Group Schemes for Organisations

If you want to raise professional standards across your technical specialists, why not consider our group membership scheme? Promoting professionalism through a tailored development scheme helps to set your organisation apart.

"Joining an IFST group membership scheme is a great way for an organisation to demonstrate commitment to continuous professional development of its employees. Active engagement in IFST activities gives staff the opportunity to network and engage with peers from other sectors of the food industry and to contribute to their professional body’s agenda." 

Purity Hrisca CSci FIFST, Technical Manager, Sainsbury's Supermarkets

How your team will benefit:

Your team will be part of a forward-thinking, internationally recognised professional body committed to recognise and empower food professionals by promoting excellence in science and its application throughout the food chain.

They will sign up to the IFST's Code of Professional Conduct and be kept up to date with trends and developments in the sector. IFST membership gives your team access to all the resources they need to learn and grow, extend their knowledge and capabilities.

Each member of your team will enjoy the individual benefits of membership, including carefully curated learning materials, webinars and events, podcasts, information statements and FS&T journal.

Our IFST membership, together with Food Safety Register as well as the Science Council’s Chartered Scientist and Registered Scientist, are competences-based awards which:

  • Complement training programmes
  • Help your organisation demonstrate best practice, high standards and regulatory compliance
  • Illustrates your organisation’s commitment to good science
  • Develop your teams so your meets targets and success criteria
  • Increases morale and motivation
  • Identifies and develops your team’s talent
  • Improve performance
  • Support recruitment and retention
  • Provides you with external validation of your efforts to promote professionalism in your organisation.

Many companies are already on board and seeing the benefits of investing in the professional development of their team. At a time when attracting and keeping good team members is essential, let us help you achieve this goal.

How do Group Schemes work?

With a Group Scheme in place, you simply cover the membership and registration fees of your food science and technology people and in return we offer:

  • Reduced membership fees – price on application
  • No upgrade fee in year one
  • One annual invoice
  • Dedicated account manager 

As a Group Scheme business, your organisation will, additionally, benefit from:

  • An optimum-tracked member and register application process
  • Our online continuing professional development scheme (myCPD)
  • An annual review of your professional development scheme
  • One free advertisement per year in one of our online publications
  • Ten free events listing
  • Invitations to the IFST Lecture
  • Our support for a professional development event at your premises
  • A certificate for your organisation’s reception to demonstrate your commitment to developing your team

"We are very pleased to open and extend our membership through offering group schemes. These are open to all to encourage engagement with a far wider audience and increase the number and depth of close relationships with organisations in the sector.  This includes stronger links with companies and academic institutions”

Tim McLachlan, IFST Chief Executive

Group schemes can start from relatively small beginnings. If you can think of ten potential IFST members in your organisation – contact Delia Mertoiu (Senior Corporate Relationships Manager) to learn how we can support your organisation and your team.

We are proud to be working with the following companies:

2 Sisters Food Group

Quorn Foods

Barfoots of Botley

Beacon Consultancy 


Food Centre Wales

Food Standards Agency

Food Standards Agency (Northern Ireland)


Innocent Drinks

Leatherhead Food Research


Marks & Spencer


Salsa Technologies

Morning Foods

NSF International

Premier Foods

Pret a Manger



Sensory Dimensions

Taste Connection

ALS global


Nutraceuticals Europe




The Global Food Safety Initiative

Food Standard Scotland

ZERO2FIVE Food Industry Centre

Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Reading Scientific Services

CFC Underwriting 

Food Alert

Westfalia Fruits Coleg Llandrillo
Campden BRI Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA)
Raynor Foods 

College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE)

Halal Food Authority

The Culinary Food Group

Dalziel Dunbia
Foods Connected Bart Ingredients


IFST Independence

Organisations offering group schemes, benefit from additional activities and engagement with IFST. There is a published set of benefits available to all group scheme organisations who are invited to interact with IFST at various points throughout the year.

Group scheme membership brochure V2.pdf