BRC :  Certification

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About BRC

The BRC (British Retail Consortium) Global Standards are a leading global safety and quality certification programme, used throughout the world by over 17,000 certificated suppliers in 90 countries through a network of over 80 accredited and BRC recognized Certification Bodies. The BRC Global Standards are widely used by suppliers and global retailers. They facilitate standardization of quality, safety, operational criteria and manufacturers' fulfillment of legal obligations. They also help provide protection to the consumer.

The BRC Global Standards were Originally developed in response to the needs of UK members of the British Retail Consortium, the Standards have gained usage world-wide and are specified by growing numbers of retailers and branded manufacturers in the EU, North America and further afield. Certification to a Global Standard, which is achieved through audit by a third party Certification Bodies, reassures retailers and branded manufacturers of the capability and competence of the supplier, and reduces the need for retailers and manufacturers to carry out their own audits, thereby reducing the administrative burden on both the supplier and the customer.

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) is the lead trade association representing the whole range of retailers, from the large multiples and department stores through to independents, selling a wide selection of products through center of town, out of town, rural and virtual stores.

The BRC is the authoritative voice of retail, recognized for its powerful campaigning and influence within government and as a provider of excellent retail information

The BRC Global Standards are a group of four industry-leading Technical Standards that specify requirements to be met by an organization to enable the production, packaging, storage and distribution of safe food and consumer products

BRC Global standard for food Safety

BRC-Food-Certification BRC Global standard For Food – Issue 6

BRC Global Standards for Packaging & packaging Material, Consumer products and Storage & Distributions

BRC Global Standard for packaging & Packaging Material – Issue 4
BRC Global standard for consumer product – Issue 3
BRC Global standard for Storage & Distribution – Issue 2

All BRC Standards are closely managed by the Consortium who licenses its use by certification bodies, which must be both, accredited by their national accreditation body (UKAS in the UK) and abide by strict requirements for auditor competency, reporting and performance.

Why Global standard?
  • Reduce the number of audits
  • Cover their needs & brad protection
  • Remove competitive elements from product safety
  • Good practice & continual improvement
  • All aspects of supply chain
Why Certify?
  • Provides an independent and objectives view of organizations operations.
  • Verifies the technical performance
  • Aids manufacturer fulfillment of legal obligation and Helps provide protection to consumers and retailers
  • Improves market access
What is BRC Certification?
  • An independent review by the certification body of the operation of control systems via audit.
  • The audit is systematic, gathering evidence to objectively determine whether criteria detailed in the global standard have been met
  • A certificate provides a measure by which manufacturers can demonstrate compliance with the global standard.


Packaging & Packaging Material

BRC IOP - Issue 4