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Verify the service compliance of trade agencies, importers and brokers by checking that suppliers operate in accordance with the necessary product safety and quality requirements.

As supply chain globalization grows, raw materials and products continue to be sourced in new ways and from different sources. Brokers, agents, and importers are an integral element in linking producers and retailers. They must monitor their supplier’s compliance so that supplied products meet regulatory and contractual specifications. Certification to the IFS Broker standard demonstrates both compliance and commitment to the safety and quality.

What is the standard

IFS Broker was created to ensure the safety and quality of products filling the gap between production and distribution. Trading partners expect broker, agents, and importers to communicate their product requirements to manufacturers and that these specifications will be understood and implemented. The standard checks the engaged parties to ensure that they have implemented appropriate measures in their service so that their suppliers operate in accordance with product safety and quality requirements. Brokers, agents, and importers must also monitor their supplier’s compliance so that supplied products meet regulatory and contractual specifications. IFS Broker is a GFSI recognized standard.

Benefits of becoming certified

Certification to the IFS Broker standard holds a number of benefits for companies striving for excellence in quality, product safety and customer satisfaction:
  • Grow sales and increase efficiency
  • The scoring system drives continuous improvement
  • The IFS risk-based approach enables individual risk assessments
  • The non-prescriptive approach allows custom-made solutions
  • Combining with other IFS audits is possible

Getting started

To be certified, you first need to implement the required procedures into a system complying with the standard’s requirements. DNV is an accredited third-party certification body and can help you throughout the journey starting from relevant IFS Broker training to self-assessments, gap analysis and certification services. Learn more about how to get started on the road to certification.

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