The nature of the challenges facing the dairy supply chain is increasingly multi-disciplinary in nature.

IDF proactively contributes to the development of science-based globally harmonised standards, guidelines, codes of practice and related methodologies across all working areas, to continually improve regulatory environments for the dairy sector. It does this through proactively engaging with key international organisations and influencers such as the international food standards setting body Codex Alimentarius and the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO). IDF also identifies knowledge gaps, prioritising its activities, proposing solutions and seeking a consensus on these..

“The role of the IDF is to provide science-based expertise and consensus for the global sector”
  • Key opinion leaders and IGOs agree that dairy is an essential part of a nutritious, healthy and sustainable diet, which is reflected in guidance and legislation
  • Key IGOs recognise IDF as “global expertise in dairy”
  • Dairy sector executives recognise and support the vital role that IDF plays in shaping the operating environment for the dairy value chain

Activities of Codex, OIE and ISO (non-analytical) are driven by the members of the respective organizations. IDF’s role is to observe, report developments to dairy stakeholders and provide science-based technical inputs to ensure that the interests of the dairy sector are well represented in these standard-setting activities. The IDF/ISO TC34/SC5 – analytical methods for milk and milk) work is largely driven by IDF.