On January 7, 2015, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) published issue 7 of its Global Standard for Food Safety. The latest issue does not only bring changes in the wording of certain clauses, but also contains a number of new requirements related to food fraud, traceability and supplier management. In order to facilitate the transition to the new standard, we have gathered some of the most frequently asked questions and the answers to them below.
Comparing Issue 7 with Issue 6, what are the main changes?
DQS has created an overview of the main changes, which focuses on the consequences for certified sites. You can find the article here.
Where can I find the new standard?
The standard is available from the BRC Bookshop. After creating an account, you can download the full standard as a PDF file free of charge.
When will the standard be available in my language?
The standard is already available in English, German, French, Spanish, and twelve other languages.
When do the certification audits according to Issue 7 begin?
The new version is mandatory from July 1st, 2015 onwards. Before that time, certification according to the new issue is not possible.
How can we prepare for the new audit requirements?
DQS will be happy to assist certified sites with information and workshops, in order to guide you through the transition. We arrange in-house workshops on demand, with a flexible program that can be adjusted to your needs. Not sure whether you are ready for the transition? Contact us for a gap assessment! Our qualified auditors will conduct a structured analysis on site, resulting in a comprehensive report with potential areas for improvement.