What is the BRC?

June 2024

The BRC is a global food safety standard. It was the first standard to be GFSI benchmarked.

The standard has been adopted by food manufacturers throughout the world, especially by those organizations supplying British retailers. Third-party certification to the standard helps manufacturers, brand owners and retailers fulfil their legal obligations and safeguard consumers. The standard covers a comprehensive scope of product safety areas, as well as the legal and due diligence responsibilities of both the supplier and the retailer.

It is particularly suitable for companies supplying food products to UK retailers, regardless of the product or country of origin. In most cases certification to this standard is a precondition for supplying to UK retailers. It has been adopted by organizations throughout the world.

The principal requirements of the standard are the adoption and implementation of a HACCP system, a documented and effective quality management system and a control of factory environmental standards, products, processes and personnel.

What are the benefits?

  • Improve your food safety management systems
  • Demonstrate your commitment to food safety standards
  • Increase confidence in the quality and safety of your products
  • Make sure your suppliers also follow good hygiene practices
  • Monitor your system to achieve continuous improvement

Why should I choose a BRCGS Program?

The BRC certification framework has become a requirement by 70% of the top 10 global retailers and 50% of the top 25 manufacturers. Obtaining a BRCGS certificate opens new market entries for businesses to expand and grow. With the implementation of BRCGS practices, manufacturers acquire a framework to manage product safety expectations, meet industry regulations and legislation, and therefore; drive their businesses forward.


What sort of items will help with my compliance to the BRC Food Safety Standard?

Colour coded cleaning tools is a must with food safety compliance.

Profilgate – 4.6.6 of the BRC standard: mobile equipment used in open product areas shall not pose a risk to the product.

Metal Detectable Stationary – of the BRC standard: ensuring stationary items such as pens are designed without small external parts and are detectable by foreign-body detection equipment.


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