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BRC Global Standards

Joanna Griffiths

Technical Packaging Manager

BRC Global Standards

Heritage of the brc global standards
Heritage of the BRC Global Standards

Issue 1 Global Standard for Food Packaging published

Brand owners inspect their own suppliers

Issue 3 incorporates non-food packaging

Before 1996 1998 2000 20082011

  • Brand owners join to create a common Standard for Food

Issue 4 published in February 2011

Managing the Standards

Governance & Strategy Committee

International users

Define policy & oversee progress

Global Standards Team

Certification Body Co-operation groups

Discussion between CB’s on technical issues & progressing implementation

  • Technical Advisory Committees

  • One for each Standard

  • Retailers and other stakeholders

  • Production & review of Standards

  • Interpretation issues

  • Review training materials

User Feedback

All governed by agreed terms of reference

Brc global standards
BRC Global Standards

Storage and Distribution

Consumer Products

Storage & Distribution




Key features of the brc global standards programme
Key features of the BRC Global Standards programme

  • Third party accredited programme

  • Retailer led

  • International stakeholder consultation

  • Rapid response to issues/developments

  • Suite of training programmes targeted to all stakeholders

  • Centrally controlled compliance program

  • Central database of audited manufacturers

Brc certificates by standard november 2010
BRC certificates by Standard(November 2010)

Submitted by > 100 Certification Bodies

Issue 4
Issue 4

  • Published Feb 2011

  • Implemented

    • 1st Aug 2011

Issue 4 features
Issue 4 - Features

  • Food and non-food packaging

  • Includes packaging materials

    • Primary, secondary and tertiary packaging

  • Focus on:

    • Hygiene/cleanliness

    • Quality *NEW*


  • High Hygiene Risk

    “Packaging that comes into direct contact with food products (or other hygiene sensitive products). Primary packaging used for food or other hygiene sensitive products where no absolute barrier is in place.”

  • Low Hygiene Risk

    “Packaging for consumer products and the secondary and tertiary packaging for all uses.”

Packaging standard structure
Packaging Standard Structure

Senior Management Commitment and Continual Improvement

Hazard and Risk Management System

Product Safety and Quality Management System

Site Standards

Product and Process Control


Issue 4 new features
Issue 4 – new features

  • “Fundamental” clauses *NEW*

  • Grading system *NEW*

  • Preparation and planning section *NEW*

  • Printed packaging material controls

  • Response to recent issues

Certification Process

Obtain Standard

Self Assessment – training course optional

Select Certification Body

On Site Audit

Critical, Major, Minor Non-conformities Identified

Correct non-conformities – 28 days

Certification Decision

A or BCD

12 months 6 months Uncertificated

BRC Directory

Private - password protected

  • Access allocated to certificated sites

  • Full audit reports available for download

  • Comprehensive reporting suite

  • Access to consenting manufacturers details only

BRC Directory

Public - accessible to all

  • Details of all certificated manufacturers - searchable by country, Standard, category, scope keyword

  • Updated daily ensuring accuracy

  • Visibility

  • Only officially recognised resource of certification information

  • “Shop front”

  • Retailer use for sourcing suppliers

Relevance of the standards
Relevance of the Standards

  • A recent survey by the BRC shows:

    • 103 – the number of countries with sites

    • Italy is the largest market outside of UK in EU

    • 91% of sites see value in BRC certification

    • 67% find that certification brings new customers, and use this in marketing

    • Sites see the Directory as a valuable way to secure new customers

Global standard for packaging
Global Standard for Packaging

“The Standard has evolved well, with a better application to packaging materials and not specifically food manufacturers”

Reflecting realistic requirements for the industry

“maintain the user friendliness of the BRC Standard, is practical in use”

“Continuous improvement of the Standard. Maintain the integrity of the Standard.”

Standard of Choice

Most appropriate to market requirements


Simple certification process

User friendly – prompt communication and issue resolution


Management of Certification Bodies and auditors

GFSI benchmarking

Opening up new global markets committed to the use of GFSI Standards

Future Objectives

Thank you

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