A BRC Food Safety Audit can be conducted as either announced or unannounced.
Announced BRC Food Safety Audits are graded A-D, and U (uncertified). If a U is attained, re-audit is required before certification can be awarded. Grades A-D are awarded on the basis of the number and severity of corrective actions identified in the BRC Food Safety audit.
Food Manufacturers and Suppliers can achieve a higher BRC audit grade of AA+ in an unannounced BRC Food Safety Audit. All audit grades (other than U) attained via an unannounced audit will gain a ‘+’ to the letter of the audit grade. Some companies prefer their suppliers to comply to unannounced audits, and others (including retailers) mandate unannounced audits as a requirement for their suppliers.