BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Certification Overview

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Product certification in the meaning of the accreditation including management-system components / Voluntary assessment

Basis for Certification (certification standard):

BRC Global Standard for Food Safety (BRC GSFS) in the currently valid version

Standard Owner:

BRC Trading Ltd.

No TÜV SÜD certification mark will be issued. Certified organisations will be authorised to use the BRC certification mark according to the rules defined by the standard owner.


What does the standard BRC GSFS cover?

The standard BRC GSFS defines the requirements for an organisation's food safety processes. These requirements include, but are not limited to:

  • Implementation of a quality and food safety management system
    Planning, implementation, assessment, actions
    Hazard assessments including control elements
  • Resource management skills
    Human resources, facilities and equipment, training
  • Intensive planning and safe production process, including
    Environmental, personal and process hygiene
    Suitability of packaging materials, machinery and vehicles
    Correct product labelling (allergens, correctness, scope)
    Systems for the evaluation of suppliers and service providers
  • Measurements, analyses, improvements
    On-site inspections, emergency responses and control
  • Product safety
    Security at the premises, product protection  
  • What does “certification” according to BRC GSFS by TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH mean?
    • The customer has submitted to voluntary assessment (audit) according to defined criteria
      (certification standard).
    • A certificate and/or the authorisation to use a certification mark is only issued if the assessment (audit) does not reveal any major nonconformities with the requirements of the certification standard.
    • Certificates and/or certification marks are valid for a restricted period of time. Interested parties can check the validity of individual certificates in the certificate database of TÜV SÜD Management Service GmbH or the standard owner (
    • To maintain certificate validity, the certificate holder must annually complete an announced audit with a positive result.
    • Unannounced audits may be conducted in specific cases or at the request of the certified company.
    • According to the standard owner’s requirements, communication of BRC GSFS certification is restricted to B2B communication. Communication to consumers is not permitted.
  • How do we audit?

    Independent and qualified experts (auditors) will apply the following auditing techniques:

    • Document review
      Review of documentation such as documented procedures, work instructions
      Inspection of recipes/formulations and specifications
      Evaluation of food labelling
      Specific traceability tests
      Evaluation of analysis results

    • On-site audit
      On-site inspection of all areas of the organisation
      Assessment along an audit path, from incoming goods inspection to outgoing goods and along critical control points
      Checking the routes of employees and goods
      Interviews with the employees of the organization
      Comparison of documentation with the actual processes

  • What is beyond the scope of certification according to the BRC GSFS standard?

    Audits are always based on sampling. Given this, it is impossible to inspect every single product or every single production process. TÜV SÜD certification thus cannot give a 100% guarantee that all food products of a certified company are free from nonconformities, or that the organisation meets the criteria of the standard at all times even though this is one of the key objectives of the BRC GSFS standard.



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