Under the auspices of the British Retail Consortium (BRC), many of the UK’s major retailers joined forces and combined the basic principles of their own individual schemes to develop the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety, first published in 1998. It was developed to assist retailers in fulfilling legal obligations and to ensure the highest level of customer protection.
Over half of all foods sold in the UK are retailer own branded products. Under the Food Safety Act 1990, these retailers must be able to demonstrate ‘due diligence’ and ensure food products are produced safely for the consumer.
The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety 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.
LRQA is now assessing against Version 6 of the BRC Food Standard which contains expanded section on foreign body control, hygiene and housekeeping, and allergens from the previous Version of the Standard. The next revision is expected in 2015 and updated together with transition information will be posted on this site in due course.
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 recognised 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?
- LRQA has been at the forefront of standards development and involved in Food Safety assessment and certification for years.
Proven track record
- We have high-profile in the food, retails, packaging, storage and distribution sectors.
Food safety 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 the European standard EN 45011 from UKAS for all four BRC Standards.