WHAT IS THAT
The IFS Broker Standard was created with the aim of providing a homogeneous system for evaluating the activities of brokers, importers and commercial agencies in the supply of products intended for large-scale distribution.In times of globalization, procurement activities are carried out on a worldwide scale; brokers and importers are therefore becoming an important meeting tool between producers and retailers. These activities are not covered by existing food quality and safety standards, such as IFS Food , IFS Logistic and others.
The publication of the IFS Broker standard, therefore, fills an important gap in the controls of this delicate phase of the agri-food chain.
The first version of the IFS Broker Standard was published in December 2009, the result of the cooperation of:
- HDE and FCD , respectively representatives of German and French retailers,
- Federdistribuzione , the body that organizes and represents the Italian large-scale retail trade,
- ANCC (National Association of Consumer Cooperatives)
- ANCD (National Association of Cooperatives among Retailers).
The primary objective of the IFS Broker standard is to verify how brokers select their suppliers , which quality requirements have been implemented and finally to verify whether they are able to comply with the applicable legislative requirements .
The primary objective of the IFS Broker standard is to verify:
- how brokers select their suppliers ,
- which quality requirements have been implemented
- whether they are able to comply with the applicable legislative requirements .
- Obtaining the certification allows companies considerable international visibility , thanks to the controlled publication of their audit report on the IFS portal : an IT platform that facilitates the exchange of information between suppliers and retailers and promotes commercial contacts.
- The possible synergies between the various schemes allow for a reduction in the time and costs required for the various inspections. In fact, having a single point of contact for all company certifications allows the optimization of possible synergies between this and other international standards; therefore the intervention of the certification body can be concentrated in a single check, avoiding having to check several times the aspects common to the various schemes, with evident savings in time, energy and costs.
- The international recognition of the Standard which allows us to respond to requests from customers from all over Europe .
- The reduction of second party inspections , i.e. those carried out on behalf of customers on the supplier company, with a reduction in costs to be incurred, both direct (expenses relating to inspections) and indirect (inevitable slowdowns in production activity coinciding with the numerous second party inspections).
- Choosing CSQA also means making use of a body with vast experience in supply chain certifications, and with numerous BRC and IFS Food certifications issued , thus summarizing the experiences and management skills of the GDO schemes.