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BRC Food Standards Certification & Auditing

Safety and quality for food producers and suppliers

About the BRC global standards

Originally developed and published in 1998, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standards specify safety, quality and operational criteria for food producers and suppliers. Used worldwide, the standards are recognized by the GFSI, which aims to reduce the need for multiple supplier audits by harmonizing international food safety standards. BRC standards are accepted by many of the world’s largest retail groups, manufacturers and food service organizations - providing an international mark of excellence for the certificate holder.

BRC Global Standards (BRCGS) deliver confidence across the entire supply chain by guaranteeing the standardization of quality, safety and operational principles. By setting the benchmark for excellent manufacturing practice, they provide assurance to customers that products are safe, legal and of high quality.

The safety of food products is one of the top priorities for consumers and governments worldwide. The food supply chain must therefore ensure that products comply with regulations by testing and certifying them appropriately, while also dealing with commercial pressures to control costs and reduce time to market. Consequently, increasing numbers of retailers and food Service providers are mandating that their suppliers are certified against a scheme approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

BENEFITS OF BRC Certification

  • Demonstrate management commitment to food safety
  • Auditing good manufacturing processes – it's not just a paperwork audit.
  • Minimize product recalls – by auditing areas that often have the highest rate of product recalls and withdrawals, such as labeling and packing.
  • Reduce exposure to food fraud – through systems development.
  • Ensuring consistency of the audit process
  • Reduce audit burden – when a BRC Global Standard that is portable enough is provided, allowing Additional Modules to be added.
  • Promote greater resilience, transparency, and traceability – in the supply chain

Our Audit Services

TÜV SÜD is a BRC Global Standards Compliance Auditor for:

  • BRC Global Standard for Food Safety – applies to processed food manufacturing, the preparation of retailer-branded products, branded food products, and food or ingredients for use by food service companies, catering companies and food manufacturers
  • BRC Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials – applies to the manufacture of food packaging and packaging materials. The standard cannot be applied to packaging or materials that are not processed at the audited site, or to activities relating to wholesale, importation, distribution or storage outside the direct control of the company.
  • BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution – applies to companies providing storage and distribution services, including contracted services and a wholesale business where the storage and distribution facilities are under its direct control. 
  • BRC Global Standard for Agents and Brokers – companies in the food and/or food packaging supply chain that provide services for the purchase, importation or distribution of products.

Our independent and qualified auditors will apply the following auditing techniques:

  • Document review
    • Documented procedures
    • Work instructions
    • Inspection of recipes/formulations and specifications
    • Food labelling evaluation
    • Traceability tests
    • Evaluation of analysis results
  • On-site audit
    • Inspection of all areas
    • Assessment along an audit path, from incoming to outgoing goods
    • Employee and goods routes review
    • Employee interviews
    • Comparison of documentation against actual processes

Expert in Food Management System Certification

TÜV SÜD has more than 15 years’ experience in food and feed management system certification, and was one of the first certification bodies acting in this field. Licensed by the BRC as an approved Certification Body (CB) to audit against the relevant BRC Global Standards, TÜV SÜD consistently achieves a five-star rating - the highest possible.

TÜV SÜD’s global network of auditors provides the assurance that a formalized and structured approach to attaining certification is applied without bias, ensuring that audit approaches are consistent, regardless of the product or country of production. With in-depth experience in food testing, inspection, auditing and certification, TÜV SÜD is globally recognized as a trusted brand throughout the food industry value chain.

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