BRC Global Standard for Food Safety (Issue 7)

Now in use around the world, BRC Global Standard for Food Safety was developed by UK retailers and suppliers in the late 1990’s to consolidate a wide variety of food management standards to make compliance easier for food businesses large and small.

Published in January 2015, the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety – Issue 7, specifies the food safety, quality and operational criteria required to be in place within a food manufacturing organisation to fulfil legal compliance and the protection of the consumer. 

Why choose the BRC food safety standard?


  • Globally recognized and GFSI benchmarked
  • Recognized by retailers around the world, reducing the burden of multiple audits
  • Reduced product recalls, complaints and rejected products
  • Increases customer confidence, opening new market opportunities
  • Clearly defined risk-based requirements

It also includes the Global Markets programme, providing opportunities to encourage and recognize the development of food safety systems in small sites where the full requirements of the standard may add less value.

The BRC standard for food safety takes a common sense, risk-based approach, providing companies with a clear path towards achieving certification. Over 25,000 sites in more than 130 different countries have risen to the challenge.

Supported by customers
Many retailers, food service companies and major food manufacturers around the world support the use of the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety and accept it as part of their supplier approval process.

The Standard is HACCP-based and incorporates food safety management systems and internationally accepted best manufacturing practices to ensure product safety and quality.


Cost effective
Widely accepted certification reduces the need 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.