BRCGS Global Standard for Storage and Distribution (Issue 3)

The BRCGS Global Standard for Storage and Distribution covers all of the activities that can affect the safety, quality, and legality of food, packaging and consumer products during storage and distribution processes. This includes activities provided by contracted storage and distribution services.

The structure of this standard allows an organization to meet core risk-based requirements with the option to add on modules that address your specific business activities. There are eight core requirements for this standard:

  • senior management commitment
  • hazard and risk analysis
  • quality management system
  • site and building standards
  • vehicle operating standards
  • facility management
  • good operating practices
  • personnel

Voluntary modules such as product inspection, contract packing and quality control inspection may be added for a range of wholesale activities and contracted services.

Why choose the BRCGS food storage and distribution standard?

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

Who should use BRCGS storage and distribution standard?

The standard was created to support the needs of service providers for the storage and distribution of food and consumer goods. This includes organizations that:

  • Warehouse packaged or specified bulk and loose foods and consumer goods
  • Distribute and transport packaged or specified bulk and loose foods, and consumer goods
  • Any combination of the two types businesses that fall within the scope of the standard

The BRCGS 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 industry best practice food safety certification. 

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

Developed by industry experts, the standard incorporates quality management systems and internationally accepted best practices to ensure the safety and quality of products during storage and distribution. It also features multiple optional modules to support flexibility for your business. 

Cost effective
Widely accepted certification reduces the need and expense of duplicate audits. Audits are completed by local BRCGS 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 BRCGS Global Standard for Storage and Distribution 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?

Why BSI?

The food industry impacts every person on the planet. Though what the world’s population may eat may differ depending on the geography, wealth, age, gender and availability of goods, no other sector plays such a vital role in all of our day-today lives and culture. Economically, food represents 10% of global GDP (valued at US$48 trillion by the World Bank).

But the food sector also faces significant challenges. Each year, food-borne illness makes one in ten people ill and is the cause of death for millions around the world. Population growth projections and an increasing middle class suggest that the demand for food will increase 70% by 2050. And, consumers are increasingly conscious about what goes into their food, how it’s made, its impact on ecosystems and where it comes from.

BSI believes the world deserves food that is safe, sustainable and socially responsible. We support the food sector by developing and publishing standards of best practice, supply chain solutions as well as training and certification to not only the most popular food safety standards, but other business improvement standards that work together to make organizations more resilient.

Working in 193 countries, we pride ourselves on the expertise, integrity and professionalism of our people. Our mission is to help our 84,000 clients, ranging from high-profile global brands to small local companies, survive and prosper in today’s world.