BRC – British Global Standard
British Retail Consortium - BRC Global Standard.
n 1998 the British Retail Consortium (BRC), responding to industry needs, developed and introduced the BRC Food Technical Standard to be used to evaluate manufacturers of retailers own brand food products. It is designed to assist retailers and brand owners produce food products of consistent safety and quality and assist with their ‘due diligence’ defence, should they be subject to a prosecution by the enforcement authorities. Under EU food Law, retailers and brand owners have a legal responsibility for their brands.
6 REASONS 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 recognised throughout the world, with over 14,000 certificated suppliers in over 100 countries through a network of over 90 Accredited and BRC recognised Certification Bodies. The Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 5 is the world’s most widely recognised BRC Global Standard and forms part of a suite of product safety standards that cover Consumer Products, Packaging & Packaging Materials, 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. Click here to contact the BRC for assistance.
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 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.
Implementing a Environmental Management System
Purchase the Standard
Before you can begin preparing for your application, you will require a copy of the standard. You should read this and make yourself familiar with it.
Review support literature and software
There are a wide range of quality publications and software tools designed to help you understand, implement and become registered to a quality management system.
Assemble a team and agree on your strategy
You should begin the entire implementation process by preparing your organizational strategy with top management. Responsibility for a QMS lies with Senior Management, therefore it is vital that Senior Management is involved from the beginning of the process.
Whether you are the Quality Manager seeking to implement a quality management system or a Senior Manager who would like to increase your general awareness of ISO 14971, Risk Management etc there are a range of workshops, seminars and training courses available.
Review Consultancy Options
The consultancy is the 3rd party like NUCLEUS, You can receive advice from independent consultants on how best to implement your quality management system. They will have the experience in implementing a QMS and can ensure you avoid costly mistakes.
Choose a register
The registrar is the 3rd party, like (Check with International Accreditation Forum for the accredited certification body) who come and assess the effectiveness of your quality management system, and issue a certificate if it meets the requirements of the standard. Choosing a registrar can be a complex issue as there are so many operating in the market. Factors to consider include industry experience, geographic coverage, price and service level offered. The key is to find the registrar who can best meet your requirements. A great place to start is by contacting us.
Develop a Quality manual
A Quality manual is a high level document that outlines your intention to operate in a quality manner. It outlines why you are in business, what your intentions are, how you are applying the standard and how your business operates.
Develop support documentation
This is typically a procedures manual that supports the Quality manual. Quite simply, it outlines what you do to complete a task. It describes who does what, in what order and to what standard.
Implement your Quality Management System
The key to implementation is communication and training. During the implementation phase everyone operates to the procedures and collects records that demonstrate you are doing what you say you are doing.
Consider a pre-assessment
A pre-assessment by your registrar normally takes place about 6 weeks into the implementation of the quality system. The purpose of the pre-assessment is to identify areas where you may not be operating to the standard. This allows you to correct any areas of concern you may have before the initial assessment.
You should arrange your initial assessment with your registrar. At this point the registrar will review your QMS and determine whether you should be recommended for registration.
Once you have received registration and been awarded your certificate, you can begin to advertise your success and promote your business. To maintain your registration, all you need to do is continue to use your quality system. This will be periodically checked by your registrar to ensure that your Quality System continues to meet the requirements of the standard.
Registration to ISO 9000 takes place when an accredited 3rd party visits an organization, assesses the management system and issues a certificate to show that the organization abides by to the principles set out in ISO 9001:2015.
Your Quality Management Systems certificate is a sign of acceptability which saves you having to prove your quality standards to discriminating customers. ISO 9000 speaks an international language.
Why do I need registration?
Gaining registration to ISO 9000 through various certification bodies will help your organization flourish. Whether you are looking to operate internationally or to expand locally to accommodate new business, ISO 9000 will help you demonstrate to customers that you have a commitment to quality.
The regular assessment process will ensure you continually use, monitor and improve your processes.
Registration can improve overall performance, remove uncertainty and widen market opportunities.