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.
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.