The demand for auditing for transporters and logisticians has increased in the last few years significantly. The publication of the IFS Logistics Standard in 2006 has helped to find a solution and thus to create specifications for transparency and secured quality throughout the supply chain. IFS Logistics is suitable for foodstuffs as well as for nonfood products and includes all the logistics activities as far as they imply contact to products that have already been packed. If a food processing company has a logistics or transporting area of its own, this will be covered by the IFS Food Standard (chapter “Transport and storage”). If logistics and transporting activities are outsourced, IFS Logistics will be applicable.
- quality assurance along the whole supply chain while particularly considering storage and transport
- ensuring transparency and uninterrupted traceability
- creating a uniform assessment system by creating a uniform IFS Logistic Standard
- audits conducted by accredited Certification Bodies and qualified auditors
- closing the gap between production and trade
- any logistics provider working for both trade and food industry producing private labels of trade
- warehousing companies, merchants handling transfer orders with their own warehousing and transporting activities
- transporters in different temperature ranges (frozen, chilled, non-chilled)
- logistics for non-food products
Structure of the IFS Logistic
The IFS Logistic Standard is subdivided in three main chapters with altogether 98 criteria:
- basic requirements which apply to all providers of logistics services
- criteria for storage and distribution
- criteria for dedicated providers of transport services
In the basic requirements, quality management, risk management/HACCP study, management responsibility, resource management, implementation within the company as well as actions taken and analyses and improvements made are scrutinized.
Storage and distribution
Hygiene management, lighting, pest control, maintenance, traceability, measurements and calibration are important criteria for storage and distribution.
As for transport, the IFS Logistic Standard places particular emphasis on hygiene and risk management/HACCP study, stock management (first in/first out), temperature control, housekeeping, traceability. Special attention is paid to management responsibilities, the operational handling of corrective actions and personnel training. The HACCP analysis, management commitment and corrective action are KO-criteria.
ISO 22000, BRC Food, CAC/RCP 1-1969 (Rev. 4 -2003), BRC/IOP, BRC CP (Consumer products) IFS HPC, IFS Food
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