British Retail Consortium Product Certification Schemes

In response to industry needs, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) developed the BRC Food Technical Standard in 1998 to evaluate manufacturers of retailers’ own-brand food products. This standard was adopted by other organisations in the sector in the UK and across the world.

Following the success and widespread use of what is now the BRC Food Safety Standard, BRC published the BRC Packaging Standard in 2002, and the BRC Storage and Distribution Standard in 2006. The scheme is based on these standards.

Applicant CABs will need to separately apply and enter contractual arrangements with BRC Global Standards, a business of BRC Trading Ltd. Applicants will need to comply with BRC004: Requirements for Certification Bodies offering Certification against the Criteria of the BRC Global Standards.

As this is a product scheme (and as BRC also requires such compliance), applicants need to comply with ISO/IEC 17065:2012 – Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services.

Benefits

  • Sets a benchmark for good manufacturing practice, and helps assure customers that food-related products are safe and of consistent quality.
  • Helps with a 'due diligence' defence, for manufacturers of food-related products subject to a prosecution.
  • Provides a framework on which companies can base their supplier assessment programs and manufacture of branded products.

Scheme owner

BRC Trading Ltd.

More information

An application pack, application form and other relevant material is not available on this site. These documents are available through our SharePoint portal. If you are a body that we currently accredit, you can access this information through the Shared CAB Portal. If you are a new applicant, please complete an application enquiry form. Once this form is submitted, the Secretariat will contact you to advise the next steps.  For other stakeholders, please submit your inquiry through the online feedback form.

The BRC standards, requirements for certification bodies, further information and an application form to work with BRC Global Standards are available through http://www.brcglobalstandards.com/