IFS Broker has updated its certification scheme to version 3.1. In addition, its doctrine has been aligned with the IFS Food v.7 standard and with the GFSI 2020.1 reference requirement. This certification aims to guarantee and provide a regulatory framework for the services of commercial agencies, importers and brokers in relation to the quality and safety of products.
As of 1st October 2021, this new version is mandatory for all audits carried out under the IFS Broker scheme.
The main change is the new scoring system, already applied in IFS Food v.7, introducing the "B" assessment as a focus point. Other changes are mainly focused on revising the requirements for brokers and their obligations, packaging, complaint handling, and the fight against food fraud. On top of this, new definitions and additional requirements are added to the previous version.
Furthermore, the report, the certificate and some of the accreditation requirements have been modified, also in alignment with IFS Food version 7. The complete list of changes (added or modified) according to IFS is as follows:
1. Clarifications regarding:
2. New content related to the Doctrine:
The benefits of having an IFS certification include more efficient management of resources and, in general, compliance with stricter regulations that demonstrate a commitment to excellence.