The Global Standard for Food Safety was first developed in 1998 by the food service industry to enable their suppliers to be audited by third party Certification Bodies against a single consistent standard, reducing duplication of effort and enabling the food service industry to focus activities on areas of competitive advantage. Built on the principles of clear risk based requirements, informative report format and auditor competence, the
Standard has continued to develop and evolve with input from a wider base of international stakeholders including retailers, caterers, food manufacturers and Certification Bodies.
The Standard is closely managed by the BRC who license the use of the Standard to BRC Certification Bodies who must be both accredited by their national Accreditation Body and abide by strict BRC requirements for auditor competency, reporting and performance.
In a short space of time, this Standard became invaluable to other organisations across the sector. It was and still is regarded as the benchmark for best practice in the food industry. This and its use outside the UK has seen it evolve into a Global Standard used not just to assess retailer suppliers, but as a framework upon which many companies have based their supplier assessment programmes and manufacture of some branded products.
The majority of UK, and many European and Global retailers, and brand owners will only consider business with suppliers who have gained BRC certification to the appropriate BRC Global Standard.
Reason To Choose BRC Certification
Developed by retailers and driven by retailers, BRC Global Standards are a market leading global brand that helps build confidence in the food safety industry. Rigorous and detailed, yet easy to follow and understand, BRC Global Standards are tried and trusted by leading global retailers to deliver effective supply chain management, legal compliance and value for money. BRC Global Standards are widely recognized throughout the world, with over 12,000 certificated suppliers in 90 countries through a network of over 80 Accredited and BRC recognized Certification Bodies. The Global Standard for Food Safety-Issue 5 is the world’s most widely recognized BRC Global Standard and forms part of a suite of product safety standards that cover Packaging & Packaging Materials, Consumer Products, Product Recall and Storage & Distribution enabling certification of the supply chain.
Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety was the first Standard in the world to be approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GSFI) benchmarking committee. An established, highly experienced BRC Technical Services Team with many years experience in the product safety industry provides support and leadership at the highest level. An expanding customer support function based at the BRC’s London headquarters provides rapid assistance with technical questions.
3. COLLABORATION AND CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
Expert International Technical Committees are fully engaged to ensure the ongoing development of the Standards through a process of collaboration and continuous improvement. The BRC is currently developing a web-based, fully interactive database of information about BRC certificated suppliers. The Global Standards Directory will offer immediate access to audit reports, audit data, management reporting and notification of remedial actions. The Global Standards Directory puts the BRC right at the heart of effective supply chain management.
A global training infrastructure ensures that suppliers are well informed about how to implement the Standard, prepare for their audit and achieve certification. Over 100 BRC Approved Training Providers throughout the world offer BRC accredited training courses in local languages. A highly skilled and multi-lingual Training Team who provide in-house training at your location is cost effective in both time and money, and also very flexible. Tried and tested BRC learning content is combined with the client’s own requirements to deliver tailored and customized training programs. Detailed and standardized audit reports create global consistency in audit reporting. The BRC Food Standard is currently available in ten languages with additional translations being developed to facilitate understanding and consistency throughout the world.
The BRC’s Compliance Team is developing robust performance monitoring assessment tools to help ensure that certification bodies carry out BRC audits to the highest possible standard. An established and transparent complaints procedure helps ensure that all customer referrals are investigated and vigorously followed up.
Rigorous requirements around the competence, qualifications and experience of auditors help ensure that audit standards are stringently maintained.
6. COST EFFECTIVE
The BRC’s straight forward certification process ensures that there are no hidden costs or added costly hurdles for sites wanting certification. For sites that are properly prepared and confident in their safety management systems the only cost is that of the audit.
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