International Featured Standards (IFS) Scheme

International Featured Standards (IFS) Scheme

The IFS is an association of retailers and industrial companies with a common aim. They inspect their producers, logistics companies, brokers and agents according to a set of harmonized standards to establish whether they are able to manufacture and handle safe products in accordance with customer specifications.

The scheme is based on the following standards:

  • IFS Food for the auditing of food product manufacturers; and
  • IFS Logistics for the auditing of companies and service providers which handle food and/or non-food products in terms of logistics.

Applicant CABs will need to contract with IFS and comply with requirements for CABs in Part 3 of the IFS standards.

As this is a product scheme (and as IFS requires such compliance), applicants also need to comply with ISO/IEC 17065:2012 – Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services.


  • Gives every food manufacturer the flexibility to adapt the processes for the implementation of the IFS requirements to suit their company and production.
  • Achieves the comparability and transparency of all audits within the entire supply chain.

Scheme owner

IFS Management GmbH.

More information

An application pack, application form and other relevant material is not available on this site. These documents are available through our SharePoint portal. If you are a body that we currently accredit, you can access this information through the Shared CAB Portal. If you are a new applicant, please complete an application enquiry form. Once this form is submitted, the Secretariat will contact you to advise the next steps.  For other stakeholders, please submit your inquiry through the online feedback form.

More information on IFS is available at