Version 6, January 2012 – Food Safety and Quality International Standard. The IFS Version 6 is the result of collaboration between the members of German Federation of Retail HDE (Hauptverband des Deutschen Einzelhandels) and the corresponding French FCD (Federation des entreprises du Commerce et de la Distribution), in order to create a common model of food safety and quality Management System, known as International Food Standard or IFS.
IFS has been drawn as a united tool that allows the evaluation of applied systems of Food safety and quality of foods from the suppliers of alimentary chain according to a uniform approach. IFS is in effect for all lateral to the primary production stages of foodstuff treatment. Development of International Food Standard (IFS) v.6 is based on the continuously increasing requirements of consumers for safe foods and on the cover of requirements that result from the national and European legislation.