IFS Food Version-8 Certification Consultancy in India

IFS Food is an international standard for assessing product and process compliance regarding food safety and quality. IFS food meets the criteria of the Global Food Safety Initiative - GFSI. The IFS Food V8 standard is a GFSI-recognized standard that applies to food manufacturers and processors globally. Certification of your food safety and quality system to IFS food standard demonstrates your commitment to food safety, product quality, legality, authenticity and continual improvement in the food safety and quality management system.

IFS (International Featured Standard) Food Version-8 standard was revised in April 2023. The IFS Food V8 Audits will start on the 1st of October 2023. From the 1st of January 2024, IFS Food Version 8 audits will become mandatory. The new IFS Food Version-8 is revised and updated making alignment with the Codex Alimentarius and ISO 22003-2 and GFSI Benchmarking Requirements. IFS food audit requirements have been revised keeping in view the need for a more robust food safety and quality management system as well as to simplify the audit process and increase the efficiency of the audit in the future.

IFS Food V8 Certification

Punyam.com is the largest and one of the best consultants for IFS Food V8 certification in India. The IFS food certification (Version 8) for a food processing or food manufacturing organization involves step-by-step implementation of the food safety and quality management in accordance with IFS Food V8 requirements, preparing documentation for IFS food V8 certification as well as auditing and reviewing the system. A strong commitment of the top management as well as food safety training and awareness at all levels in the organization are the cornerstone of IFS Food system implementation and IFS Food V8 certification. The IFS food certificate is issued by accredited, internationally recognized, independent, third-party certification bodies for a period of 3 years after the successful completion of the pre-audit and registration (final) audit by the certification body auditors. Surveillance audits are conducted by the certification body within the period of 3 years, at intervals of 6 months, 9 months, or 12 months depending upon the nature and size of the organization. Upon completion of 3 years, a renewal audit is done for a new 3-year cycle.

Steps for IFS Food Version-8 Consultancy

To implement the international featured standard food version-8 standard in food product processor/ manufacturer organizations and achieve IFS food V8 certification, Punyam.com provides IFS food V8 consultancy in the following steps:

  • Micro-level survey of the existing system of the organization
  • Conduct IFS food V8 and food safety awareness programs for all personnel
  • Form a steering committee and task force for IFS food V8 documentation
  • Prepare documents of IFS food V8 standard as well as risk/hazard analysis
  • Implementation and training of all personnel in the use of documented procedures and formats
  • Train employees related to food safety hazards identification, evaluation and control
  • Train internal auditors
  • Assess the system through the first internal audit
  • Take corrective actions for non-conformities and carry out management review meeting
  • Apply for certification
  • Assist organization during Final audit by certification body
  • Assist organization to take corrective actions on the nonconformities to the satisfaction of the certification body.

Benefits of IFS Food V8 Certification

Food manufacturing/processing organizations can get numerous benefits on implementing a food safety and quality management system and getting IFS food V8 certification. The benefits include, but not limited to, the following:

  • International recognition
  • Helps to meet GFSI benchmark
  • Strengthen your brand and get access to top retailers across the world
  • Improves food safety and quality of your product
  • Conformance to legal and regulatory requirements
  • Systematic approach to meet the requirement for food safety
  • The ability to reduce customer and third-party audits
  • Demonstrate a commitment to quality processes and continual improvement
  • Minimize risk and protect your reputation
  • Improving understanding between management and staff relating to good practices, standards, and procedures
  • Confidence
  • Credibility
  • Sales growth
  • Continuous Improvement
  • Consistency
  • Competitiveness

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