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IFS PACsecure

The IFS PACsecure Standard is a global GFSI recognized certification for both food and non-food primary and secondary packaging materials. It is focused on good manufacturing practices, quality, safety, compliance with regulations, customer specifications, security, and continuous improvement.

The standard complements your current business structure and offers a tailor-made quality management system designed to fit the philosophy and needs of your company. It is the chosen packaging certification for major corporate and independent packaging companies.


230+ Certifications 

8 Countries

11 Certification Bodies Worldwide

44 Auditors 

Why you can Trust IFS

The IFS PACsecure Standard is the result of the joint effort of PAC Packaging Consortium and IFS International Featured Standards. The requirements are the effort of a technical working group consisting of leading food and packaging companies, industry consultants, and compliance professionals. The standard is designed to meet the unique processes of the packaging industry.

PAC Packaging Consortium, founded in 1950, is a North American centric, with global access, network of members representing all stakeholders in the packaging value chain.

PAC drives change and innovation through leadership, collaboration and knowledge sharing.

IFS International Featured Standards is a European-based organization providing trusted standards to cooperate within the supply chain to improve product integrity.

With over 26,000 assessments worldwide, IFS operates in 100 countries and 20 languages.

Features of IFS PACsecure

IFS PACsecure is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) and accepted by retailers and brand owners worldwide. The IFS Scoring System is fair and recognizes the progress of implementation, drives continuous improvement, and the requirements of the standard are risk-based and non-prescriptive. IFS PACsecure was developed by industry experts for the industry.


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.

Video - IFS Scoring System Explained in 5 minutes.

Risk Based Approach

The risk-based approach of IFS provides you the freedom of implementing processes that meet your business needs.


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.

IFS auditors assess the effectiveness and level of implementation of the processes.

Key Factors

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 a profound knowledge of the specific products and their production. Therefore, the auditors’ qualification is crucial for the value of an IFS Certification.

This is the worldwide working principle of IFS.

IFS team implementing PACsecure standard

What is Involved

The IFS PACsecure standard 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 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.

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Get IFS Certified

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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IFS works with certification bodies, auditors and consultants to continually expand  products and services to stakeholders, like you, worldwide.

What people say

  • Color Ad Packaging Logo
    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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