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What is BRCGS? What does BRCGS stand for?

What is brcgs

BRCGS was formerly known as BRC (British Retail Consortium). BRCGS (Brand Reputation Compliance Global Standards) is a leading brand and consumer protection organisation, used by over 29,000 certificated suppliers over 130 countries, with certification issued through a global network of accredited certification bodies. BRCGS’ Standards guarantee the standardisation of quality, safety and operational criteria and ensure that manufacturers fulfil their legal obligations and provide protection for the end consumer. Certification to BRCGS’ Standards is now often a fundamental requirement of leading retailers, manufacturers and food service organisations.

The standard requirements address the key elements that organisation’s need to have in place to ensure safe product production. BRC Standards are approved by GFSI, the Global Food Safety Initiative, which is an essential factor when considering a certification scheme.

More than 16,000 establishments worldwide are certified to the BRCGS Global Standards for Food Safety. To get your organisation or facilities on the list, you’ll need to create a management system that addresses all standard requirements, work with a Certification Body to be audited, and passes the audit to be certified. Your organisation will then need to maintain your standards and have regular audits by the certified body in order to maintain your certification.

What Are The Benefits of BRCGS Certification?

benefits of BRCGS certification for your business

With a GFSI certification, your organisation will be able to access parts of the market that are only available to those who are certified. By requiring suppliers to attain and maintain one of these certifications, more and more manufacturers and retailers will be actively protecting their product safety and brand reputation.

Opportunities for certified firms are increasing, whereas those for uncertified firms continue to decrease. As a business, you will also be protecting your product, customers and brand by attaining certification. When you have adopted and are implementing the programme based on the specific standard you choose, you will be practising the best methods of product safety management.

What Does BRCGS Require?

The various BRCGS Standards include the following requirements:

  • Product safety (HACCP or HARA)
  • Management Commitment Prerequisite programs
  • Document Control
  • Food Safety and Quality Manual
  • Internal Audits
  • Specifications
  • Supplier Approval
  • Records
  • Control of Nonconforming Product
  • Complaint Handling
  • Corrective Actions
  • Management of Allergens
  • Traceability
  • Site Standards
  • Packaging Materials
  • Management of Incidents
  • Product Release
  • Control of Operations
  • Product Design and Development
  • Product Inspection and Testing
  • Provenance, Assured Status and Identity Preserved
  • Medical Screening
  • Training
  • Calibration and Control of Measuring and Monitoring Devices
  • Protective Clothing
  • Personal Hygiene

The first step is to prepare for BRCGS Certification…


We are BRCGS Approved Training Partners and also Approved Virtual Trainers.

You can book onto a training course with us. Our extensively experienced and knowledgeable team are dedicated to delivering interactive courses that allow you to consolidate and apply your learning when teaching about the requirements and implementation of the hygiene standards.

In addition to the BRCGS courses that we deliver, our own STC courses have been developed by 3rd party lead auditors with significant experience in the food and related industries, microbiological experts, lean 6-sigma black belts and consultants, based on current industry challenges and based on science so that you get the best possible training.

Our speciality training courses will provide delegates with the most current and up-to-date information directly from us.

View our training calendar here.

View the BRCGS Academy training course brochure

Are you struggling to find a good certification body?

Being BRCGS Lead Auditors who audit on behalf of certification bodies, we can help.

Contact us at info@1stc.uk for advice.

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