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IFS Logistics – A standard for a vital link in the supply chain

IFS Logistics certification for the food industry supports companies in establishing trust, transparency, and responsibility| TÜV Rheinland

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IFS Logistics is a standard recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) for auditing logistics providers in the food sector.

Manufacturers, brokers, retailers and consumers are united by a desire for transparency along the entire food supply chain. Food safety is rightly given very high priority in industry and society. However, there are also risks associated with transporting, handling, and storing of food products, whether as final products ready for consumption, ingredients or raw materials. For example, contamination can affect quality and safety of food products and disruptions in cold chains can create serious risks.

Manufacturers, brokers, wholesalers and retailers therefore increasingly only trust logistics service providers who can demonstrate that they have done everything possible to comply with food safety and quality requirements. (“Due diligence” concept)

This can be demonstrated using IFS Logistics, an established standard and joint objective by retail and industry to create transparency and trust across the entire supply chain.

IFS Logistics certification – A way to establish trust in your activities

The IFS Logistics standard was developed by German, French and Italian retailers aiming to close the gap between production and retailing and to make the whole supply chain transparent and comparable. Certification to the IFS Logistics standard demonstrates your company’s capability to manage food safety related risks. It will help your organization to fulfill its legal obligations and to protect the consumer. Combined with the IFS Broker standard, it also covers retail and wholesale activities. We are your competent partner in obtaining certification according to IFS Logistics. As an accredited and approved certification body, we guide you through the certification process for your processes and systems.

IFS Logistics – An internationally reputable and valid standard

International Featured Standards (IFS) is a set of food, product, and service standards designed to ensure that products and services meet specifications agreed with customers. In addition to IFS Logistics, these include the standards IFS Food and IFS Broker.

The IFS Logistics standard includes all logistical activities such as loading, transportation, off-loading, storage, handling, and onward distribution. It is applicable to all types of transport: truck, train, ship, plane or any other transportation type, temperature controlled or ambient stable. It is applicable to food as well as to non-food products.

IFS Logistics is also applicable to packed and specific loose food products when no processing or primary packaging activity is involved.

IFS meets the stringent requirements of, and is recognized by, the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). GFSI does not define its own standards, but does recognize specific international standards on food safety and associated processes and management systems. In addition to the IFS, FSSC 22000 and BRCGS Global Standards are also GFSI-recognised. Manufacturers, Retailers, brokers and other actors in the food sector around the world trust the benchmark requirements of GFSI. Consequently, IFS Logistics certification is a global ticket to trade in every sector of the world's food market.

Create transparency, safety, and trust in an end-to-end, globalized food supply chain. We support you by auditing and certifying your processes and management systems.

Globally positioned, internationally experienced, and with extensive industry knowledge

We are a partner who knows every relevant food safety standard worldwide and can professionally and efficiently certify your business. Your customer relations will then be secure for the long term. Benefit from our more than two decades of experience in the food sector and from top experts who know your industry. To enable you to fully focus on your core business, we continuously monitor the development of new standards for the global food sector.

We support you as a competent and reliable partner, starting with the question which standard is best suited to your company and your business model, through to preparation for the audit required for certification.

An additional benefit for you is entry in our Certipedia database that documents your transparency and high standards of safety and quality. This represents one further building block for gaining the trust of customers and business partners.

One partner for all certifications essential for success

As a globally active and experienced testing and certification organization, we are familiar with many other standards beyond food safety that play a role in the food industry. This gives you important added value. These standards include common audits according to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, ISO 45001, ISO 50001 as well as information security (ISO 27001, ISO 22301, ISO 20000), supply chain and CSR audits such as SMETA and SA 8000 and the palm oil certification RSPO. We are your partner for efficient certification also in areas such as environmental protection, occupational health and safety, energy management, and more.

In other words, we are a real one-stop shop for you to meet competent experts who possess profound knowledge of the industry and who speak your language.


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