What is BRCGS Certification?
BRCGS was founded in 1996 by retailers who wanted to harmonise food safety standards across the supply chain. BRCGS publishes a family of standards used by over 30,000 suppliers in over 130 countries across both food and non-food categories. They are a globally recognised brand that operates the most rigorous third party certification scheme of its type.
The standards prescribe quality, safety and operational criteria to ensure that manufacturers fulfil their legal obligations and provide protection for the end consumer.
The following standards are available:
BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety
First published in 1998, the BRCGS Global Standard for Food Safety was the first GFSI benchmarked standard and is on of the leading food safety certification standards.
BRCGS Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials
The BRCGS Global Standard for Packaging and Packaging Materials was the first Packaging Standard in the world to be recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GSFI) benchmarking committee.
BRCGS Global Standard for Storage and Distribution
First published in 2006, the BRCGS Global Standard for Storage and Distribution is also a GFSI benchmarked standard. The latest edition Issue 3 was published in August 2016.
BRCGS Global Standard for Agents and Brokers
The BRCGS Global Standard for Agents and Brokers provides a framework for managing product safety, quality and legality for agent and broker businesses in the food and packaging industries.
Consumer Products Standards Issue 4 were published in 2016 and revised to recognise the diversity of products included within Consumer Products by producing two separate Standards
Global Standard for Consumer Products – General Merchandise
Global Standard for Consumer Products – Personal Care and Household
Each of the Standards can be certificated at either Foundation Level or at Higher level.
The BRCGS Global Standard for Retail was published in 2016 and provides a certification standard for organisations that retail food products