BRCGS Global Standard for Storage and Distribution (Issue 4)

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


The following voluntary modules may be added for a range of wholesale activities and contracted services.

  • Wholesale Module
  • Cross-Docking
  • E-commerce
  • Contracted Services
  • Product Inspection
  • Contract Packing
  • Inspection
  • Contract Operations
  • Contact Containers
  • Waste Management

Why choose the BRCGS food storage and distribution standard?

Many retailers, major manufacturers and food service companies around the world support the use of the BRCGS Global Standard for Storage and Distribution, and accept it as part of their supplier approval process.

The BRCGS Storage and Distribution Certification Standard is:

  • Globally recognized and GFSI benchmarked
  • Recognized by retailers around the world, reducing the burden of multiple audits
  • Aimed at reducing product recalls, complaints and rejected products
  • Set to increase customer confidence, opening new market opportunities
  • Based on clearly defined risk-based requirements

What is the scope of a BRCGS Storage and Distribution Audit and what are the requirements to achieve BRC Certification?

The BRCGS Storage and Distribution standard is specifically designed for logistics operations dealing with food, beverage, packaging, and/ or consumer products.

The scope of the BRCGS Storage and Distribution issue 4 audit can be extended with AVM’s (additional voluntary modules) to include: 

  • Product Inspection
  • Contract Packing
  • Quantity Control Checks
  • Waste Recovery
  • Recycling