BRC Global Standard for Food Safety

The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety – first published in 1998 and now in its 7th issue. The standard is for food manufacturers and contains requirements for a HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point) system in accordance with the requirements of Codex Alimentarius, a documented quality management system and control of the factory environment standards, products, process and personnel.

The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

In addition to HACCP, the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety 7 focuses on:

  • Management commitment
  • Quality management systems
  • Auditing good manufacturing processes
  • Auditing areas that often have the highest rate of product recalls and withdrawals
  • Developing systems to reduce exposure to food fraud
  • Ensuring consistency of audit processes
  • Promoting greater resilience, transparency and traceability in the supply chain

BRC Food 7 and BRC FSMA Voluntary Module

To support alignment with the US Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the standard has introduced the BRC FSMA Voluntary Module which can be added to a BRC Global Standard for Food Safety audit. The module brides the gap in requirements between FSMA and the BRC Standard.

Benefits of BRC Global Standard for Food Safety

  • Legal requirements – addresses 'due diligence' requirements of both the supplier and the retailer.
  • Competitive edge – Certification to a standard recognized by the GFSI and some of the world's top food retailers.
  • Reduce costs – through continual improvement of processes and resulting in operations efficiencies.
  • Standards integration – can be combined with additional certification such as ISO 9001 and HACCP.

Why choose LRQA for BRC Global Standard for Food Safety?

Experience - We are a market leader in the provision of food safety assessment, certification and training services, and some of the world’s best known organisations choose us for their assessment services.

Proven track record - We have high-profile clients in the storage and distribution, logistics, retail food, and packaging industries.

BRC Specialists - Our assessors are management systems experts qualified in SMS.

What is BRC Global Standard for Food Safety certification? 

Food manufacturers who supply retailers endorsing the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety now have an obligation to bring their systems in line with this standard. 

A key aim of this standard when first developed in 1998 was to provide a single common standard to avoid the confusion and duplication of data which previously existed with the various individual retailer schemes. Additional benefits are that it: 

  • enables suppliers to report on their status to customers recognising the standard 
  • covers all areas of product safety and legality 
  • addresses part of the due diligence requirements of both the supplier and the retailer 
  • requires ongoing surveillance and confirmation of follow up of corrective actions on non-conformity 
  • can be combined with your ISO 9001 and/or HACCP visit. 

The certification visit includes inspection of your HACCP and management systems, in addition to a Factory Environmental Inspection. The visit includes preparation of the Audit Report which will be sent to you following approval. In agreement with you, we will also forward to your customers to demonstrate your ability to meet the requirements of the Standard. LRQA can undertake unannounced visits in addition to planned, however organisations supplying ASDA for their own label products should be aware that unannounced visits are not a requirement. 

The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety requires the certification process to be undertaken by third party organisations that are both independent and competent. LRQA holds accreditation to ISO 17065: 2012 from UKAS for all four BRC Standards.