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BRC Global Standard – Food, Developed by the British Retail Consortium (BRC), a UK
trade organization that represents the interests of UK retailers.
This standard is particularly suitable for companies supplying food products to UK
retailers, regardless of the product or country of origin. In most cases certification
to this standard is a pre-condition for supplying to UK retailers.
The principal requirements of the standard are the adoption and implementation of
a HACCP system, a documented and effective quality management system and a control
of factory environmental standards, products, processes and personnel.
BRC/IoP Global Standard - Packaging, Developed by the British Retail Consortium (BRC),
a UK trade organization that represents the interests of UK retailers, in association
with the Institute of Packaging.
The BRC/IoP Global Packaging Standard is particularly suitable for suppliers of packaging
materials to food manufacturers who supply UK retailers.
BRC implementation improves / leads to
Conformance to Legal and Regulatory Requirements
Provide recognition throughout the supply chain as single standard approach to Food
Compliance with the Codex HACCP principles.
Access to new markets through inclusion in the database of certified suppliers.
Increase profits by aligning your products to retailer/consumer requirements.
Improves the SAFETY and QUALITY of your product
Demonstrates sustainable production and manufacturing best practices
The ability to reduce the number and frequency of inconsistent and costly audits.
Systematic management of prerequisite programs.
Hazard analysis to evaluate threats to food safety.
Dynamic communication on food safety issues with suppliers, customers, regulators
and other interested parties.
A systematic and proactive approach to identification of food safety hazards and
development and Implementation of control measures.
Customer Confidence, Satisfaction and TRUST
clear responsibilities and authorities agreed for all staff
improved use of time and resources
greater CONSISTENCY and TRACEABILITY of products and services
Level of Assurance in Organisational QUALITY
Ability to Differentiate Organization for Competitive Advantage
Organisational Credibility & Reputation.
BRC STORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION
Originally introduced in 2006 the Global Standard for Storage and Distribution provides
the essential certification link between the range of BRC manufacturing Standards
and the end user, the retailer/food service company.
The Standard is designed to ensure best practice in handling storage and distribution
of products and promotes continuous improvement in operating practices.
This Standard includes the audit requirements, scheme rules and background to the
Standard and provides the basis for an accredited certification of sites storing
and/or distributing food, packaging and consumer products. It also enables certification
where in addition, sites wholesale product or carry out a range of contracted services.
• New layout with Storage and Distribution modules combined to form a core module
in 8 logical chapters- reducing the complexity and duplication in Issue 1
• Risk based approach to compliance when applying the Standard to handling consumer
products and packaging
• Greater clarity on expectations for product handling and vehicle operations
• New section on management commitment – clearly recognising the importance of this
in achieving certification
• Additional contracted services – recognising the increased range of services nowprovided
• Clearer guidelines on auditing multi-site distribution companies
• Audit frequencies and processes for corrective action review based on performance
BRC CONSUMER PRODUCTS
The Standard sets out the requirements for the production and supply of safe and
legal consumer products of consistent quality. The products may be retailer-branded
(private label) or branded, or be unbranded products.
The scope of Consumer Products, Issue 3 covers a wide range of non-food products
in the global marketplace; including formulated products such as shampoos, paints
and cosmetics, fabricated items like televisions and toys, electrical goods, furniture
• A how to get started section that covers everything you need to know to achieve
• Improved categorisation of products into three risk groups
• A new grading system for certificated sites
• Revised frequency of audits
• Inclusion of 'Fundamentals' for the most important issues
• Enhancement of the section on product conformity measures
• Information to help with gaining certification
• Improved layout - product groups shaded differently for clarity
• In partnership with RILA (Retail Industry Leaders Association) Washington USA