Continually improve your business with the British Retail Consortium
The BRC (British Retail Consortium) standard is intended for all food producers who want to implement good manufacturing practice and have a quality production system. This standard can be applied to any processing operation in which food is handled, or from the very beginning of production, like packaging of fresh products, through slaughterhouses, up to the processing of food in cans, as well as in the production of high-hygienic products.
In order to obtain BRC certificate, the most important thing is that the company is informed about the rules for issuing the certificate and carefully plans all the necessary steps.
Among other things, the BRC standard requires:
Adoption and application of HACCP principles;
Documented and functional quality management system;
Standard for controlling the factory environment, products, procedures and staff.
Find out what the BRC (British Retail Consortium) really is and what makes it suitable for your business.
The BRC standard brings numerous benefits to organizations, and among other things, the implementation of this standard enables:
• Simultaneous possibility for the producer and the supplier to inform retail or other food status organizations, in case that it was part of the agreement;
• Special attention to the quality, hygiene and safety of products in the food industry;
• Request for fulfillment in production/delivery, packaging/loading and retail. Food manufacturers can also use this standard to ensure that their suppliers implement good hygienic practices;
• Request for continuous monitoring and confirmation of corrective measures arising from non-compliance, thus establishing a system of self-regulation of quality, hygiene and product safety;
• Implementation of third-party certification.
The principles of BRC standards are:
• Reducing the possibility of dual rating;
• Work and cooperation with accreditation bodies to ensure effective control and maintenance of standards;
• Encouraging “local” assessment;
• Ensuring openness, transparency and compliance with trade laws;
• Promoting the direct participation of retailers in the development and maintenance of the system by participating in the Technical Supervision Committee;
• Continuous review and improvement of standards and support processes.
The BRC standard sets requirements for the production of processed foods and the preparation of primary products delivered to retailers, as well as branded food products and food or ingredients for use in service companies, catering organizations and food production. Certification refers to products that are made or prepared at the site where the assessment was carried out and covers warehouses that are under the direct control of on-site management.
Companies whose primary activity is the processing of products or the delivery of repackaged products may be included in the certification area if appropriate controls exist, and the activity excludes the processing or preparation of repackaged products. The standard does not apply to wholesale, import and distribution or warehousing activities (outside the direct control of the company).
Make the most of your BRC system by integrating it with other systems your organization maintains. This allows you to combine how you manage processes that relate to more than one system.
We use accelerated learning techniques to make sure that you fully understand all the requirements of BRC. This type of training consists of lectures and workshops of interactive parts, which allow you to give your opinion and present your views, practical examples and the like. Learn more about BRC training.