regulated by law or exports to such a country, or
  • Certain customer requirements relating to product defense are met

Also new are five requirements relating to outsourcing (where relevant) and the need for monitoring for all critical control points, which will be a knock-out criterion in the future.

Dr. Thijs Willaert

Dr. Thijs Willaert is Head of Marketing & Communications for the Sustainability and Food Safety segments. He is also an auditor for the external audit of sustainability reports. His areas of interest include sustainability management, sustainable procurement, and the digitalization of the audit landscape.