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IDFL Audit and Certifications

Globalization has changed the textile production from a local processing to a complex supply chain that involves many cultures and countries. For example, a company in the United Kingdom may source its filling materials from China, assemble the products in Vietnam, and sell its jackets in Canada and Korea. This global supply chain has created a concern for the traceability of textile fillings. In addition, there has recently been an increasingly greater focus on the ethical handling of the animals involved, such as geese and duck, during food production and the general animal welfare conditions at the farms.


Since 1978, IDFL has been the global leader in the quality control of filled textile products. In 2008, IDFL developed the first down and feather traceability audit system. IDFL has the professional expertise and understanding of the supply chain to provide competent evaluations. 


Compliance with IDFL certification programs helps ensure  ethically sourced materials by certifying suppliers and verifying supplier traceability systems. Supplier operations, animal welfare (such as risk of live-plucking and force feeding), human welfare and other best practices are also verified through on-site visits and documentation reviews.


Audits and Certification Process

  1. Application: Fill out the application form and submit to IDFL. Applications can be found below in the audit / certification program description. 
  2. Review: Upon receipt of the completed application, IDFL will review and contact you if further information is necessary. A conference call or in-person meeting may be necessary to confirm all application requirements.
  3. Agreement: Once all application information is clear and confirmed, IDFL will prepare an agreement and quotation.
  4. Evaluation: After the agreement and offer is accepted, IDFL will begin the evaluation process. Additional documentation regarding your management system and processes may be required.* 
  5. On-site Evaluation: IDFL will send an auditor to your operations to review documents and procedures against the requirements of the standard and interview management and staff.
  6. Evaluation Review: The results of the audit are provided to an IDFL certifier. This report is carefully reviewed and a final certification decision is determined. If non-conformities are present, you will be given a period of time to correct them. Necessary corrective action plans will need to be in place before certification can be approved.
  7. Certificate: Once IDFL has granted certification, you will be given a certificate to verify your ability to produce goods in accordance with the standard. This certificate will have to be renewed at a given time, depending on the chosen standard. Additional surveillance, such as unannounced audits, traceability checks, and transaction certificates maybe required depending on the chosen standard. 

*Note: Ensure you understand standard requirements prior to the audit/certification, so all necessary documents and procedures are prepared and in accordance with the standard. Good preparation can reduce certification costs by saving auditing time.

DOWNPASS is an association of member companies that all adhere to a high standard of down and feather supply chain traceability, animal welfare and quality requirements.

The DOWNPASS aim is to implement a globally valid and recognized system to ensure that worldwide demand can be met from ethically sound sources. Companies, including down and feather suppliers and brand names, are eligible to join DOWNPASS upon application. DOWNPASS member companies that comply with the association and audit requirements can use the DOWNPASS label.


Downpass Standards

Currently, Downpass has two audit standards:

1.     DOWNPASS 2016 - Modular Standard including basic traceability compliance requirements and no live-plucking. Modules include options for traceability to the farm. parent farm, and force feeding.

2.     DOWNPASS 2017 - Zero Tolerance Standard. Includes all the following criteria:

  • No moult harvesting
  • No live-plucking
  • No material from the foie gras production (force feeding)
  • Monitoring the breeding conditions
  • Traceability back to the referring breeding (raising) area
  • No parallel production on farm level
  • Quality checks of filling material by accredited testing institutes


Other Information

Please find the Downpass application form below. For questions about the application process and offer information, please contact IDFL at audits@idfl.com.

For more information about Downpass and the Downpass standards, please visit downpass.com.

A directory of Downpass members can be found here.


IDFL is involved in the development of internal traceability programs and standards for those companies interested in customized audits of their supply chain.

 The purpose of the IDFL Traceability Audit System is to verify that down and feather products are ethically sourced and allows applicants to choose and customize options that meet their own requirements. IDFL has developed requirements that serve as a base standard for the following categories:

  • General Operations
  • Traceability
  • No Live-Plucking
  • No Force Feeding
  • Animal Welfare
  • Basic Human Welfare and Corporate Responsibility
  • Country of Origin
  • Recycled Down

With the IDFL TAS, applicants can choose which requirements they would like implemented are also allowed to add additional requirements if necessary. Any additional requirements will be noted on the certificate. 

The IDFL TAS is appropriate for both industrial supply chains and collector-based supply chains. The beginning point of the supply chain is determined by the client. In most cases, the beginning point is the slaughterhouse or the raising farms. It is also possible to begin at the parent farm as an optional starting pointing.

Applicants must choose the types of products they intend to have audited. Common products for those dealing in bulk materials, such as down processors and trade companies, include:

  • White Duck Down and Feather
  • White Goose Down and Feather 
  • Grey Duck Down and Feather
  • Grey Goose Down and Feather.

For those dealing with final products, such as manufacturers and brand names, products include:  

  • Home Textile Products
  • Apparel Products

Other products can also include any other non-textile use of down and feathers in any consumer product.


Other Information

Please find the IDFL Traceability Audit System application form below. 

For questions about the application process and offer information, please contact IDFL at audits@idfl.com.

The purpose of IDFL Down Standard (IDS) is to verify that down and feather products are ethically sourced. The IDS combines the most commonly requested IDFL Traceability Audit System options into one complete standard. The IDFL Down Standard maintains a fixed, standard set of requirements for each type of supplier in the supply chain, including requirements for:      

  • General Operations        
  • Traceability
  • No Live-Plucking
  • No Force Feeding
  • Animal Welfare
  • Basic Human Welfare and Corporate Responsibility

The IDS provides retailers and brands a way to ensure their suppliers and products meet high ethical standards. Manufacturers, trade companies, and down and feather processors may also choose the IDS to show buyers their ability to provide ethical products. 

SCOPE

The IDS is appropriate for both industrial supply chains and collector-based supply chains. The requirements of the IDS must begin at the raising farm. It is also possible to begin at the parent farm as an optional starting pointing.

Applicants must choose the types of products they intend to have audited. Common products for those dealing in bulk materials, such as down processors and trade companies, include:

  • White Duck Down and Feather
  • White Goose Down and Feather
  • Grey Duck Down and Feather
  • Grey Goose Down and Feather.

For those dealing with final products, such as manufacturers and brand names, products include: 

  • Home Textile Products
  • Apparel Products

Other products can also include any other non-textile use of down and feathers in any consumer product.

The IDFL Down Standard is a supplier certification. Traceability verification for specific purchase orders or products can be completed separately and is recommended for best practice.


Other Information

Please find the IDS application form below. For questions about the application process and offer information, please contact IDFL at audits@idfl.com.

For questions about the application process and offer information, please contact IDFL at audits@idfl.com.

The goal of the Responsible Down Standard is to ensure that the waterfowl in the down supply chain are treated humanely. This is accomplished by providing the industry with tools to ensure that down and feathers do not come from animals that have been subjected to any unnecessary harm and to institute a chain of custody system to validate the source of the material.

The RDS is applicable for industrialized and small farm - collector based channels. The standard includes an optional module for the certification of parent farms. The standard may apply to both blended and 100% certified products; however, final products may only be labeled as RDS certified if the down or feathers in them are 100% certified.


RDS Modules

The standard consists of six modules:

  1. Farm module
  2. Slaughter module
  3. Transport module
  4. Small Farmer Group module (SFG)
  5. TE Content Claim Standard
  6. Parent Farm Certification (optional)

IDFL is an approved certification body for all modules of the Responsible Down Standard - including farms, collectors, slaughterhouses, processors, manufacturers, traders, and brands. 

Applicants must choose the types of products they intend to have audited. Common products for those dealing in bulk materials, such as down processors and trade companies, include:

  • White Duck Down and Feather
  • White Goose Down and Feather
  • Grey Duck Down and Feather
  • Grey Goose Down and Feather.

For those dealing with final products, such as manufacturers and brand names, products include: 

  • Home Textile Products filled with RDS certified filling material
  • Apparel Products filled with RDS certified filling material


Other Information

For questions about the application process and offer information, please contact IDFL at audits@idfl.com.

Please find the RDS application form below. For questions about the application process and offer information, please contact IDFL at audits@idfl.com

For more information about Responsible Down Standard, please visit it's website at ResponsibleDown.org.

A directory of all RDS certified units can be found here.


The abbreviation EDFA stands for European Down and Feather Association. The association, which was founded in 1980 and has its headquarters in Mainz, is currently made up of more than 90 companies and national organizations from 23 countries. The aim of the association is to represent the interest of members from the bed feather industry, the feather-filling industry and their suppliers (machine industry, chemical industry, ticking industry, and test institutes). The EDFA is particularly committed to defending consumer interests and animal welfare. Companies, including down and feather suppliers and brand names, are eligible to join the EDFA upon application.

The members of the EDFA strictly condemn the practice of plucking feathers and down from live animals outside the moulting season and commit themselves to a documentary traceability system and a code of conduct which stipulates that no down or feathers are harvested in a manner that inflicts pain upon the animals may be procured or processed. Standardized traceability is a necessary prerequisite to obtain information on the gathering of the material. The EDFA Traceability Standard serves as a basis for establishing such a system.

The EDFA Traceability Standard covers feather harvesting all over the world. Non-members of EDFA may commit themselves to the traceability of finished feathers and down by means of this standard.


Other Information

Please find the EDFA Traceability application form below. 

For questions about the application process and offer information, please contact IDFL at audits@idfl.com.

For more information about EDFA, please visit it's website at edfa.eu.