British Retail Consortium (BRC)

What is the BRC global standard - food?

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) created the global food standard to establish a single common standard for the evaluation of companies supplying retailer branded foods. It has been developed to assist retailers in fulfilling legal obligations and to ensure the highest level of client protection. Although developed in the UK, the standard is acknowledged internationally.

The standard is now in its fourth issue and has been extensively revised to reflect revised EU legislation and continuous best practice requirement.

What are the benefits of the BRC global standard - food?

Approval to the BRC global standard - food gives significant benefits to the supplier. It helps to avoid the confusion and disruption that multiple audits can bring and the need to duplicate variations on the same data for different clients.

BRC global standard - food benefits with LRQA Business Assurance

Evaluation process - The BRC standard requires an evaluation process to be undertaken by an independent third party organisation. With over a decade of experience in the food sector, LRQA is well placed to provide a comprehensive service.

Review - The BRC scheme visits involve detailed review of the manufacturing processes for specific products with particular emphasis on product safety and due diligence practices. The visit identifies how effectively the supplier meets the standard's requirements.

Certification - After a successful visit, an LRQA certificate is issued that approves a supplier at one of the three grades A, B or C - as described in the BRC standard.

Combined Assessment - Where appropriate, LRQA can combine BRC standard visits with the organisations ISO 9001 and/or HACCP assessment.