Food Safety Management Systems

BRC Food Safety Issue 8 Lead Auditor Program


In association with BRCGS, TÜV SÜD organises a 5 days course on BRC standard - Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8.0 Lead Auditor program.

This 5-day in-depth course will provide an understanding of the BRC standard in terms of the protocol, requirements and how to audit effectively. Delegates will gain an in-depth guide to the requirements of the standard, and learn how to undertake a BRC Global Standards audit, including effective planning, conducting and reporting of the audit. Auditing techniques will be practiced and developed, to include the auditor competency skills required of GFSI scheme auditors

Successful completion of this course, including the exam, forms part of the training necessary to become a BRC Global Standards auditor. The steps necessary to complete your training must be arranged with a BRC Global Standards-approved certification body.

Before the course you must have read and reviewed a copy of the Standard which is available free of charge from the BRCGS Bookshop.

This program is structured to provide an overall understanding on how to audit an organisation as per BRC Issue 8.0 requirements with the aid of tutor led sessions, interactions and relevant examples.

Duration: 5 - day course
Language: English


By the end of this course, participants will have learnt about BRC Issue 8.0 standard requirements along with an understanding of:

  • The details of the BRC Global Standards scheme.
  • The requirements of the Standard and how compliance can be demonstrated.
  • BRC Global Standards auditing protocol.
  • Effective auditing techniques.
  • Food safety auditor competencies as defined by GFSI.
  • Completing the audit report.
  • Compliance monitoring of certification bodies.
  • The BRC Global Standards Directory.

Course outline:

Issue 8 of the Standard is divided into nine sections:

  1. Senior management commitment - Commitment at a senior level is essential in the development of a good food safety culture and is therefore necessary for any food safety system to be effective and to ensure the full application and continual development of these systems.
  2. The food safety plan - HACCP - Effective hazard and risk analysis enables the company to identify and manage those hazards that may pose a risk to the safety, quality and integrity of their products. The Standard requires the development of an effective hazard analysis and critical control point (HACCP) programme based on the requirements of the internationally recognised Codex Alimentarius system.
  3. Food safety and quality management system - This section ensures the company works to well-documented, systematic management systems that form the basis for the product and process controls necessary to produce safe products, meet customer expectations and ensure staff are trained.
  4. Site standards - This covers the suitability, cleanliness and control of the site and includes topics such as factory conditions, cleaning, equipment, pest control, foreign body controls and food defence/site security.
  5. Product control - Establishing product controls such as allergen management, the prevention of food fraud and product testing are important in the reliable delivery of safe, authentic products.
  6. Process control - These requirements ensure that the documented HACCP plan is put into operation on a daily basis, together with effective procedures to consistently manufacture the product to the correct quality.
  7. Personnel - Training, protective clothing and hygiene practices are covered in this section
  8. High-risk, high-care and ambient high-care production risk zones - A specific section of the Standard dealing with products that are susceptible to potential pathogen contamination and therefore need additional controls to ensure product safety.
  9. Requirements for traded products - A voluntary additional section of the Standard for sites that purchase and sell food products that would normally fall within the scope of the Standard and are stored at the site’s facilities, but which are not manufactured, further processed or packed at the site being audited.


Participants will learn through lectures, case studies, group exercises and discussions.

Exam details: Online exam with Lead Auditor - 50 question exam and passing mark is 75%.

Certification details: BRC would issue participants who passed the exam a certificate of “Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8.0 - Lead Auditor Program”.


This course is specially designed for:

  • Food Safety Management representatives of an organisation.
  • Professionals who have a role to play in the implementation of BRC Issue 8.
  • Certification body auditors or new auditors seeking registration.
  • The organisational representative planning to get certified BRC issue 8.0.
  • Personnel from certification body, consultants, technical and Quality Managers who wish to gain an in-depth understanding of the audit process, consultants regarding Issue 8.0 requirements.


  • Should have knowledge and / or working experience in Food Industry or related industries.
  • Delegates must have a prior working knowledge of quality management systems and auditing within the relevant manufacturing sector.
  • To have completed a HACCP course of at least two days duration.


This course is organised in association with BRCGS (


  • What are the benefits of enrolling in this course?
    • World-class training – by learning from TÜV SÜD’s industry experts and training specialists

    • Interactive learning style – with interactive formats such as lectures, illustrations and simulations are used

    • Networking opportunity – where you can meet and build network with like-minded individuals at our instructor-led training

    • Gain a competitive edge – by getting trained by experts known in the fields of safety, security and sustainability



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