IFS PACSecure Newsletter April 2020

These are indeed challenging times for everyone in the packaging industry as companies face unprecedented demands in response to the impact of the Coronavirus.  In this publication, we bring you the latest news about IFS and the work we are doing to support you.

We hope you find the updates and articles of value. Please contact us with your ideas and comments as it will help ensure we are providing information that meets your needs. Email Cheryl Sullivan at sullivan@ifs-certification.com.

Best Practices for Communicable Disease Management

We know you are busy implementing new policies and procedures to manage the added communicable disease risk to your business.  To help, we have written two articles about hygiene and sanitation best practices to give you a quick list of actions to consider as you continue to enforce the recent changes.

Safe Packaging – Essential for Food Supply (2 min. read)

Sanitation for Communicable Diseases (2 min. read)

Pandemic Crisis Management Plan

The Coronavirus has certainly presented unique challenges for the packaging industry.  Many companies are reporting higher sales but face the difficulty of employee absences, increased management of the communicable disease program, physical distancing, and enhanced sanitation practices.  Now is the time to document the learnings from this experience and to develop a pandemic crisis management plan.  

Certificate Renewals 

If you are already IFS PACsecure certified and have an audit coming up, be sure to contact your certification body to find out how, or if, an audit will be possible.  For further information regarding audits during this time of COVID-19, please read Update on the IFS Approach During the Coronavirus Pandemic.

IFS Global Markets PACsecure Program 

We are pleased to report the IFS International Technical Committee (ITC) approved the IFS Global Markets PACsecure Program.  We now have the green light to proceed with finalizing the program for availability very soon.  The primary benefit is that it gives companies a more manageable way to implement good manufacturing practices for safe packaging for food protocols.  This approach allows companies to assure their customers that they have started assessing risk in their operations and applying controls.   

IFS PACsecure Technical Update

The purpose of the IFS PACsecure Working Group is to review and update the standard to meet current market conditions.  The team virtually met on March 24th to discuss the requirements under Part II, Sections 2 and 3.  Once again, the input and ideas shared by the group created constructive discussion and resulted in productive revisions to these Sections.

Upcoming Events – May 13th – Free PAC webinar – IFS PACsecure Food Safety Standard and COVID-19 – REGISTER

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