Brokers and importers play an important role in the value chain since they have a strong influence on the supply chain through their choice of suppliers. Trading partners expect brokers and importers to communicate their product requirements to manufacturers and that these will be understood and implemented. For this reason IFS has developed the new standard IFS Broker for brokers and importers in order to examine how these processes are implemented. The new standard has been created on the basis of IFS Food and incorporates experience gained in supplier audits in the retail trade.
The new IFS Broker checks to see whether brokers / importers have implemented appropriate measures in their processes to ensure that their suppliers operate in accordance with food safety and quality requirements and to monitor compliance in order for the products supplied to meet legal requirements and contractual specifications.
Differences to IFS Food:
- The HACCP concept has been substantially reduced
- The demands on the manufacturing process have been removed
- The demands on the infrastructure and the working environment have been removed
If brokers / importers have their own warehouse and conduct transportation on their own behalf, these parts of their operations must be certified in accordance with IFS Logistic.
This has given rise to a modular system of certification that can be applied in a flexible way to the processes of brokers and importers.
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