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BRC Certification

Every organisation in the food chain process requires certification related to specific standards of global quality. The BRC certification is a UK certification for global standards and quality of food. Every organisation processing food in the UK requires complying with this certification.

Package inclusions:
  • Providing Initial Audit Plan
  • Overview of The Audit Process
  • Conducting an On-Site Audit
  • Providing Audit Results
  • Conducting Annual Reviews as Part of Compliance
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BRC Certification Services

The BRC Global Standard Food Safety started in the UK to help the food industry in meeting the legislative requirements of the EU General Product Safety Directive and the UK Food Safety Act. The standard has also got global recognition with over 20,000 certified sites around the world from that time. This standard is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized certification program.

The British Retail Consortium or BRC is a trade association introduced by the UK food retail industry launched in 1992. The BRC has proposed standards for best practices made for the food and manufacturing industries for the last two decades. It also establishes the On-Pack recycling standards for the UK.

The BRC Global Food Standard is in existence since the year 1998. In 2000 GFSI organization introduced the first food safety standard. According to this, the rule must meet their benchmark criteria for acceptance. This standard has been designed as a "total quality management" program and includes the food safety requirements that the food manufacturers must meet to get BRC Certification.

Currently, there are four BRC standards in use:

  • BRC Global Standards for  Food Safety Issue eight.
  • BRC Global Standards for Consumer Products Issue four.
  • BRC Global Standards for Packaging and Packaging Material Issue 6.
  • BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution Issue 3.

What is the Requirement for BRC Certification?

For the purpose of BRC Certification, the following requirements must be fulfilled:

requirements must be fulfilled for BRC Certification

What are the Standards Available for BRC Certification?

The following standards are available for BRC Certification:

  • BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 7

It was first published in 1998. The BRC Global Standard for the purpose of Food Safety is the first benchmarked standard and is also one of the leading food safety certification standards for BRC Certification.

  • BRC Global Standards for Packaging Materials Issue Five

 First packaging standard in the world is the BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials. It is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarking committee.

  • BRC Global Standards for Storage and Distribution Issue 3

The BRC Global Standard for Storage, as well as Distribution, is also one of the GFSI  benchmark standards. The latest edition, Issue 3 was introduced in August 2016. 

  • BRC Global Standard for Agents and Brokers

In both the food and packaging industries, the BRC Global Standard for the Agents and Brokers provides a framework for managing product safety and its quality and legality for the agent and broker businesses in the food and packaging industries.

  • Consumer products

The Consumer Products Standards Issue 4 was first published in 2016. Again, it was revised to recognize the diversity of products included within the Consumer Products by producing two separate standards.

a) For General Merchandise- Global Standard for Consumer Products

b) For Purpose of Personal Care and Household-Global Standard for Consumer Products

All of the given standards can get BRC Certification at either Foundation level or a higher level.

  • Retail

The BRC Global Standard for Retail got published in 2016. It provides BRC certification for organizations that deal with retail food products.

BRC Certification Food Safety Issue 8 Certification

Enterslice is the best expert for BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8 certification in India. The BRC Food Issue 8 Certification incorporates bit by bit execution of the sanitation framework inside the food associations, sanitation preparing for mindfulness just as reviewing and getting ready documentation for BRC Food Issue 8 confirmation. The BRC Food Issue 8 Certificate is given by internationally perceived Certifying Body, which is licensed to provide a declaration under the BRC Global norm for sanitation issue 8. The BRC Food Issue 8 authentications are given for the time of 3 years after the useful culmination of pre-appraisal and enlistment (last) evaluation. Observation reviews are led by the Certifying Body within 3 years, at the time frames months, nine months, or a year relying on the nature and size of the association. Endless supply of 3 years, reestablishment review is accomplished for a new multiyear-cycle.

For BRC Food Issue 8 certification and different nourishments wellbeing standard confirmation. In Enterslice, we have a group of experienced BRC Food Issue 8 Consultants who have actualized the sanitation framework for customers across India.

Steps of BRC Certification Food Issue 8 in Enterslice

The following steps of BRC Certification Food Issue 8 adapted in Enteslice:

  • Purchasing of the original standard copy.
  • Ground-level survey of the ongoing system.
  • Ensure to carry out HACCP analysis and prepare the HACCP plan.
  • Prepare the BRC Food Issue 8 documents (Manual, Procedure, templates).
  • Conduct awareness program (top + middle + bottom level).
  • Define policy and establish objectives.
  • Implementation and training of all the personnel in the use of procedures and formats.
  • Provide training to employees related to food safety hazards identification evaluation and control.
  • Self-assessment of the food safety system.
  • Train internal auditors.
  • Assess the system through the first internal audit.
  • Take corrective actions for non-conformities.
  • Apply for certification.
  • Assess the system through the second round of internal audits.
  • Avail pre-certification audit of certifying body. (Optional).
  • Take action on suggestions given by them.
  • Final audit by the certifying body.
  • Submit the corrective actions to certifying body within 28 calendar days.
  • Get the certification within 42 calendar days.
  • Get BRC certified with achieved grade and get the name listed on the BRC directory.

Benefits of the BRC Certification for Food Organizations in India

The following are the benefits of the BRC Certification for food organization in India:

  • International recognition.
  • Accepted by all the retail customers.
  • Scheme approved by GFSI.
  • A systematic approach to meet the requirement for food safety.
  • Improving the safety and quality of the product.
  • Conformance with all the legal and regulatory requirements.
  • The ability to reduce the customer and third-party audit.
  • Systematic management of GMP requirements (prerequisite programs).
  • Can help in identifying the process improvements and reduced customer complaints.
  • Provides evidence of due diligence and also reduces the likelihood of product recall and adverse publicity.

Criteria for BRC Food and BRC Packaging Standards in BRC Certification

BRC global standard is written in plain English, so it is easy to understand for implementation by the client.  The requirements listed below need to be applied to get the certificate of BRC food safety (Issue 8) and BRC IoP (Issue 6) standard for the packaging companies. In each of the below-listed requirements, there are many sub-requirements.

  • Senior management commitment.
  • The food safety plan – HACCP.
  • Food Safety and Quality management system.
  • Site standards.
  • Product and process control.
  • Personnel and training.

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Frequently Asked Questions

BRC Global Standard for Food Safety is said to be a product and process certification standard which is known for compliance with the best practices in the industry. BRC certification is internationally recognized mark of food safety as well as food quality. The certification is received by the help of a third-party audit against the Standard requirements by any accredited certification body. BRC rates certification bodies on their technical performance and efficiency in customer service. Both Food Chain ID Certification in the UK and America are highly-rated CBS providing accredited BRC certification globally.

In recent times, food recalls have increased, sparking greater consumer awareness about the safety of foods that they eat and causing the retailers and foodservice providers to implement assurance measures to protect the firm and brand against a recall. As a result, the many UK, North American, and European retailers mandate that their suppliers provide such assurance by achieving GFSI-recognised certification.

Since it is a GFSI-recognized certification program, BRC certification offers:

• It is internationally recognized, accredited food safety and quality certification.

• Food safety assurance.

• Reduced supply chain audits.

• A system that supports legal compliance.

BRC Food Safety Certification is beneficial for:

• The Finished Food Manufacturers can be branded and unbranded products.

• The raw material, as well as the ingredient suppliers.

• Primary product packers (e.g., fruit & vegetables).

The standard is HACCP-based food quality and safety management system that is based on requirements specified in the Requirement Documents of GFSI. Requirements are all risk-based to fit the individual operations and also provide important assurance. The BRC Food Safety Standard Issue 8 was first published in August 2018, with the audits commencing from February of 2019.

The main area of attention for this issue is:

• Encouraging development of product safety culture.

• Expanding all the requirements for environmental monitoring for reflecting the increasing importance of this method.

• Encouraging insites to further develop systems for security and food defense.

• Adding clarification on the requirements for high-risk, high-care, and also high-care production risk zones.

• Provides greater clarity for sites manufacturing pet food.

• Ensuring global applicability and benchmarking to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

BRC Participate is a convenient and easy way to access all the content that is produced by the BRC Global Standards. BRC Participate is a well managed, subscription-based, online service that subscribers can access to view content, download PDFs of the BRC and access Interpretation Guidelines and supporting publications online, selecting your language of choice where translations are available.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is a trade association for the UK food retail industry created in 1992. The BRC has published standards for best practices for the food and manufacturing industries for two decades and also publishes the On-Pack recycling standards for the UK.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is a trade association for the UK food retail industry created in 1992. The BRC has published standards for best practices for the food and manufacturing industries for two decades and also publishes the On-Pack recycling standards for the UK.

The BRC standard has a focus on quality, food safety, and legality. The FSSC 22000 targets its focus on food safety and legal compliance. The SQF code has two levels of requirements: Level 2 focuses on food safety and Level 3 on food safety and quality.

BRC Global Standard for Food Safety is basically a product and process certification standard, which is known for compliance within the industry. BRC certification is also an internationally recognized mark of food safety and quality.

‘AA’ grade certification, the highest possible score, at the last programmed audit.

The BRCGS site code is a six or 7-digit number unique to each audited site. Site codes are location specific and created for the site's initial audit by the auditing certification body. All BRCGS audit reports and certificates detail the relevant site code.

International Featured Standard (IFS) Food is a GFSI-recognised standard for certifying the safety and quality of food products and production processes. The standardized IFS Food evaluation system reduces the need for repeat audits, which saves you time and money.

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