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Posted 21 July 2015 - 03:37 PM

Regarding the new grading system in BRC packaging issue 5.

I think it could be the same grading system for BRC food Issue7, maybe some member can confirm?

5 or fewer NC’s Unannounced = AA+

5 or fewer NC’s Announced = AA


6-10 NC’s Unannounced = A+

6-10 NC’s Announced = A


11-16 NC’s Unannounced = B+

11-16 NC’s Announced = B


It is a brave call to go for unannounced as it is so easy to pick up several minor NC’s on any given day (in any plant).  The risk being you end up with a B+.


The question is it better to have an A+ or an AA...or worse a B+ instead of an A.


I’m wondering how customers would see it.


To me A is better than B+ though in actual fact B+ may be a better achievement.




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Posted 23 July 2015 - 11:36 AM

Hi Simon.


"Better" is in the eye of the knowledgeable person.  This is not the same as the view of an unconnected administrator.


Why take the pain and risk of an unannounced audit when you don't have to.  I go for the A grade announced outcome and use my internal audits to Hammer home the message that being excellent on one day does not excuse the 364 days with ongoing non-conformances.  When I have all those other days non-conformance free, and know it, then you are ready for the unannounced.


If it had been me, recognising the open and honest approach an unannounced audit requires, I would have made the unannounced score a full grade higher rather than a  B+.,  so B+ = A  and C+ = B.



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