Abbreviation for "International Featured Standards" with a series of food, product and service standards. It was developed in 2003 by representatives of the European food retail trade as the "International Food Standard" and served the uniform inspection of food safety and the quality level of the producers. After several updates and the development of further standards, the brand was renamed to its current name. After an expansion of the subject area the name was changed. The IFS standards are intended to ensure that certified companies produce a compliant product or provide a service in accordance with the specifications agreed with the customer and work continuously on improvement through a continuous process. The standards and their requirements (checklists) are aimed at various participants in the supply chain.