BRC – British Global Standard


British Retail Consortium - BRC Global Standard.

ABOUT THE STANDARDS

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

1. CONFIDENCE

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.


2. CREDIBILITY

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.

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.

4. CONSISTENCY

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.

5. COMPETENCE

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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