For efficient and transparent quality assurance in food processing

With IFS Food certification, food processing and packaging companies ensure high quality and safety of their processes and products. The certificate is internationally recognized and strengthens the trust of stakeholders in food products.

Higher levels of food safety and quality

Continuous process optimization

Facilitates compliance with legal requirements

Transparency and evidence increase customer confidence

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Recognized worldwide: The IFS Food certification standard

The standard for IFS Food certification was developed by key players in the food trade, food industry, system catering and certification bodies. The goal of the standard is safe and high quality food. IFS Food is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative and is valid worldwide.

The focus of IFS Food certification is on quality assurance in the processing and packaging of food and the associated processes. Through certified safety and quality, companies strengthen their products as well as their brand.
The standard applies wherever the risk of food contamination can be prevented, for example due to a lack of hygiene or product quality. IFS Food thus primarily targets the initial packaging of food.
For marketing and production departments, the IFS Food standard is important because it demonstrates quality and brand safety.
Other benefits associated with the Food Safety and Quality Standard include:

  • Uniform evaluation system for safety and quality
  • Certification only by accredited certification bodies
  • Greater transparency throughout the supply and production chain
  • Savings in time and costs for suppliers and retailers through certified processes

For which companies is IFS Food certification suitable?

IFS Food certification is suitable for all companies that process food, package food or produce food. By auditing quality and product safety, especially manufacturers of private labels in the retail sector provide more confidence to stakeholders.

It is often discounters and supermarkets that require certification to the IFS Food Standard from their suppliers in order to reduce risks.
The certificate is also important for service providers who package food for manufacturers or retail chains. Certification can give them an important competitive advantage when awarding contracts.

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Central content of an IFS Food audit

IFS Food is based on six central requirements. These include manufacturing as well as the management of resources.

At a glance:

  • Acceptance of corporate responsibility
  • Use of systems for quality and food safety management
  • Resource management
  • Food defense to protect the food chain
  • Continuous analysis, optimization and measurement
  • Adequate manufacturing processes

Unannounced audits in the IFS Food Standard

Since 2021, every third audit must be unannounced. These audits demonstrate the high safety and quality of food products while helping to identify potential gaps in processes and systems.

Unannounced audits are conducted under IFS Food 16 weeks before and two weeks after a set deadline. The participating companies can specify time windows inn advance,  during which no audits may be carried out so as not to disrupt operational processes.



In the first step, you will 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 DQS 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  agreed upon together with you, and approved auditors with the required competence and experience in your industry are selected. During the certification audit, our auditors assess, among other things, whether your management system meets the requirements of the standard and identify potential for improvement. In a final discussion, you will receive a detailed presentation of the results from your 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 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 expires. To ensure complete validity of your IFS certificate, we will schedule your next audit early.


How much does IFS Food certification cost?

The cost of IFS Food 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 approach IFS Food certification with DQS?

  • Comprehensive expertise in the food industry
  • All important audits from one source
  • Personal contacts at over 80 locations worldwide
  • Experienced auditors for all product categories

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