BRC Agents and Brokers: The Certification Standard for Brokers, Agents, Importers & Exporters
The BRC Standard for Agents & Brokers outlines quality and safety requirements for the purchase, importation or distribution of food products and packaging materials. The standard, initially published in 2006, closes the gap between manufacturers and retailers and thereby increases transparency and safety along the supply chain.
- Brokers: Companies that purchase or ‘take title to’ products for resale to manufacturers, other brokers, retailers or food service companies but not directly to the consumer.
- Agents or non-manufacturing service providers: Companies that trade between a manufacturer or broker and their customers but do not at any point own or take title to the goods. Such companies provide a range of services to facilitate the safe and legal trade of products.
- Importers/Exporters: Companies that facilitate the movement of products across national boundaries, satisfying legal and customs requirements. Importers and exporters may also be agents and/or brokers.
The standard does not cover logistics providers, who store, transport and distribute packaged food, consumer goods and packaging materials, as this is coverd by the BRC Standard for Storage and Distribution. The storage of food by the manufacturer is also not covered by the Agents and Brokers standard, provided the manufacturer stores the food directly on the premises or close to the location of manufacture (up to 50 kilometers), as this is already covered by the BRC Food Safety Standard.
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Content and Structure
The requirements of the standards are divided into eight main sections:
Certification process – Here’s how it works
The audit can be conducted whenever you feel ready. The duration of the audit depends on the size of the site and the complexity of the processes, but is always at least 1 day. After a successful certification audit, you obtain a certificate with a validity of one year. You are also registered as a certified provider in the BRC directory. To maintain certified status, a recertification audit is necessary after one year.
The BRCGS standard can partly be audited remotely. You can receive further information here.
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