IFS "International Featured Standards" are private protocols developed by German, French and Italian distributors and designed to provide solutions for the whole supply chain.

The IFS Broker protocol is a private standard created in Europe in 2010 with the aim of enabling the evaluation of the food quality and safety systems of marketing companies.

This is a certification of interest for any organisations which store, distribute and transport foods and wish to vouch for the food safety and legality of their products in a framework of continuous improvement. The IFS Broker standard is widely recognised by the major distribution chains all over Europe.

The certification process is started by compiling the data required to prepare an estimate in accordance with the characteristics of the applying organisation. After the estimate has been accepted, the on-site audit is planned. This will be performed by a highly qualified auditing team and in line with all the requisites of the IFS Broker standard. After the audit has been completed, the company will have a set time to remedy any possible non-conformities detected.

In accordance with the protocol’s requisites, Kiwa España may grant IFS Broker Certification on the Basic or Higher levels, depending on the number and type of non-conformities arising during the audit. The certificate granted will be effective for one year, and for this reason a renewal audit will be performed prior to its expiry, according to what is laid down in the IFS Logistics protocol.