ATeCQ Certification

Certification process

Before being audited, the company must thoroughly study all the  IFS HPC requirements.

In order to perform the IFS HPC audit, the company must select an approved certification body to perform the audit. Only certification bodies approved by IFS, such as ATeCQ Certification, can perform IFS HPC audits and issue certificates.


Several factors play a role in determining the time required for a comprehensive audit.
the size of the site (manufacturing area + storage area),

  • the type of production process,
  • the scope of the audit,
  • the number of the different risk assessment studies and the number of production lines
  • involved,
  • the number of personnel employed on site,
  • if the audit is combined (e.g. IFS HPC / IFS Broker),
  • if a translator is needed (audit duration shall increase by 20 %),
  • the number of non-conformities found during the previous audit

The company can only be audited when the products concerned are actually being manufactured.

The audit shall be scheduled based on the following mandatory steps:

  • the opening meeting, during which the scope shall be reviewed and agreed on,
  • the evaluation of existing quality and safety systems; achieved by checking documentation
  • (risk assessment, quality management),
  • the on-site audit and interviewing of the personnel,
  • the final conclusions drawn from the audit,
  • the closing meeting.

The company will assist and co-operate with the auditor during the audit. As part of the audit, personnel members from different levels of management and operative levels are interviewed. It is advisable that the company's senior managers should be present, or Officially represented, at the opening and closing meetings, so that any deviations and non-conformities can be discussed, and corrective actions validated and initiated.

The auditor who conduct the audit will assess all the requirements of the IFS HPC, which are relevant to the company's structure and function.

During the closing meeting, the auditor shall present all findings and discuss with the company the most significant deviations and non-conformities which have been identified with the company.

The certification body shall issue a provisional audit report and outline action plan to the company, which shall be used as a basis for drawing up corrective actions for the determined deviations and non-conformities.

The certification body is responsible for making the final certification decision and the preparation
of the formal audit report after the receipt of the completed action plan.
The issuing of the certificate is dependent on the audit results and an appropriate action plan.

Scoring system

A Full compliance 20 points
B (deviation) Almost full compliance 15 points
C (deviation) Small part of the requirement has been implemented 5 points
D (deviation) Requirement has not been implemented – 20 points
A Major deviation will subtract 15 % of the possible total amount of points.
The requirement is not implemented 50 % of the possible total amount of points is subtracted –> No Certificate awarding is possible.
With a 95% rating the site can be certified higher level.
Between 75 and 95% the site can be certified at the basic level.
Below 75% the site cannot be certified.

For all products and for all certification levels, the audit frequency for IFS HPC audits is 12 months, starting from the date of the audit and not the date of issue the certificate.


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