IFS HPC – consumer products
Certification to the standard helps ensure product safety, reduce costs and ensure transparency of the entire production chain of household and personal care products.
Customer expectations in the quality and product safety of household and personal care products is increasing. With a potential direct impact on consumer health and safety, transparency is essential to build consumer trust and confidence.
The IFS HPC standard is the result of collaboration among HPC industries, retailers and certification bodies. The aim is to ensure that household and personal care producers provide safe, compliant and quality goods to the market.
Companies implementing and seeking independent third-party certification to the IFS HPC standard will benefit from the following:
- Monitoring of compliance with consumer product regulations.
- More effective use of resources.
- Reduction in the need for customer audits.
- Ability to reduce total audit time by combining multiple audits.
- Higher flexibility through individual implementation due to a risk-based approach.
- Improved business reputation as a manufacture of higher- quality and safe products.
- Ability to trade with customers requiring third party audits.
- Increased customer confidence
IFS HPC’s intention is to ensure comparability and transparency throughout the supply chain, reducing cost and time for both suppliers and retailers.
The requirements of the IFS Household and Personal Care Products checklist are divided into six chapters:
- Senior management responsibility
- Quality and product safety management system
- Resource management
- Planning and production process
- Measurements, analyses, corrective actions and management of incidents
- Product defense (optional chapter)
IFS HPC covers the following products:
- Cosmetics (e.g. make up, lotions, shampoo, creams, etc.)
- Household chemical products (e.g. detergents, softeners, cleaning agents, aroma sticks, etc.)
- Daily use household products (e.g. household gloves, bakery paper, brooms, aluminum foil, etc.)
- Personal hygiene products (e.g. tampons, tweezers, bath sponges, diapers, etc.)
IFS HPC audits are carried out by qualified auditors of independent, accredited and approved certification bodies, such as DNV GL.
How to get certified?
- Get the standard
Understand the requirements and analyze whether your site(s) meet(s) the requirements.
- Measure readiness
Perform a self-assessment to determine readiness for the certification process. An independent Gap Assessment may be considered to review the organization’s procedures and processes. This can help establish a plan for improvements.
- Select a certification body
When the site(s) is/are deemed ready for the certification audit, contact a certification body, such as DNV GL, who is accredited to perform audits against the standard.
- Prepare for the audit
The certification body will require accurate information on scope of products made, any requested exclusions, number of staff, details of products and technologies employed in the manufacture of the process (the number of product risk assessments the organization has) and the size of the site, for example. This information is used to assess the needed requirements and qualifications for the auditor(s) and the duration of the audit .
- Perform the audit
The certification audit will be planned between both parties. At the audit, it will be expected that observation of the manufacturing process for all products defined in the scope requested will be observed together with the supporting systems, procedures and data.
- Become certified
Any issues identified will be communicated at the end of the audit and requires correction, root cause analysis and corrective actions. Evidence of the actions put in place must be submitted to the certification body. A technical assessment will confirm that the issues have been addressed. When verified by the certification body, the certificate will be issued.
- Maintain certification
The certificate is valid for 3 years and annual surveillance audits to ensure continued compliance. Every third year, a re-certification audit is executed. It is mandatory for 1 of the audits over the 3-year period to be unannounced.
How can DNV GL help?
Services we can provide:
- Gap Assessment
DNV GL offers gap assessment against the requirements of the standards with the aim of helping sites to be prepared for their certification audit. It highlights areas where improvements are required for a site to be successful in their certification audit.
DNV GL has sector specific training for home and personal products as well as the requirements and understanding of the IFS standards. This could be especially beneficial to companies who are considering 3rd party certification for the first time.
- Certification to IFS HPC standards
Certification of your product safety management system.
- Other types of certification
IFS HPC standards on consumer products does not cover Health and Safety, Sustainability, Security and Data Security or Ethical requirements. DNV GL can assess compliance against all these requirements with specialized trained auditors as needed by International recognized standards.
DNV GL has an extensive network of auditors whom have a wide range of experience in auditing organizations for products and processes covered under the scope of the IFS HPC standard.
Within the global network for DNV GL, auditors are located within many countries and can offer audits in local language with the knowledge and understanding of local customs.