SGS is proud to announce that it has certified Indian Potash Limited (IPL) to the Protect & Sustain standard of the International Fertilizer Association (IFA).

A major distributor of potash based fertilizer, IPL is the first non-producing IFA member to receive this certification.

2017 IFA Conference

Group photo (from left to right): Charlotte Hebebrand, IFA Director General, France, Parvinder Singh GAHLAUT, Managing Director, IPL, India, Vasudha MISHRA, Chairperson, IPL and Managing Director, NCDC, India, Dr Abdulrahman Jawahery, IFA Immediate Past President and President of GPIC, Bahrain, Rakesh Kapur, New IFA President and Joint Managing Director of IFFCO, India, Brent Heimann, President & CEO, Arab Potash Company, Jordan

The award was issued on May 19, 2017, following an onsite audit by SGS. The certificate of excellence was formally presented to IPL at the recent IFA conference in Marrakesh, Morocco.

Jeff Dowson, SGS Global Head International Sales and Accounts, said: “It’s a great privilege to have another first for SGS and at the same time show the true commitment of IPL. This first certification of a non-producer member marks a new dawn for the IFA Protect & Sustain standard and opens the door now for other non-producers to embrace the principles of the standard. Not only did IPL meet the requirements, they reached a high level of compliance during the process, demonstrating how well they manage their business."

The Protect & Sustain standard was developed by IFA, with support from SGS, in 2010. It is a tool for helping member businesses meet their health, safety, quality and security needs while increasing profits. The standard is aimed at boosting best practice among IFA members. SGS has been an approved audit body since 2010.

About IFA

IFA is the only global fertilizer association with a membership of more than 500 entities, encompassing all actors in the fertilizer value chain: producers, traders, distributors, service providers, advisors, research organizations and NGOs. IFA promotes the industry’s engagement in sustainable agricultural practices and the efficient and responsible production, distribution and use of plant nutrients to advance global food security and sustainable development goals.

For further information, please contact:

Jeff Dowson
Global Head International Sales and Accounts
t: +44 7889 939 725

About SGS

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. SGS is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 90,000 employees, SGS operates a network of over 2,000 offices and laboratories around the world.