IFS Food Version 8 is coming!

The draft was published on 27th April 2022 and you can submit your feedback unti 24th May 2022.

We’ll be reviewing the changes and adding them to this page, so come back soon to find out more.

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8 thoughts on “IFS Food Version 8

  1. There have always been 4 levels of scoring, it was for the KO requirements where there are only 3, the C does not exist, as indicated in the IFS Food 6.1 version of November 2017
    best regards

    Part 1 Scoring a requirement as a deviation
    In IFS Food, there are 4 scoring possibilities:
    Scoring with:
    A: Full compliance with the requirement specified in the Standard
    B: Almost full compliance with the requirement specified in the Standard,
    but a small deviation was found
    C: Only a small part of the requirement has been implemented
    D: The requirement in the Standard has not been implemented

    KO requirements shall be evaluated according to the following scoring
    Chart N° 3: Scoring for KO requirement
    Result Explanation Awarded scores
    A Full compliance 20 points
    B (deviation) Almost full compliance 15 points
    C (deviation) Small part of the requirement
    is implemented
    No “C” scoring is possible
    KO (= D) The requirement is not
    50 % of the possible total amount
    of points is subtracted => No
    certificate awarding is possible

  2. thank you very much for the overview! i would like to ask if you are planning to have any online trainings on the new IFS standard? we have very good experience with last BRGS training with version 8 , materials very clear and specific, so i wonder if such possibility will be available with IFS v 7. Thank you in advance!

  3. Hi have you conducted the summary for the below as of yet

    summary of the steps to be taken to move from BRCGS to IFS, so we’ll be looking at that, as soon as we can for you.

    we are considering GFSI accreditation and thinking of IFS rather than BRCGS

    1. Hi Natasha
      No – we didn’t, as other things took over unfortunately. And there didn’t seem to be much interest when BRCGS put their fees up again this year. But noted that you’re interested! We’re currently working our way through updating all of our documentation and then we’ll be circling back and starting with other standards – of which IFS and FSSC are favourites to do.
      Please bear with us.

  4. Hi, do you know why the prerequisite program isn’t included in chapter 2 of part 2? In fact, the prerequisite program isn’t mentioned in the IFS food standard at all. Isn’t that a bit weird?

    1. Hi Hanneke
      I think it’s due to terminology – IFS seem to define PRPs as GMPs. For example in the glossray they say “Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), including maintenance, hygiene,pest control and cleaning and disinfection activities,”. In section 2.1.1 they also refer to the QMS needing to be compliant for food safety, product quality, legality, authenticity etc so it’s implied, rather than specifically stated.

      1. Thank you Kassy! I thought that GMP’s are a specific subset of PRP. In my opinion not all PRP’s are GMP’s. I think it would help if all GFSI benchmarked standards would use the same terminology and the same steps to perform a risk analysis.

        1. Hanneke I agree – we are putting together our own glossary for this very reason, so we can ensure that we stick to one set of terms and then link them back to all the different terms used by the different standards. It’s all very confusing!

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