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IFS certification

The IFS certification, that is the certificate of conformity to the International Food Standard, allows mass distribution organisations to improve their selection of suppliers according to their capacity of realising safe products, that comply with contractual specifications and legal requirements.

IFS certification is internationally recognised both by the GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative), an international association that consolidates and promotes food safety along the entire supply chain, and by the leading world markets.


  • Improvements in internal processes and productivity levels
  • increase in occupational and product safety
  • guaranteed satisfaction of consumer expectations as regards quality and safety
  • compliance with the food safety standards requirements
  • compliance with the requirements of international retailers
  • increased visibility and competitiveness in the reference markets
  • joint audits with other standards (ISO 9001 and HACCP​), generating significant savings in time and money.


Thanks to our extensive experience and the multi-disciplinary skills matured in the agriculture and food market, RINA SERVICES delivers to domestic and international partners the IFS certification, and related services aimed to guarantee the compliance with the main food safety standards.


  • Compilation of our questionnaire
  • dispatch of the technical/economic offer which, once accepted, constitutes the IFS certification provision contract
  • audit at the company's premises and relative reporting
  • uploading the report to the IFS portal, thus assuring maximum visibility of the result obtained.


How long must I have applied the IFS system before I can obtain certification?
The minimum system application time is 3 months. Normally, however, the minimum time required is at least twice that as at least one complete audit cycle and management review must be performed during this time.

How often are audits performed?
​Audits are performed at least once a year.

Must I apply all the requirements of the International Food Standard?
Every omission must be clearly and fully justified before it can be accepted.
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