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Ensuring global food safety and quality.

The International Featured Standard (IFS) Food V7 is a leading GFSI-recognised standard which certifies the safety and quality of processed food products and production processes.

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LRQA is a market-leading provider of IFS Food 6.1 assessment, auditing renowned global food manufacturers against the food safety standard. IFS assesses the ability of food manufacturers to comply with food safety requirements and demonstrate due diligence and uniformity, which in turn drives supply chain security and trust.

Developed together with suppliers and retailers, IFS Food 6.1 enables you to prove not only that your products are safe, but that you meet retailer specifications as well.

Benefits of IFS Food

Client confidence

Certification to the international standard reduces the frequency of retailer audits, improving your brand reputation and giving your clients confidence in their supply chain.

Product quality

The uniform food standard enables consistent food safety and quality assurance, meaning fewer product recalls and improved productivity.

Competitive edge

IFS Food 6.1 helps improve relations with customers and authorities, unlocking new business opportunities.

Need help with IFS Food?

LRQA has been working with food manufacturers of all sizes to deliver IFS Food audits, growing our team of technical experts in line with customer requirements.

Whether you are new to the standard and need training or gap-analysis of your sites before booking an audit; or are looking to transfer to LRQA from your current provider, our teams will work with you to tailor a service to suit your needs. 

What’s new in IFS version 7?

Increased focus on food safety culture
Employees who work to drive food safety behaviours are more likely to produce safe, quality products which help to prevent and detect nonconformities in any process impacting the safety, quality, and legality of products.

A new scoring system to help drive continuous improvement
Continuous improvement is a key feature to IFS standards and the new scoring system provides the opportunity to standardise reports and audit results, giving the customer a clear overview of performance and in turn help drive continuous improvement. The result will be a comprehensive action plan with clear explanations about non-conformities, enabling corrective actions to be put in place and continue striving for Excellence.

More focus on on-site assessments
The requirements relating to some documentation have been removed or merged, providing more time to focus on the practical elements of the on-site assessment.

Why work with us?


LRQA maintains its independence and impartiality by proactively managing conflicts of interest across all business units, including those that exist between consultancy and third-party certification services. We do not offer consultancy for any management system in the process of, or after completing, accredited third-party certification with LRQA.

Technical expertise

Our auditors are industry specialists whom we match with your business needs, enabling an effective and robust audit of your system.  We’re expert in not only understanding the potential in cutting-edge ideas but in applying this knowledge pragmatically in ways which guarantee impact today and in the long-term.

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