BRC Global Standards update will cut multiple audits

By Rick Pendrous contact

- Last updated on GMT

The number of multiple audits suppliers experience could be reduced with the latest update to the BRC Global Standards Directory
The number of multiple audits suppliers experience could be reduced with the latest update to the BRC Global Standards Directory

Related tags: Brc global standards, Audit, Brc

Food manufacturers should be able to reduce the number of multiple retail food hygiene audits they are subjected to, with the updated British Retail Consortium (BRC) Global Standards Directory published yesterday (August 13).

The directory, announced by the BRC and retail software specialist Trace One, is expected to allow retailers and suppliers to quickly become compliant with the new BRC Global Standard, Version 7, which came into effect last month (July).

The directory will also allow smaller suppliers to gain entry-level audits without needing full BRC Global Standards certification, allowing them to target new global markets, according to a spokesman for Trace One, which powers the new directory.

The directory now supports over 23,000 certificated manufacturers in 123 countries, as well as 1,600 auditors associated with around 77 certification bodies.

Reduce multiple audit visits

With the new portal, retailers can now specify that their own scheme modules are audited at the same time as the BRC Food 7 audit visit is undertaken. This is expected to dramatically reduce the time, cost and productivity implications that multiple audit visits have previously placed on manufacturers.

The enhanced functionality enables BRC Global Standards to add and manage retailer-specific scheme modules within the Version 7 template while enabling users to list, search and report on these additional certifications.

New suppliers can initially be certificated against entry-level audits, which means that organisations that are not ready for or do not need full BRC Global Standards certification can still demonstrate best practice in food safety.

“The rise in consumer demand for food quality information shows no sign of abating,”​ said Trace One ceo Jerome Malavoy. “This is reflected in the amount of certification information on record with upwards of 100 audits being uploaded to the directory in an average day.”

‘Complete compliance with Food 7’

Mark Proctor, ceo of BRC Global Standards, added: “No two retailers or suppliers are alike. With these additions, we’ve not only given the industry a means to trust in its complete compliance with Food 7 but we’ve also ensured that food retailers and manufacturers can pursue their own food safety measures, and the competitive differentiation these enable, more cost effectively.”

The directory’s launch follows news​ that many food manufacturers are not up to speed with vulnerability assessments, which are a focus of Version 7 of the BRC Global Standard.

BRC auditor Cert ID has claimed that there is lack consistency in the type and scope of many assessments currently being undertaken.

“Food manufacturers are expected to assess their management of ‘vulnerable areas’ within their supply chain to identify potential food fraud ‘hotspots’,”​ said Richard Werran, md of Cert ID.

“With no coherent format nor approach to vulnerability assessments,​ [this] permits each supplier to ‘do their own thing’; the lack of consistency adds up to a major headache for retailers trying to de-risk their business.”

Don’t miss Food Manufacture Group’s Food safety conference: ‘Safer food and drink – from harvest to home, which takes place at The Lowry in Manchester on Tuesday September 29. For more information visit the conference website​ or call 01293 610 354

Related topics: Food Safety, Hygiene, safety & cleaning

Related news

Show more

Related products

Listeria Management & Drainage: 5 Essential Steps

Listeria Management & Drainage: 5 Essential Steps

Aco Building Drainage | 26-Apr-2019 | Technical / White Paper

Listeria is widely recognised as a universal problem for food and drink manufacturers. To ensure effective listeria management and control, food and drink...

Hygienic design boosts quality and safety

Hygienic design boosts quality and safety

Minebea Intec | 16-Aug-2018 | Technical / White Paper

Avoiding food contamination and increasing product safety are key objectives of all food producers. It is critical to prevent any type of contamination...

Adulteration-and-contamination-white-paper

Adulteration versus contamination, protecting our food

Fera Science Ltd. | 30-Oct-2017 | Technical / White Paper

Adulteration affects the confidence of the public as well as business. Meat products are one of the most commonly adulterated foods – we review the challenges...

With a summer of food scares – be better informed

With a summer of food scares – be better informed

Fera Science Ltd. | 23-Oct-2017 | Technical / White Paper

Recalls and supply chain visibility are big issues right now with a summer of food scares - make sure you have the vital tools to ensure your food defence...

Related suppliers