BRCGS Global Standards
For operational sites where physical audits can’t take place and not conducting an audit will lead to a certificate expiring, with approval from BSI scheme management, the site’s certificate will be extended for six months. Extensions will be approved by BSI’s BRCGS programme manager and based on documented eight-hour risk assessments which will cover:
- Certification history
- The site’s COVID-19 emergency response plan
- Internal audits
- Significant changes
- Customer complaints, recalls and withdrawals
- Management meetings
Non-conformities can still be raised and shall be actioned by the site as per the standard BRCGS close-out timeframe.
Once the site becomes accessible, the full onsite audit will need to take place as normal
BRCGS Packaging: If your site is certified to Issue 5, the risk assessment will be conducted against Issue 5. When travel restrictions are lifted, a full on-site Issue 6 audit must be conducted as soon as possible.
BRCGS Gluten Free: If your site uses a third-party programme that allows remote audits to underpin the GFCP, the third-party’s remote audit principle can be used.
Unannounced audits: All unannounced audits are suspended and will occur as announced audits.
New or transfer clients: BSI can’t accept new or transferring clients without a physical site visit. Therefore, clients in the process of transferring must return to their original certification body.