BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8

Food Manufacturing, Processing and Packaging Industry?

The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety was first published in 1998 and released on August 1, 2018 in its 8th issue. The standard provides a framework to manage product safety, integrity, legality and quality for the food manufacturing, processing and packing industry.

The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety is recognized by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI).

Assessments against BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8 will commence from the 1st February 2019.

There are several changes and new elements to BRC Food Issue 8, including:

  • Encouraging a food safety culture
  • Expansion of the requirements for environmental monitoring
  • Encouraging sites to further develop systems for security and food defense
  • Adding clarity to the requirements for high risk and high care production risk zones
  • Providing greater clarity for pet food manufacturers
  • Ensuring global applicability and GFSI benchmarking

BRC Food and BRC FSMA Voluntary Module

To support alignment with the US Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), the standard has introduced the BRC FSMA Voluntary Module which can be added to a BRC Global Standard for Food Safety audit. The module brides the gap in requirements between FSMA and the BRC Standard.

Benefits of BRC Global Standard for Food Safety

  • Legal requirements – addresses 'due diligence' requirements of both the supplier and the retailer.
  • Competitive edge – Certification to a standard recognized by the GFSI and some of the world's top food retailers.
  • Reduce costs – through continual improvement of processes and resulting in operations efficiencies.
  • Standards integration – can be combined with additional certification such as ISO 9001 and HACCP.

Why choose LR for BRC Global Standard for Food Safety?

Trusted experience - LR is an official BRC certification body with a deep understanding of the standard. We have been at the forefront of food safety standards development, support of the Global Food Safety Initiative and is a market leader in BRC food safety certification. This is why many of the world’s leading food, beverage, packaging and ingredients companies choose LR 

Technical expertise – LR food safety technical experts contribute toward the development and continual improvement of food safety standards, giving your organization and your supply chain the confidence that you’re working with experts. Our food safety assessors and technical specialists have some of the most extensive BRC experience in the world. Our team applies a pragmatic but thorough approach, meaning you will get the audit you need when you need it delivered by our global network of BRC assessors. 

Accreditation - Globally, LR has been independently accredited by UKAS for BRC global standard for food safety certification. 

Proven client satisfaction – Year after year, LR clients continue to report high satisfaction ratings of our service and technical support, and many recommend LR to their colleagues and industry peers. Client care is important to us, and we will always work to ensure you have access to the right people and enjoy the best BRC experience available. 

Impartiality and objectivity – With no shareholders of our own, we are independent and impartial in everything we do. We are committed to acting with integrity and objectivity at all times. 

Assessment methodology – LR helps you manage your systems and risks to improve and protect the current and future performance of your organization. Our approach is built on three pillars and extends the focus beyond the certificate to an assessment approach designed to help organizations meet their strategic objectives. And, we’re confident that we further help our food and beverage clients minimize and better manage their food safety risks. In addition, our ability to combine audits and offer a full range of services will help you to save time, hassle and ultimately money. 

BRC Food Issue 7 to 8 Transition Support – If you’re not ready for the changes, we can help ensure you are through our BRC gap analysis, briefing workshops, webinars and training courses. Contact us today for your no-obligation BRC Food 8 and BRC FSMA Voluntary Module quotation.