I just posted an update issued by the BRC on the changes between issue 3 and 4 of the BRC/IOP Standard - see here >>
A new dimension (and pressure) is added by this...
Those familiar with the Food Safety and Consumer Product schemes will recognise the principles of grading and subsequent audit frequency based on grading. The grading thresholds in Packaging are the same as in the other Standards, with an A or B grade remaining on a 12 month audit frequency, and a C grade incurring a 6 month audit frequency. D graded sites will not be certificated.
Consequences for major non-conformities against the Statement of Intent of a Fundamental clause are also now in line with that of the Food Safety and Consumer Products Standards. Where such a non-conformity has been identified the site shall not be certificated.
Grading has been a part of the BRC Food Standard for a while. Can any foodies kindly provide us with a 'heads up' on what we can expect and where they draw the line between A & B etc.