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Certification and Assurance: BRC Global Standard - Storage & Distribution

With the certification to the BRC Global Standard for food and BRC/IOP Packaging Standard now a fundamental requirement of many leading food retailers a new standard has been added by the British Retail Consortium (BRC). The BRC Global Standard – Storage and Distribution has been created to complete the chain between food manufacturer and the retailer or caterer. The standard is designed to assess the ability of companies storing and distributing products to comply with food safety requirements and demonstrate due diligence.

As with the other standards from the BRC the principal requirements are the adoption of:

  • Risk assessment
  • Quality management systems
  • Best practice principles to control the site environment, hygiene and operating standards
  • Staff training and personnel hygiene

The standard may be applied to storage and distribution of consumer products as well as food and is modular in structure. There are four modules:

  • Storage
  • Distribution
  • Wholesale
  • Contracted Services.

Companies may select the modules which are applicable to their particular operation. The standard has also introduced two tiers of requirements based on a risk rating according to the type of products handled. Certificates are issued on correction of any non conformances identified at the assessment.

Benefits of the Storage and Distribution Standard

  • Provides an internationally recognised standard for the storage and distribution sector
  • Comprehensive in scope to cover the key areas of quality, safety and legality of concern to new and existing customers
  • Encourages the adoption of best practice within the distribution chain.

All NSF Certification auditors have a thorough understanding of the distribution and storage chain and already have specific expertise through the effective delivery of the accredited NSF Certification Wholesale and Distribution Standard. The assessors who already work in this sector have been selected on the basis of proven experience within the industry.

Key Benefits

  • As part of the standard working group we both know the standard and how it was intended to be operated
  • We have an established experienced assessment team able to provide a practical and realistic approach to assessment
  • We are able to provide combined assessments with IFS Logistics, NSF Certification's own accredited standard or ISO 22000 saving time and cost
  • Pre-assessments are available to identify areas for improvement prior to assessment
  • Access to detailed guidance notes clarifying the requirements of the standard

Useful links

Copies of the standard can be ordered from www.tso.co.uk or www.brcglobalstandards.com

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