International food safety standard developed in 2002 by representatives of the German retail trade. It is widely recognized standard throughout the Western Europe (except the UK, where there is a standard BRC).
IFS standard consists of the following elements:
With these requirements shows that the implementation of IFS associated with both having a functioning HACCP system, as well as documenting the origin of raw materials as well as possible threats and develop methods of prevention. It is also necessary to train managers and employees with food safety requirements. Having IFS is primarily required from all suppliers of retail chains from Germany (eg. Lidl, Real) and France (eg. Auchan, Carrefour).