Published on 1 August, 2018, the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety is now in its eighth issue and has been developed by food industry experts including food manufacturers, retailers, food service companies, certification bodies and independent technical experts to ensure it is rigorous and detailed, yet easy to understand.
The new version of the standard focuses on:
- encouraging development of product safety culture
- expanding the requirements for environmental monitoring to reflect the increasing importance of this technique
- encouraging sites to further develop systems for security and food defence
- adding clarity to the requirements for high-risk, high-care and ambient high-care production risk zones
- providing greater clarity for sites manufacturing pet food
- ensuring global applicability and bench-marking to the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
Certification to the standard provides a framework to manage product safety, integrity, legality and quality, and the operational controls for these criteria in the food and food ingredient manufacturing, processing and packing industry.
Not only is the BRC Global Food Safety Standard portable enough to allow Additional Modules to be added to reduce audit burden, it also promotes greater resilience, transparency and traceability in the supply chain.
Timelines for the development of food issue 8:
|August 2018||Standard published|
|September 2018||Approved training partner training|
|October 2018||Auditor and site training begins|
|1 February 2019||Audits commence|
What we offer
LR recognises that every organisation and its Food Safety Management System are unique. The impact of the revision to the BRC Food Safety Standard will depend upon the complexity of your organisation and the maturity of your management system.
At LR, we take time to understand the needs and unique circumstances of our clients and their businesses, to act with judgement, sensitivity and care.
Our independence means that we’re committed to doing things the right way to reach the highest standards and best outcomes for all, giving our clients confidence in our decisions every time.
A series of webinars
Designed to help you understand the changes and what they mean to your organisation
Half day workshops to look at the changes, followed by an exercise and Q&A session to help you create a plan for BRC V8 implementation
A one day site visit where one of our assessors looks at your current operations and identify what areas require focus to ensure the BRC V8 audit is as successful as possible.
We specialise in management systems compliance including gap analysis, assessment and certification, all underpinned with expert advice designed to meet the needs of your industry.
We explore every problem thoroughly with exact, analytical precision. We leave no stone unturned and no questions unanswered, to draw accurate conclusions.
We provide practical client training courses worldwide in various languages, led by trained and qualified tutors. Many of our courses are endorsed by relevant professional bodies and based on our experience of assessing management systems. We offer both public and in-house training services including customised training solutions.
The challenge of globalisation, changing customer requirements, legislation and technology means that worldwide, organisations are increasingly turning to customised programmes, underpinned with client specific criteria, to help them meet their organisational goals.
Our range of customised solutions are focused on delivering client value by offering a variety of tools and techniques to identify the right solution for your business. Once we have assessed your needs, we can then identify the most appropriate methods to equip you with the relevant knowledge and implement the recommended improvement initiatives.
A wide range of assurance services
Don’t let your certification journey stop with food safety; at LR, we deliver certification, validation and verification assessment services to all of the world’s leading standards and schemes including quality, health and safety, environmental, sustainability, energy management, business continuity, cyber security and many more.
What are the benefits?
BRC Food Safety certification from Lloyd’s Register gives your business several advantages, including:
Demonstrate your commitment to food safety
Our focus is on customer satisfaction and adding value to your business by delivering our wide range of services through our network of highly trained and calibrated assessors worldwide.
The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety was the first standard to be GFSI benchmarked and to define food fraud. Certification with LR helps ensure ‘food safety best practice’ leading to:
Choosing certification against one of the leading standards in your sector can set you apart from your competitors.
Improve communications and processes around food safety throughout the organisation and drive improvements across your supply chain.
New business opportunities
Certification from us significantly improves your ability to work with the many organisations where BRC is a contractual obligation or expectation.
Brand and customer confidence
The BRC Global Standard will help protect your brand by ensuring that your customers have confidence in your production programmes and supply chain management. You can also use certification as a marketing tool by displaying the LR mark on your publicity materials, stationery and website.
A licence to operate
The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety is accepted and specified by many retailers, manufacturers, ingredients companies, food service organisations and raw material processors worldwide as part of their supplier approval process.
Improved employee engagement
The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety is the only standard to offer a food safety culture assessment, of key importance in driving employee engagement.
Time and cost reductions
An integrated approach to managingmultiple management systemsallows you to manage all of them as one entity. The benefits from this approach include improvement of communications across systems and functions, easier identification and sharing of best practice as well as a potential reduction in the resources needed to manage those systems.
Why choose LR?
A wide BRC service offer
Along with Food Safety and the BRC Modules, we are approved by BRC to offer certification to the other main BRC standards including:
- Storage and Distribution
- Packaging and Packaging Materials
- Consumer Products Agents and Brokers
Our assessors are industry specialists who are matched with your business needs, enabling an effective and robust audit of your system. We’re expert in not only understanding the potential in cutting-edge ideas, but applying this pragmatically in ways which guarantee impact today and in the long-term.
You get the audit when you need it; you will always have access to the right people and enjoy the best BRC experience available. We will help ensure your organisation is ready for BRC version 8. Our ability to combine audits and offer a full range of services will allow you to save time, hassle and costs.
“With recognition from the GFSI, the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety is the ‘scheme of choice’ for thousands of organisations worldwide. As a BRC Global Standards recognised certification body, we are delighted that Lloyd’s Register is at the forefront in offering such services to clients, thereby helping to ensure the safe delivery of food to consumers in more than 130 countries.”
David Brackston, Technical Director, BRC
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We maintain our independence and impartiality by proactively managing conflicts of interest across all LR businesses including those which may exist between consultancy and third-party certification services. We will not offer consultancy services for any management system that is in the process of or has completed accredited third-party certification with LR. Further, if we are already providing consultancy services relating to a management system, we will not offer any accredited third-party assessment services.
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