IFS Food

New IFS Food versions

IFS V 7: entry into force

From when is it compulsory?


  • Announced audit: if the audit window straddles 01/07/21: the audit/evaluation will take place in the version applicable at that time, i.e. V 6.1 or V 7.
  • Non-announced audit: version 7 applies for any audit whose window starts after 01/05/21.
  • Cases of multi-site audits with audit windows straddling the implementation period of version 7: ideally, central functions should be assessed after 01/03/21 (V 7), all related sites will be assessed in V7. If this is not possible: IFS will deal with this on a case-by-case basis.

IFS V6.1 et nouveautés

What’s new with version 6.1 ?


This new version is consolidating the latest changes which already apply as well as some new ones.

Part 1:

  • update of the Integrity Program protocol
  • incorporation of the “unannounced audit” protocol
  • update with harmonisation of the document compared to the Doctrine (July 2017)

Part 2:

  • 20.3: reformulation of the requirement
  • 2.1 (new): requirements for the prevention of Food Fraud (evaluation of Food Fraud vulnerability, plan to reduce vulnerability, revision of the evaluation at least annually and evaluation and reduction plans in the event of an increase in risks)

Part 5:

  • incorporation of the unannounced audit protocol

What is the schedule?
The new version 6.1 will come into force on 1 July 2018.

IFS V6.1 and food fraud

Does IFS consider food fraud only in the context of food safety or goes it further?


Food fraud can have various consequences, of which the impact on food safety can be one possible impact.

IFS V6.1 and major nonconformities

What about the transition period regarding major nonconformities with regards to the new requirements of food fraud?


Until one year after the entry into force of the standard, it is not possible to award a major nonconformity in relation to the new requirements of food fraud, until 1 July 2019.

Food fraud and packaging

What about packaging material related to food fraud?


Packaging, which is raw material, is itself a product with components, and if some of them are more expensive than others, there is a risk of substitution to compensate for one component or the absence of another component that poses a risk to the consumer and to the final product.

How to carry out an assessment? Which method?

How can an assessment be carried out as easily as possible which covers IFS, but also BRC and FSSC 22000?


Today, there are only a very limited number of ready-to-use solutions for identifying, prioritizing and controlling the measures.

ProCert is working on a guide which, together with an Excel-based tool, will enable simple and goal-oriented processing.

The guide will cover BRC, IFS and FSSC. It will be available from June 2018.

There will also be seminars (in the form of webinars and face-to-face events).

If you are interested in this guide, you can register here.