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IFS PACsecure

IFS PACsecure is a product and process standard that assesses the safety and quality of packaging materials and their compliance with regulation and customer requirements.

IFS offers two assessment solutions, the IFS PACsecure Standard and the IFS Global Markets PACsecure Program. Both are applicable for the production, processing, or conversion of components and materials intended for use as primary or secondary packaging in food, cosmetics, household, and personal care products. They support businesses in meeting the growing transparency and traceability demands in the market.

Designed to complement your current business structure, IFS PACsecure offers tailor-made solutions to fit the philosophy and needs of your company. IFS is the chosen packaging certification for major corporate and independent packaging companies.


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Why you can Trust IFS

IFS standards and programs are developed by technical working groups consisting of leading food, consumer goods, and packaging companies, industry consultants, and compliance professionals. The standard and the program are designed to meet the unique processes of the packaging industry.

IFS PACsecure was developed by industry experts for the industry.

IFS PACsecure version 2  is benchmarked by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and is accepted by retailers and brand owners worldwide.

IFS Global Markets PACsecure helps packaging suppliers gradually build risk-based and optimised product safety and quality management systems and capacity building.

Features of the IFS PACsecure Standard

IFS Scoring System

The fair and equitable scoring system helps you recognize opportunities for improvement. Our scoring system is unique in that it allows auditors to assess your level of compliance with the standard requirements. Rather than a pass or fail, requirements are graded based on the level of conformance. You can easily derive improvement actions from the explanations in the assessment report.

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IFS Risk-Based Approach

Our risk-based approach recognizes that you know your products and processes best. With this knowledge, you can determine, through hazard analysis and risk assessment, the best-suited methods required to monitor and control hazards and related risks.

Your processes must ensure that your packaging is safe for its intended use, and meets your customer and legal requirements. Utilizing a risk-based approach and conducting hazard analysis allow you to focus on the areas of importance unique to your business.

Trusted Assessments

IFS approved auditors assess the effectiveness and level of implementation of the processes. The auditor, individually approved and licensed by IFS, verifies whether the solution developed by your business is effective to ensure product safety, quality, and compliance with regulations and customer specifications.

This type of assessment requires proven knowledge and expertise of the relevant product scope. Therefore, the auditors’ qualification is crucial for the value of an IFS Certification. This is the worldwide working principle of IFS.

Benefits of IFS PACsecure

IFS Certification helps you:
  • grow sales as you retain existing customers and gain new ones
  • meet customer expectations regarding product safety and quality and show that you are a trustworthy business partner
  • reduce operating costs and increase efficiency by improving your processes and reducing waste and costs related to recalls, complaints, or rejected products and rework.
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What is Involved

IFS PACsecure covers 6 primary areas of the business.

Senior Management Responsibility

Quality Management System

Resource Management

Planning and Production Process

Measurements and Analysis

Defence and Security

How it Works

These basic steps can help guide your company through the process to IFS PACsecure certification.


  1. Commit and communicate to management
  2. Engage a consultant or decide to do it yourself
  3. Appoint a team leader
  4. Select the implementation team
  5. Communicate the program to employees


  1. Conduct a gap analysis
  2. Establish a critical path and deadline
  3. Set milestones and review meeting dates
  4. Educate the Team
  5. Execute improvements
  6. Conduct internal audits


  1. Select a certification body
  2. Set an assessment date
  3. Schedule a preassessment internally or with professional help
  4. Correct deficiencies
  5. Conduct the assessment
  6. Receive IFS Certification
  7. Tell your customers

The gap analysis identifies the areas of deficiency to help you map out a plan to implement good manufacturing practices, procedures, processes, and documentation controls needed to meet the standard requirements.

The IFS PACsecure Standard is the result of the joint effort of PAC Packaging Consortium and IFS International Featured Standards. The standard is designed to meet the unique processes of the packaging industry.

PAC Global is a not-for-profit member-based corporation serving the needs of the packaging community globally.

In 1950, PAC was formed as the Packaging Association of Canada to foster a community where companies from across the value chain could safely come together to collaborate, innovate, and educate.

Our strength continues to be in the breadth, skill, knowledge and influence of our membership base. Our founding members are a daily reminder that the PAC community continues to stand the test of time.

With the professional expertise of retailers, manufacturers, certification bodies and other experts worldwide, IFS develops globally recognised product quality and safety standards and development programs. To complement this, IFS offers supportive tools and guidance documents to help quality managers work more efficiently. The common goal of IFS is to strive for the best product safety and quality management system so that consumers can trust the products they buy.

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IFS PACsecure certification shows your customers that you care about the safety of the packaging you produce and that you are investing in your future.  

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What people say

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    Tony Christian, Compliance and Quality Manager, Color Ad Packaging

    "We marketed ourselves as IFS PACsecure-certified. We realized that consistently maintaining this standard was extremely important."

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    Mariana Borella Camera, Garantia da Qualidade Fornecedores - Embalagens, BRF

    "We chose to indicate the IFS PACSecure Standard to our suppliers by understanding that in addition to the document evaluation, IFS PACSecure guidelines are oriented to direct evaluations in the production processes. Evaluations with this focus brings benefits to the audited process and confidence for clients on ensuring compliance with the proposed standards."

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