The UNI EN ISO 9001 specifies a number of organizational and operational requirements necessary that a QMS (Quality Management System) of a company must have going to stimulate the organizational capacity guiding her to the delivery of products or services that meet the customer expectations. The development and implementation of such a management system is divided into several stages, first of all to determine regulatory requirements, needs and expectations of customers and other stakeholders, which is followed by the determination of the objectives for and the quality of the processes and responsibilities necessary to achieve the objectives. An organization can be certified according to ISO 9001 only if they meet the requirements. These requirements are audited annually by external evaluators belonging to an Accredited Certification Body that verifies the existence of the initial quality and verifies that controls are maintained over time the characteristics of quality system of the organization.



The BRC and IFS standards are international schemes that aim to harmonize, in the face of common principles, the different standards adopted by the GDO (Mass Retailers) European Union. BRC (British Retailer Consortium) is the global standard for retailers and was born in England, where it is now institutionalized, while the IFS is an international standard for the verification of retailers and wholesalers of branded food products, and is issued by the most important names of Large Retailers of Germany, France and Italy. Both refer to quality management systems, the HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) and the Environmental Factory, a set of GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) and GHP (Good Practice Hygiene).