The International Dairy Federation (IDF)

International Dairy Federation

The International Dairy Federation is the leading source of scientific and technical expertise for all stakeholders of the dairy chain. IDF engages all stakeholders in productive activities and research projects to further current knowledge and science on a wide range of issues.

Through its working bodies, events and work program, IDF provides a common platform, systems and processes for the global dairy sector to come together to reach consensus.

Given its consensus-building capacity, IDF represents the global voice of dairy towards stakeholders and intergovernmental organizations.

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International Organization for Standardization, (ISO)








International Organization for Standardization

The International Organization for Standardization is an independent, non-governmental membership organization, made up of 165 member countries and the world's largest developer of voluntary International Standards. Its International Standards give world-class specifications for products, services and systems, to ensure quality, safety and efficiency. They are instrumental in facilitating international trade.

ISO Technical Subcommittee ISO/TC 34/SC 5 develops, in cooperation with IDF, International Standards in the field of milk and milk products.

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The business meetings and the technical visit are only open to their members and announced observers from ISO and IDF (full registration). The exhibition of analytical providers as well as the IDF/ISO symposium, and sponsors' workshop are open to all participants, on registration.

Working documents for Project Groups and Standing Committees will be made available through the IDF intranet (, members only).


List of IDF/ISO Project Groups

SCAMAC: Standing Committee on Analytical Methods for Additives and Contaminants
A04 Milk and milk products – Determination of lysozyme content by HPLC
A05 Guideline for the quantitative determination of melamine and cyanuric acid
A10 Guidelines for the validation of screening methods for residues of veterinary medicines
A12 Update of the standards for the aflatoxin M1

SCAMC: Standing Committee on Analytical Methods for Composition
C11 Milk products and infant formula – determination of fatty acids.
C12 Quantitative determination of individual proteins in raw milk
C13 Milk – Determination of nitrogen content parts 4 & 5
C14 Determination of casein nitrogen content
C17 Determination of Ca, Cu, Fe, Mg, Mn, P, K, Na and Zn by ICP-AES
C19 Determination of BHB and acetone content by continuous flow analyzer
C20 Cream – Determination of fat content – acido-butyrometric method
C21 Milk – Determination of fat content - Acido-butyrometric method
C22 Determination of total sugar content-HPLC method
C23* ISO 17678 | IDF 202 – revision of the scope
C25 Definition of propionic acid in cheese by gas chromatography.
C26* Method for the determination of milk adulteration with whey.
C27 Titrable acidity in milk.
C31 Whey protein determination
C32 Reducing the number of standards for determination of fat in various dairy matrices
C33 Determination of individual proteins by LC-MS method
C35* Determination of urea in milk by continuous flow analyzer

SCAMDM: Standing Committee on Analytical Methods for Dairy Microorganisms
D06 Enumeration of lactic acid bacteria by flow cytometry
D07 Enumeration of L Casei
D08* NWI v-PCR Methods
D09* Revision of IDF 220 bifidobacteria

SCAMPAI: Standing Committee on Analytical Methods for Processing Aids and Indicators
P06 Determination of alkaline phosphatase activity – Part 2: Fluorometric method for cheese
P08 Different enzyme indicators for pasteurisation in other species
P09 Confirmation procedures for phosphatase
P13 Phosphatase data in Cheeses
P15 Characterization and definition of poor and coagulating milk
P17 Generation of bovine alkaline phosphatase reference materials
P05* Revision of Determination of alkaline phosphatase activity – Part 1: Fluorometric method for milk and milk-based drinks (extension scope to cream)
P18* Minor revision of ISO/TS 17996|IDF RM 205

SCHMM: Standing Committee on Harmonization of Microbiological Methods

SCSA: Standing Committee on Statistics and Automation
S01 Statistics of analytical data - Interlaboratory study results
S02 Statistical sampling plan (CCMAS)
S03 New applications of IR spectrometry
S04 Statistics of analytical data of microbiological methods
S09 Reference system for somatic cell counting
S10 Method for Automated sampling
S11 revision of ISO 21187|IDF 196 - Quantitative determination of bacteriological quality
S12* Guidelines for the use of in-line infrared spectrometry
S13* Guidance on the application of a conversion equation for quantitative determination of bacteriological quality in milk
S14* Revision of ISO 8196-3?IDF 128-3 Milk -- Definition and evaluation of the overall accuracy of alternative methods of milk analysis -- Part 5: Protocol for the evaluation and validation of alternative quantitative methods of milk analysis

Project Groups (PG) meetings

Project Group meetings will provide the opportunity for the PG members to meet and actively address the work items. The level of formality in PG meetings is reduced to allow more time for in-depth technical discussions and progression of work. Project Leaders shall ensure that the projects advance. The organization of the work, the inclusion of an agenda and/or minutes etc. are tasks which are left up to the Project Leader.

Standing Committees (SC) meetings

The Standing Committees will continue to be the formal bodies that direct work and review progress. Each Project Leader or a designated replacement will deliver a progress report. Specific problems identified during PG meetings can be discussed among meeting participants. This format is intended to allow input from those not directly involved in the projects and to assist with progression of the work. The SC meetings will be formalized with agendas circulated in advance, and detailed minutes maintained.

SC meetings are opened to observers announced.


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