BRC Global Standards has published BRC Global Standard for Retail on 1 September 2016, and audits against Issue 1 will be available immediately after the publication, in whole or as trial assessments.
Introduced in 2016, the BRC Global Standard for Retail provides essential certification for organizations that retail food products, as well as other products. The Standard covers the activity of retailing, as well as commissary, sourcing, and in store production. Retailers are the last step in the food supply chain prior to the consumer, and play a critical role in managing the supply chain, as well as the delivery of goods and services to the consumer. This Standard is, therefore, designed to promote best practice on product safety, quality and the operational criteria required to fulfill obligations with regard to legal compliance and consumer protection.
The Global Standard for Retail sets out the requirements for companies in the food retail supply chain that provide services for the sourcing, purchase, importation, distribution, preparation, and retailing of products. The companies may also own their own processing, storage, or distribution facilities but these facilities are certificated to relevant production or storage and distribution standards.
The scope of certification shall cover all applicable operations at the head office and retail stores certificated.
The Global Standard for Retail is primarily intended and designed to assess and manage activities pertaining to food products.
The intention of this first issue is neither to exclude, nor mandatorily to include consumer products. If an organization wishes to expand its utilization of the Standard to cover consumer products, the same requirements may be used.
This Standard covers certification for the following categories of products:
– food products for the consumer market, including raw materials processed onsite, finished products, and other formats offered in a retail store,
– food-packaging materials – including disposable utensils,
– pet foods for domestic animals,
– consumer products.
The Standard shall not apply to livestock.
PRINCIPLES OF THE STANDARD
The company must have a full understanding of the products being handled or covered by the organization and have systems in place to identify and control hazards significant to the safety, legality, or quality of the products.
SENIOR MANAGEMENT COMMITMENT
The effective and consistent achievement of product safety requires this to be recognized as a responsibility shared by all personnel within the business. Product safety management extends beyond technical departments and must involve commitment from the full management team, including procurement, logistics, and store personnel.
The starting point for an effective product safety plan is the commitment of senior management to the development of an all-encompassing policy as a means to guide the activities that collectively assure product safety. The Global Standard for Retail places a high priority on clear evidence of senior management commitment.
A HAZARD AND RISK ANALYSIS BASED SYSTEM
The Standard requires the development of a product safety plan covering the services/operations which the company manages and based on the principles of hazard and risk analysis. The development of the plan requires the input of all relevant departments and must be supported by senior management.
SUPPLIER AND SUBCONTRACTED SERVICE MANAGEMENT
The Standard is intended to provide assurance to the organization that product and process safety risks are managed as products pass through the supply chain. As such, the organization is expected to assess suppliers of goods and services within their analysis.
BENEFITS OF THE STANDARD
There are a number of benefits to companies arising from adoption of the BRC Global Standards. The BRC Global Standards:
– are internationally recognized and provide a report and certification that can be used by organizations in place of their own audits, reducing time and cost,
– provide a single standard and protocol that govern an accredited audit by third-party certification bodies, allowing a credible independent assessment of a company’s product safety and quality management systems,
– allow certificated companies to use the BRC public directory, providing analysis of performance data across the organization,
– are comprehensive in scope, covering areas of product safety, legal compliance, and quality,
– are designed to support compliance with regulatory requirements being proposed in the US Food Safety Modernization Act and EU legislative requirements.
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