BRC Global Standard for Food Safety

Now in use around the world, the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety was developed by UK retailers and suppliers to consolidate a wide variety of food management standards to provide clear guidance and promote compliance for food businesses both large and small. Covering the basic activities that any organization would have in place for food production, this standard is built on seven key requirements including:

  • senior management commitment
  • HACCP
  • food safety and quality management system
  • site standards
  • product control
  • process control
  • personnel   

The current BRC Global Standard for Food Safety – Issue 7, provides comprehensive, risk-based criteria addressing current and emerging global food safety issues. It addresses topics such as food fraud and allergen management through to labelling and packing controls to help prevent incorrect labelling (one of the leading causes of food recalls). Fundamental requirements and intent for food safety are supported by prescriptive requirements where necessary to demonstrate due diligence.  

There are also voluntary modules you can elect to include for specific industry sectors or concerns including; Association of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS) module for Gluten Free Foods, Traded Goods, Management of Food Materials for Animal Feed, Meat Supply Chain Assurance and FSMA Preventative Controls Preparedness.


Issue 8 is now available

The requirements of the standard are an evolution from previous issues with a continued emphasis on management commitment, a Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)-based food safety programme and supporting quality management system.

During the development phase, the focus of attention included:

The focus of attention for this issue has been on:

  • Expansion of the requirements for environmental monitoring to reflect the increasing importance of this technique
  • Encouraging sites to further develop systems for security and food defence
  • Adding clarity to the requirements for high risk, high care and ambient high care production risk zones
  • Providing greater clarity for sites manufacturing pet food
  • Ensuring global applicability and GFSI benchmarking

Why choose the BRC food safety standard?

Benefits:

  • Globally recognized and GFSI benchmarked
  • Reduced audit burden (BRC certification is recognized by many retailers around the world, so a BRC-certified system may meet the needs of many of your customers)
  • Reduced product recalls, complaints and rejected products
  • Increased customer confidence, opening new market opportunities
  • Clearly defined risk-based requirements based on due diligence requirements  

It also includes an optional pre-assessment, providing opportunities to encourage and recognize the development of best practice food safety systems in small sites where the full scope of requirements may not be appropriate.

Achievable
The BRC standard for food safety takes a common sense, risk-based approach, providing organizations with a clear path towards achieving certification. Over 25,000 sites in more than 130 different countries have risen to the challenge of implementing industry best practice food safety certification making this an industry benchmark standard for food safety.

Supported by customers
Many retailers, food service companies and major food manufacturers around the world support the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety as a core food safety standard and accept certification to this standard as a pre-requisite to their supplier approval process.

Appropriate
The standard has been developed by a multi-stakeholder group representing organizations from a wide range of food industry sectors. It’s based on CODEX HACCP and incorporates food safety management systems and internationally accepted best manufacturing practices to ensure product safety and quality. 

Cost effective
Industry recognized and accepted certification reduces the need for and expense of duplicate audits. Audits are completed by local BRC-trained and approved auditors to enable an internationally accepted standard to be audited at local rates.


The journey to certification

Whether you’re more concerned about meeting the requirements of your customers or protecting consumers, certifying to the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety can drive meaningful change in your organization. From information to certification, no matter how far along you are, BSI can support your journey. Want to know more about the requirements of the standard, the steps to certification or how BSI is here to help?  

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Why BSI?

BSI believes the world should be supplied safe, high-quality food. We offer a broad range of food safety certification and risk management services.

We’re a leading food safety and certification provider with extensive auditing capacity and the capability to conduct integrated audits for a wide range of food safety standards across the entire food and beverage supply chain – including GFSI-recognized standards.

Our service solution for food safety includes certification, training, assessment and supply chain software, providing you and your customers assurance and enabling you to manage risk more effectively.