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.

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BRC Global Standard for Food Safety

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. 

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.

Why choose the BRC food safety standard?

The five main reasons to choose the BRC Food Safety Standard are:

1. Benefits:

  • 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.

2. Achievable

The BRC standard for food safety takes a common sense, risk-based approach, providing companies with a clear path towards achieving certification. Over 17,000 sites in more than 100 different countries have risen to the challenge.

3. 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.

4. Appropriate

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

5. 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.

Why certify with BSI?

BSI believes the world should be supplied safe, quality food and we offer a broad range of Food Safety certification and risk management services.

We're Australia's leading food safety certification provider, with extensive auditing capacity and 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 solutions - providing you and your customers assurance and enabling you to manage risk more effectively.