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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.


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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.

Key features:

• 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 for customers

• Clearer guidelines on auditing multi-site distribution companies

• Audit frequencies and processes for corrective action review based on performance


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 and textiles.

Key features:

• A how to get started section that covers everything you need to know to achieve BRC certification

• 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

HACCP BRC ISO 22000 FSSC 22000 ISO 9001 ISO 29001 ISO 10002 ISO 14001 OHSAS 18001 ISO 17025 GMP Sustainability Report
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