BRC Food Safety Standard - Key Changes
From Issue 7 to Issue 8
Issue 7 of the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety will become redundant in February 2019, when the more robust, version 8 takes over.
There are several changes, additions and amendments between issue 7 and issue 8 of the BRC Global Food Safety Standard, including the integration of pet food, new environmental monitoring clauses and a heightened focus on food safety culture and top management commitment. But what does this mean?
To support with the transition, BSI are hosting two free events in May and June, with industry experts offering guidance and support on a range of topics linked to the new standard.
Below are just a couple of items on the agenda. I'm speaking on 12th June in Milton Keynes, where my colleague BRC Auditor Kate Adams will also join me to shed light on Issue 8 of the BRC Standard. It's free to attend so it would be great to see you there. If you can't make that session Kate will be heading up a similar session in Edinburgh on 24th May for the northern crowd.
Emphasis on Management Commitment to Food Safety Culture
Issue 8 places clear obligations upon the auditee to develop a vertical food safety culture. This must engage senior management at the top to create and implement a strategic plan that permits review and continual improvement, as well as encouraging employee communication and ownership from the bottom up. Those organizations likely to do well at audit will have worked closely with and consulted HR, Procurement and IT during preparation and implementation, ensuring that they too contribute to the audit process.
New Cyber Security Clauses
The addition of cyber security clauses into the BRC Food Safety Standard takes the standard from a food safety management system, into a food business management scheme. The recognition that information security is just as important as physical security in a modern day food business, lines up with recent developments such as GDPR, and the fact that the number one concern for any business in 2018 is the threat of cyber attack. This slots into the food standard well, aligning with HACCP, TACCP and VACCP. There is a continuous theme and synergy with new clauses around product security and defense, which help to make the BRC Food Safety Standard's 8th iteration more globally applicable, especially where FSMA regulation is concerned.
For details on speakers and the full agenda please follow the links below or to speak with a member of our team please call +44 345 080 9000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BRC Food Safety Standard Transition Event – May 24, Edinburgh
BRC Food Safety Standard Transition Event – June 12, Milton Keynes
Author: Erica Armstrong
EMEA Sector Propositions Manager - Food