BRC Food Safety

BRC Certification of your manufacturing facility will provide retailers one of the main tools to help with legal obligations. Our periodic audits and certification audit reports, are a valuable tool in the delivery of food safety and demonstration of supplier competence.

BRC Global Standard for Food Safety (BRC) was developed by UK retailers and suppliers in the late 1990’s in response to concerns by suppliers regarding multiple audits and differing food safety management standards. BRC is used worldwide and BSI is a recognized and accredited body, that actively delivers audits in Australia, including assessment of Coles house-brand products, Asia, USA (including Wal-Mart house-brand products) and UK.

The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety 

Issue 8 of the standard has been published. However, while the BRC works to ensure trainers and auditors have the skillset to work to the new standard, BSI will continue to audit against Issue 7. Issue 8 audits are expected to begin in February 2019.

The BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution

BSI offers BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution certification, which complements the suite of BRC Global Standards covering the production of food, packaging and consumer products.

This Standard allows the chain of product certification to be completed, from primary processor to manufacturer, and from manufacturer to retailer (or food service company in the case of food).

BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8 is now available

The requirements of the new 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 Issue 8 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

Our ‘Little book of  Big Changes’ provides a high-level overview of the differences between versions 7 and 8 of the standard so you can start preparing for Issue 8 audits that will start in February 2019.