In October 2020, IFS published a new version of the Food Standard – Version 7. In this article we’ll look at an overview of what’s changed.
There have been many, many changes to the Standard, which has meant that nearly every clause has been impacted.
Many of the clauses have been combined, which means that although the requirements are still the same, the number of them have reduced. Because of this, it now means that failure to meet one of the requirements, will result in a greater reduction in percentage score.
The majority of the changes are only small amends to wording. But there seems to also have been a general increase in the level of detail in the clauses, to add more clarity to what is required.
IFS have provided a checklist which shows the changes from Version 6 to Version 7, and we have converted this document to excel so it is editable and we’ll use this document in the coming weeks to highlight the major changes in requirements to you. In the meantime, please feel free to download our work in progress copy.
When do the changes take effect?
Audits can be carried out on the new version of the Standard from 1st March 2021 and all audits will be audited to the new Standard from 1st July 2021.
GFSI 1 in 3 unannounced audits
To comply with the GFSI Benchmarking Requirements for 2020, at least one of the IFS audits must be unannounced during a 3-year period. IFS have taken the approach to set the requirements for an unannounced audit, so that they follow the audits in unannounced assessment option. This is outlined in the Standard under section 2.4.2 on page 24.
Changes to the scoring system
There is now a new level of scoring, previously there was just 3 levels of score, plus a major and knock out (KO).
Now there are 4 levels of scoring, which makes a lot of sense.
|A||Full compliance||20 points|
|B||Point of attention as it may lead to a future deviation||15 points|
|C||Part of the requirement is not implemented||5 points|
|D||The requirement is not implemented||-20 points|
|Major||A Major non-conformity can be given to any regular requirement (which is not defined as a KO requirement).
Reasons for Major rating are:
|Major non-conformity will subtract 15 % of the possible total amount; the certificate cannot be issued.|
|KO (scored with a D)||The requirement is not implemented||KO non-conformity will subtract 50% of the possible total amount; the certificate cannot be issued.|
Previously there was no 15 point score, which means you were either fully compliant or part of the requirement wasn’t implemented. There was no room for where a requirement had been implemented, but it wasn’t working quite right.
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We have been also asked to write a 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.
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