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 developed IFS Broker for brokers and importers.
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.
The basis for the new IFS Broker is IFS Food version 5. However, the criteria that do not apply to brokers / importers have been removed from the checklist. Furthermore, new criteria have been developed to accommodate the processes within a broker's / importer's operations.