The standard helps promote consistency across the supply chain for food and ingredient manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors. It also reduces the number of customer audits and consolidates customer requirements.
BRC is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) benchmarked food safety standard covering food safety and management of product quality in food packing and processing operations.
This standard assists packaging manufacturers and converters to adopt good manufacturing practices and supports quality management systems to develop and manufacture safe, legal packaging materials meeting the customer’s quality requirements.
BRC audits are graded on the number and type of non-conformities with food safety standards.
The Non-conformities can be either:
The level assigned to each non-conformity depends on the nature of the item that is audited.
The benefits of certification:
Certification will help to satisfy customer expectations by demonstrating the plans, programmes and systems that the standard demands:
A Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) food safety plan to manage risks by following a step-by-step approach following CODEX Alimentarius guidelines
Senior management commitment to provide sufficient resources for achieving the standard
A quality management system that details the organisational and managerial policies needed to provide a framework for achieving the standard
A series of pre-requisite programmes dealing with the basic environmental and operational conditions needed for the production of safe food and controlling the generic hazards covered by good manufacturing and good hygiene practices