Section 3: Basics of an identity-preserved (IP) system
An identity-preserved (IP) system must be designed to provide assurances that the desired qualities or traits are present (or absent) in a product from the seed source, through all steps of production and delivery, to the end user. Usually these assurances will need to be documented in some way from one party to the next in the entire valuechain. Traceability is key to an IP system. An IP system is a strict production and delivery method, which possesses procedures of controlled production, observing, inspecting, sampling, and testing to assure the presence (or absence) of certain identifiable traits.