IFS announces Version 6.1 of the IFS Food Standard: Here’s what changes

As you may have heard by now, the IFS Food Standard is currently under revision.  The new Version 7 of the standard was initially scheduled for publication in the Spring of 2018. This now turns out to be unrealistic: Version 7 is not be expected until the last quarter of 2018. To make sure that the IFS Food Standard continues to be aligned with the GFSI requirements, IFS will replace Version 6 with a new version called 6.1 in November 2017. In this post, we will summarize the main changes for you.

The main reason behind the development of Version 6.1 has been the publication of the new GFSI Guidance Document in April 2017. In order to make sure that the IFS Food Standard continues to meet the benchmarking requirements of the GFSI, IFS had to introduce a number of additional requirements, particularly in relation to the prevention of food fraud.

Preventing Food Fraud: New Requirements

Version 6.1 has an entirely new section dedicated to the prevention of food fraud. It contains three main requirements:

  • A documented vulnerability assessment shall be undertaken on all raw materials, including packaging, to determine the risk of fraudulent activity in relation to substitution, mislabelling, adulteration or counterfeiting. The criteria considered within the vulnerability assessment shall be defined.
  • A documented food fraud mitigation plan shall be developed, with reference to the vulnerability assessment, and implemented to control any identified risk. The methods of control and monitoring shall be defined and implemented.
  • Vulnerability assessments shall be reviewed at least annually. If a vulnerability assessment identifies increased risk, then the control and monitoring requirements of the food fraud mitigation plan shall be reviewed and amended accordingly.

Timeline

Version 6.1 is scheduled for release in November 2017. It will enter into force on June 1, 2018.

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DQS Presents: The German Association for Excellence

In October 2017, DQS launched its new trademark German Association for Excellence, which will serve as the international umbrella brand for the brand rating, testing and evaluation services of the DQS Group.

With the demand for credible ratings & evaluations on the rise, DQS has decided to harmonize its existing rating portfolio under an internationally appealing brand. The brand name highlights the German roots of DQS, which continues to enjoy an excellent reputation when it comes to quality, both among consumers as well as in the industry.

The following services will be brought together under the banner of the German Association for Excellence:

  • Brand Evaluation
  • Organisational Rating for sustainability and quality
  • Product Rating for sustainability, quality and safety
  • Product Testing

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ISO-Revisions: How to Conduct the Stakeholder Analysis

September 14, 2018 is rapidly approaching. On this day, all certificates that had been issued according to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004 will lose their validity. For certified sites that have not yet begun the transition to the new versions of the standards, the time to act is now.

At the time of writing, approximately 60 % of all DQS customers have successfully completed the transition to ISO 9001:2015. For organizations that have yet to complete this step, we recommend taking into account the 90-day period for closing any possible non-conformities – meaning the initial audit would have to take place at latest by June 2018.

The Stakeholde Analyis – Here’s how

During the transition audits, we have noticed that a considerable number of organizations struggle with the identification of interested parties, as required by the standards.

In order to assist organizations with the identification of interested parties, DQS has developed a template and a guidance document.

The documents are available free of charge in German and English and can be downloaded here:

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