What is BRC (British Retail
The BRC (British Retail Consortium) was developed and published in 1998 by the BRC, the British Retail Consortium
(BRC) Global Standards specify safety, quality and operational criteria for
food producers and suppliers. BRC Global
Standard for Food Safety is said to be a product and process certification
standard which is known for compliance with the best practices in the industry.
food quality and safety standards are published by retail trade groups. Any organization
wishing to supply its food products to those retailers must meet the required
standards. The retailers request that an independent third party approves the
quality and food safety system of the supplier.
BRCGS create and implement standards in a variety of sectors:
Standard for Food Safety
Standard for Packaging Materials
Standard for Ethical Trade & Responsible Sourcing
Standard for Storage and Distribution
Standard for Consumer Products
Standard for Agents and Brokers
Standard for Retail
Standard for the Gluten-Free Certification Program
Why BRC certification is important?
for food safety is growing. Consumers and authorities increasingly demand that
the food we eat should offer high levels of quality and security. If a problem
occurs, the source of error needs to be found quickly and the problem
rectified. Demands are typically directed to the retail trade first, but
responsibility spreads through the entire food chain to include food producers,
primary producers and transporters.
Used worldwide, the BRC standards are recognised by the GFSI, which aims
to reduce the need for multiple supplier audits by harmonising international
food safety standards. BRC certification is
internationally recognized mark of food safety as well as food quality. The
certification is received by the help of a third-party audit against the
Standard requirements by any accredited certification body.
BRC standards are accepted by many of the world’s largest retail groups,
manufacturers and food service organisations - providing an international mark
of excellence for the certificate holder.BRC Global Standards deliver
confidence across the entire supply chain by guaranteeing the standardisation
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.
What are the benefits of BRC certification?
- Internal recognition as approved by GFSI
- Access markets like UK, Germany, France &
other markets where BRC is a requirement.
- Strengthened relationships with retail
distributors build stakeholder engagement and brand reputation International
- Accepted by all the retail customers.
- A systematic approach to meet the requirement
for food safety.
- Improving the safety and quality of the
- Conformance with all the legal and regulatory
- The ability to reduce the customer and
- Systematic management of GMP requirements
- Can help in identifying the process
improvements and reduced customer complaints.
- Provides evidence of due diligence and also
reduces the likelihood of product recall and adverse publicity.
Who can acquire BRC
This BRC certification may applicable for the following categories of organziations
- Finished Food Manufacturers of branded and unbranded products.
- The raw material, as well as the ingredient suppliers.
- Primary product packing material manufacturer and supplier.
- Food product / packing material Storage and Distributor
- Consumer Products organizations.
- Food product bulk selling Agents and Brokers.
- Food Retailers