IFS Logistics version 2.1 Standard

12 March 2014

IFS Logistics version 2.1 is now available.

The main reasons for the revision of the IFS Logistics standard were that the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) adopted a new scope of recognition in the Guidance Document for "Storage and Distribution" and that, for IFS fulfilling the GFSI benchmark process, IFS Logistics version 2 needed some reviews.

The new IFS Logistics version 2.1 was developed by a specific Logistics working group composed with experts from retail, logistics companies and certification bodies.

The version 2.1 of the IFS Logistics standard provides continuity with previous versions. IFS Logistics will also continue in the future not to make any specifications that have to be implemented word-by-word.

The risk-based approach is being systematically pursued. By supporting the qualitative approach, IFS stands for individual solutions that do justice to the processes implemented in the respective companies. Therefore the task of the IFS auditor remains to assess if the risked-based solution which was developed by the respective company works in daily practice.

The new IFS Logistics version 2.1 will apply from 1st September 2014. After this date, audits according to IFS Logistics version 2.0 will not be possible anymore.

The new IFS Logistics version 2.1 includes the following amendments among others:

  • Update of the standard in compliance with the new scope of recognition of the GFSI Guidance Document and the benchmark process for storage and distribution standards
  • Establishing the possibility of group certification
  • Addition of the standard, due to current market developments, so that the IFS Logistics is also applicable for transportation and storage service providers
  • Including freezing and thawing services
  • Establishing auditor qualification requirements for pure IFS Logistics auditors
IFS Logistics version 2.1 is applicable for food as well as non-food products. All logistical activities, such as loading and unloading, storage and transport, are covered.

The non-food categories of the new version 2.1 are newly defined and formulated in a clearer way. There is also a clearer definition of which non-food product groups are excluded from the IFS Logistics 2.1 scope (these are, for example, mineral resources - different conditions (solid, liquid and gaseous), explosive substances / munition, waste materials, etc.)

The standard is applicable for all types of transportation: trucks, vans, trains, ships, planes and all other means of transportation (under controlled conditions or at ambient stable temperature).

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