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What is BRC Certification

For businesses that store and/or distribute food, consumer goods, and packaging materials, there is the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution.

With the use of well thought out risk-based product safety management systems, this Standard is intended to encourage best practises and allow a process of continuous improvement. The Standard aims to guarantee that products' quality and safety are upheld during storage and distribution. Buyers and customers can be assured that a supplier has adhered to strict international benchmarks in best practise, risk assessment, and quality system by looking for certification to this Standard.

A multi-stakeholder committee, including retailers, food service businesses, industry trade organisations, independent experts, and certification bodies, developed Issue 3 of this Standard, which expands on the knowledge gained from Issue 2.

What are the advantages of BRC certification 

The following advantages of certification to the Standard are listed by the BRC in the Introduction to the Standard:

It is a widely accepted Standard that offers a report and certification that buyers can accept in place of their own second-party audits, saving time and money by avoiding the need for many, second-party audits.

The extensive scope provides a benchmark to best practise in the storage and distribution industries and covers aspects of quality, hygiene, and product safety.

When efficiently implemented, it can lower waste and damage, which lowers cost.

Certification results in increased reputation and recognition.

Sites that have been certified may be listed in the BRC directory, providing for acknowledgement of their accomplishment and the use of the BRC logo in marketing materials.

The certification process takes into account the buyer's and the certificated company's due diligence needs.

Continuous monitoring and remedial actions taken after an audit serve to enable the establishment of a quality, hygienic, and product safety system that is capable of self-improvement.

What is the BRC directory of corrective actions and certification bodies, and what does it have to do with product safety?

The BRC Directory of Corrective Actions and Certification Bodies is a database maintained by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) that lists all of the corrective actions identified during BRC audits, as well as the certification bodies that are accredited to carry out BRC audits.

BRC audits are used to assess a company's compliance with the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety, which is a widely recognized food safety certification scheme used by many retailers and food service companies around the world. The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety sets out requirements for food safety management systems, including hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) systems, as well as requirements for site standards, product control, and management commitment.

The BRC Directory of Corrective Actions and Certification Bodies is important for product safety because it allows retailers and other stakeholders in the supply chain to access information about the corrective actions that have been taken in response to non-conformances identified during BRC audits. This information can help to identify potential risks and prevent issues with product safety, as well as promoting continuous improvement in food safety management systems.

The certification bodies listed in the BRC Directory are accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) to carry out BRC audits, which means they have demonstrated their competence to conduct audits in accordance with the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety. By using a certification body accredited by UKAS, companies can have confidence that their BRC audit has been carried out by a competent and impartial organization, which helps to maintain the integrity of the certification scheme and the safety of the products being certified.

What exactly are consumer goods as per BRC Global Standard

The BRC Global Standard for Consumer Products defines consumer goods as any products intended for sale to the general public for their own use or consumption. This includes a wide range of products such as food, beverages, personal care products, household cleaning products, and many others.

The BRC Global Standard sets out specific requirements for the manufacture and supply of consumer goods, with the aim of ensuring that they are safe, legal, and of a consistent quality. This includes requirements for product safety and quality management systems, as well as requirements for product testing and traceability.

The standard also covers areas such as packaging and labeling, storage and distribution, and the management of product recalls and withdrawals. By complying with the BRC Global Standard, manufacturers and suppliers of consumer goods can demonstrate their commitment to producing safe, high-quality products that meet the expectations of consumers and regulatory authorities.

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