I work for a company that had been under BRC guidelines/audits and have completed 17 audits successfully at three different facilities. We have been recently purchased and The new company is wanting the certification scheme to be SQF level 3. Have any of you switched gears like this? Do you find SQF harder than BRC? Just wanted thoughts moving forward. I've looked over some of the paperwork at the other companies in this group we were bought in to but haven't drawn a conclusion on the challenge of this.
If you browse through the threads on this forum, I think you will conclude that every FS Standard has its own individual "peculiarities". Even GFSI-recognized Standards have their own distinct "flavours".
Just to illustrate here are a few particular weirdnesses for 3 popular GFSI-benchmarked Standards, -
BRC - An addiction to Risk Assessments
SQF - Varying Interpretation of Validation
fssc22000 - Meaning of Operational Prerequisite Programs (OPRPs)
Whether an auditee finds BRC harder than SQF likely depends on their personal preferences/resources.