This standard, originally published in 2006, has been designed to ensure best practice in the handling, storage and/or distribution of food, consumer goods and packaging materials. It provides a framework for best practice for any organisation involved in the storage and/or distribution of goods and in line with the BRC Standards requirement for organisations to demonstrate continual improvement of their systems. The BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution is applicable to all forms of transportation.
A revised version of the BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution was published in 2010 and all audits are now carried out under Issue 2. Key changes from the first version of the standard include a new section on management commitment, reflecting the importance that top management plays in achieving certification and the introduction of a risk-based approach to compliance with relevance to handling consumer products and packaging.
The BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution is risk-based with a strong emphasis on Hazard and Risk Analysis to identify and manage potential product safety risks and there is a requirement for a documented quality management system. This is supplemented with particular best practice requirements for managing the operation, the conditions of any storage site and site personnel.
Benefits of BRC's Global Standard for Storage and Distribution
- Reduced costs – best practice in handling storage and distribution of products and promotes continuous improvement in operating practices, reducing inefficiencies.
- Reduced risks – the standard has a strong emphasis on Hazard and Risk Analysis helping you to identify and manage potential product safety risks.
- Legal requirements – provides evidence of commitment and, in case of a food safety incident, provides legal defence in the framework of the 'due diligence' concept
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