What is the
IFS Food Standard?

More and more compa­nies are following inter­na­tion­ally recog­nized stan­dards, such as the IFS Food Stan­dard, which is recog­nized by the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initia­tive). The focus here is primarily on food safety and the quality of produc­tion and end products.

The IFS Food Stan­dard applies wher­ever there is a risk of food cont­a­m­i­na­tion within the manu­fac­turing or pack­aging process (initial packaging).

From 01 July 2021, the new version 7 of IFS Food will apply, which includes more trans­parency about the require­ments for audi­tors, as well as stricter rules on food safety.
The consulting compa­nies of the Tentamus Group support you on your way to the intro­duc­tion and imple­men­ta­tion of the certi­fi­ca­tion standards!

Which companies
need IFS Food certification?

The IFS Food Stan­dard is espe­cially inter­esting and useful for compa­nies that want or need to prove that the manu­fac­turing processes of their food and prod­ucts comply with the inter­na­tional stan­dard and are safe and legally compliant.

Advan­tages of IFS Food certi­fi­ca­tion for companies

  • Compet­i­tive advan­tages in marketing and production
  • Inde­pen­dent third-party audits
  • Contin­uous confor­mity with legal requirements
  • Avoid­ance of produc­tion waste, rework and costly recalls
  • Effi­cient use of resources
  • Estab­lish­ment / further devel­op­ment of your quality manage­ment system
  • Ensuring the good repu­ta­tion of the company (high quality and safe products)

How does Tentamus support you in the implementation of the IFS Food Standard?

  • Internal audits / supplier audits / food safety checks / hygiene inspec­tions: Through internal audits, we provide you with expert, objec­tive and task-oriented support. The focus of the auditing process is on personnel and produc­tion hygiene, as well as the entire envi­ron­ment and existing equip­ment, and compli­ance with offi­cial regu­la­tions. Dialogue and consul­ta­tion with the employees of the audited company has top priority
  • Process consulting: We carry out compre­hen­sive process consulting in food compa­nies. This includes the recording, analysis and redesign of processes with regard to safety, effi­ciency and feasi­bility of the processes, taking into account your oper­a­tional situ­a­tion and the certi­fi­ca­tion requirements
  • Support in the indi­vidual project phases: Concep­tion, consulting, training for employees, imple­men­ta­tion, control, certi­fi­ca­tion, audit, commu­ni­ca­tion with author­i­ties and docu­ment management
  • Creation of self-control systems: Tentamus supports you in the devel­op­ment of indi­vid­u­ally tailored measures for self-moni­toring according to HACCP principles

With the Tentamus service you get:

  • A global partner with local service
  • Expe­ri­enced auditors
  • An IFS assess­ment provider
  • Mean­ingful audit reports with prac­tical recom­men­da­tions for action

Require­ments for IFS Food certification

For a successful IFS Food certi­fi­ca­tion, compa­nies must meet clearly defined require­ments in terms of hygiene, quality, Good Manu­fac­turing Prac­tice and pest control. These are defined by the Inter­na­tional Featured Stan­dards, in this case the IFS Food Stan­dard (IFS GmbH) and are checked by certi­fi­ca­tion bodies.

After an initial review (in prepa­ra­tion for certi­fi­ca­tion), it is possible to filter out or decide which measures still need to be imple­mented to meet all require­ments for certification.

The require­ments placed on compa­nies include the following:

  • Main­tained company policy (incl. food safety & product quality, customer orien­ta­tion, food safety culture)
  • Imple­men­ta­tion of food safety and quality objectives
  • Regular review of the achieve­ment of objectives
  • HACCP analysis
  • Resource manage­ment and docu­mented training programs for employees
  • Docu­mented guide­lines for personnel hygiene

How can I prepare my busi­ness for IFS Food certification?

Preparing for IFS Food Stan­dard certi­fi­ca­tion requires clear plan­ning and strategy.

The following steps are part of a successful plan­ning for an IFS Food certification:

  1. Intro­duc­tion of a quality manage­ment and self-moni­toring system (HACCP)
  2. Perfor­mance of internal audits by third parties to improve the self-moni­toring system
  3. Training & educa­tion of the employees to imple­ment the measures
  4. Imple­men­ta­tion of all neces­sary improvements

The consulting compa­nies of the Tentamus Group support you on the way to the intro­duc­tion and imple­men­ta­tion of the certi­fi­ca­tion stan­dards, so there will be nothing holding you back from a successful certi­fi­ca­tion. As an accred­ited IFS Academy and audi­tors, our experts with many years of expe­ri­ence can provide you and your company with valu­able tips and guid­ance on how to best prepare for certification.

Compa­nies that work with our consulting teams, audi­tors and trainers not only have a proven track record of improving food safety, but can also make internal company processes more effi­cient, resulting in signif­i­cant cost savings.

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IFS Global Markets Food Programm

Would you like to prepare your company for the future, place it on the market and supply retailers even in times of crisis? Then we can only recom­mend the following infor­ma­tion to you:

The multi-stage IFS Global Markets Food Program was devel­oped for small, medium-sized compa­nies or start-ups.

The goal is to build a system­atic food safety program that meets the general and specific require­ments of all customers.

The road to the market

Would you like to supply regional markets? Then you’ll need a certifi­cate. You can achieve this already in the first step – the basic level (option­ally with HACCP) – of the IFS Global Markets Food. In addi­tion, the stan­dard may also reduce the number of supplier audits in your company.

A second level, the inter­me­diate level, can be pursued on an indi­vidual schedule. Once the IFS Global Markets Food program has been imple­mented in your company and is lived”, certi­fi­ca­tion according to the Inter­na­tional Featured Stan­dard Food can even take place as the next level via an inde­pen­dently approved certi­fi­ca­tion body. This will give you full recog­ni­tion as a supplier to the retail sector.

Process of the IFS Global Markets Food program

The basic level includes require­ments for:

  • Personal hygiene
  • Cleaning and disinfection
  • Pest control
  • Trace­ability
  • Dealing with defec­tive products
  • Correc­tive actions
  • Spec­i­fi­ca­tions
  • Product release
  • Aller­gens

For the inter­me­diate level, the require­ments of the basic level, as well as addi­tional require­ments are required. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Corpo­rate responsibility
  • Complaints
  • Purchasing
  • Analyses
  • Train­ings
  • Social rooms
  • Equip­ment maintenance
  • Storage and transport
Do you need help imple­menting the IFS Global Markets Food program?

+49 89 413 253 55 800

IFS Food Certification

The IFS Global Markets Food helps you to build up the prereq­ui­site for a func­tioning quality manage­ment. With the system­atic intro­duc­tion to the topic of quality manage­ment, you not only secure your company with regard to the require­ments of the legis­lator – to bring safe food to the market – but also and espe­cially the future of your company.

The require­ments of the legis­lator as well as the (trade) customers are constantly growing. Grow with these require­ments in terms of food safety, product safety and food quality.

The IFS Food experts of the Tentamus Group can help you in your future-oriented devel­op­ment of your company. Expe­ri­enced audi­tors = asses­sors” are addi­tion­ally at your side until you achieve your IFS Food certificate.
The consulting compa­nies of the Tentamus Group support you on your way to the intro­duc­tion and imple­men­ta­tion of the certi­fi­ca­tion standards!

Other certifications and standards

Different require­ments call for different certi­fi­ca­tions. In the jungle of legal regu­la­tions and stan­dards, it is some­times not easy for compa­nies to filter out the right solu­tion for their business.

The experts at Tentamus Group can help you select the right stan­dard for your company and prepare you accord­ingly. This includes audits, the creation of HACCP concepts and quality manage­ment systems, as well as training and educa­tion of employees.

We can advise and assist you with the following certifications:

  • Inter­na­tional Featured Stan­dards (IFS) such as IFS Food, Broker, Logis­tics, Cash & Carry, Whole­sale, Global Markets Food
  • BRC Food
  • ISO 9001/ISO 22000
  • FSSC 22000
  • QS
  • VLOG

Our partners
for the preparation for IFS Food certification

The following part­ners of the Tentamus Group offer the prepa­ra­tion for IFS Food certification:

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