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#1 trubertq


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Posted 13 April 2017 - 05:54 PM

Hi all,


I have been asked a question regarding exclusions from scope in BRC V7. Is there a percentage of production above which you cannot exclude? In the manual it states that:



The fulfilment of the certification criteria relies on clear commitment from the site management to adopt the best practice principles outlined within the Standard and to the development of a food safety culture within the business. It follows therefore that the exclusion of products from the scope of certification shall only be permitted by exception.
The BRC logo can only be used by sites that have no exclusions.
The exclusion of products produced at a site will only be acceptable where:
the excluded products can be clearly differentiated from products within scope
the products are produced in a physically segregated area of the factory.
Where exclusions are requested these shall be agreed with the certification body in advance of the audit. Exclusions shall be clearly stated on the audit report and certificate and the justification recorded on the audit report.
The certification of products must include audit of the entire process from raw material to end-product dispatch. It is not possible to exclude either parts of the process undertaken at the site or parts of the Standard. Where exclusions are accepted, the auditor(s) shall assess any hazards presented by excluded areas or products (e.g. the introduction of allergens or foreign-body risks) and non-conformities may be raised relating to the excluded area where this poses a risk to the products within the audit scope.
I see no reference to a percentage of production but the question has been asked in previous years at audits. Any enlightenment here?

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#2 GMO


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Posted 17 April 2017 - 02:51 PM

I'm not aware of any percentage.  From memory the main concern for BRC was if the product was produced in the same area as "in scope" products then you couldn't reasonably justify exclusion. 

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#3 john.kukoly


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Posted 20 April 2017 - 07:41 AM

Version six used to have other qualifiers, including the excluded product being "a minority" of the production. Removed from version 7, as it became challenging to define on site.


The current rules are simple, segregated and easily differentiated.


That being said, exclusions can be a challenge, for the site and auditor. Is there a specific reason to exclude some portion of what you do from being part of your BRC program?



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