Overview of IFA versions

Version 4 of the IFA standard was revised through an extensive stakeholder consultation process, and version 5 was published in July 2015 with a one-year conversion period. V5 became obligatory in 2016 and has since undergone several updates to keep in line with industry changes as well as to maintain the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognition for the aquaculture, hop, and fruit and vegetables scopes.
The revision process for IFA version 6 began in 2019 and ended in 2021. IFA v6 is due to be published in April 2022. Until then, the following versions remain valid:

IFA v5.4-1-GFS

As of 22 January 2022, v5.4-1-GFS is the obligatory IFA standard version for fruit and vegetables producers who require a standard recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI). It therefore replaces the previous IFA v5.3-GFS.

The obligatory date for IFA v5.4-1-GFS for aquaculture has not yet been established, as it is still in the review process.

Audits conducted on or before 21 January 2022 will be GFSI-recognized through their full certification cycle. Audits conducted on or after 22 January 2022 must use the IFA v5.4-1 checklist and general regulations and achieve certification to this version.

The obligatory date for the updated IFA v5.4-1-GFS for aquaculture, is yet to be announced, as the GFSI review process is still under way. If you are not sure which version to use, please ask your certification body for guidance or contact standard_support@globalgap.org.

IFA v5.2

IFA v5.2 is no longer GFSI-recognized but continues to be available for audit until IFA v6 is published. This edition is suitable for producers who do not require certification with GFSI recognition.

Coming soon – IFA v6

The new IFA version is due to launch in April 2022 and will become obligatory in April 2023. This version will replace all previous versions and will be available in two parallel editions: IFA v6 Smart and IFA v6 GFS. To find out more about this upcoming version, see this page.




IFA v5.4-1-GFS

Summary of changes

coming soon

  • Summary of changes from IFA v5.3-GFS to v5.4-1-GFS (general regulations)
  • Summary of changes from IFA v5.3-GFS to v5.4-1-GFS (CPCC for AQ)
  • Summary of changes from IFA v5.3-GFS to v5.4-1-GFS (CPCC for FV)
  • Normative documents of IFA v5-GFS