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BRCGS CERTIFICATION

At ASI, we understand the significance of upholding the highest standards of quality and safety in the industries we serve. 

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BRCGS certification is a globally recognized mark of excellence in food safety, demonstrating your commitment to quality and compliance. It opens doors to new markets, enhances brand reputation, and improves operational efficiency within your food business.

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6 BENEFITS OF BECOMING BRCGS CERTIFIED

By achieving BRCGS certification, you can significantly elevate your organization's standing and achieve long-term success across various industries.

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Enhanced Food Safety:
Reduces the risk of foodborne illness and fosters consumer confidence in your brand.
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Improved Quality:
Ensures your products meet strict quality standards and customer expectations.
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Increased Market Access:
Opens doors to new markets and enhances your competitive edge.
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Reduced Costs:
Minimizes product recalls and associated financial losses.
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Streamlined Operations:
Improves efficiency and optimizes your supply chain.
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Enhanced Brand Reputation:
Demonstrates your commitment to ethical and responsible practices, building trust with stakeholders.

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BRCGS certification delivers positive “bottom line” effects for many food manufacturers with an average of 7.5% sales growth and 6% profitability growth.

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STEPS TO BECOMING BRCGS CERTIFIED

By following these steps and utilizing available resources, you can increase your chances of success in achieving BRCGS certification and establishing a robust food safety program within your company.

  • 1. Understand the Standard:

    Download the relevant BRCGS Global Standard for your industry and thoroughly familiarize yourself with its requirements.

    PDFS OF BRCGS STANDARDS FURTHER DOWN

  • 2. Conduct a Gap Analysis:

    Identify any gaps between your current food safety practices and the standard's requirements.
  • 3. Develop an Implementation Plan:

    Create a roadmap to address the identified gaps and achieve compliance. This plan should include timelines, resources, and responsibilities.
  • 4. Implement the Plan:

    Put your plan into action, including: 

    • Updating your documentation (quality manual, procedures, records) to comply with the standard.
    • Training your team on the standard's requirements and best practices.
    • Implementing new processes and procedures to address any gaps.
    • Conducting internal audits to identify and address non-conformities.
  • 5. Choose a Certification Body:

    Select a BRCGS-approved certification body to conduct your audit.
  • 6. Pre-Assessment Audit (Optional):

    Consider scheduling a pre-assessment audit to simulate a real BRCGS audit and identify any remaining issues.
  • 7. Certification Audit:

    The certification body will conduct an audit of your facility and operations to verify compliance with the standard.
  • 8. Non-Conformity Management:

    Address any non-conformities identified during the audit and submit corrective action plans to the certification body.
  • 9. Certification Decision:

    The certification body will review your corrective action plans and make a decision on whether to grant certification.
  • 10. Implement and Maintain Your Food Safety Management System:

    Continue to follow your documented procedures and conduct regular internal audits to ensure ongoing compliance.
  • 11. Re-certification Audits:

    Undergo re-certification audits every three years to maintain your BRCGS certification.

BRCGS STANDARDS

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DOWNLOAD STANDARDAGENTS AND BROKERSHelps agents and brokers demonstrate their commitment to food safety and quality to their clients and suppliers.DOWNLOAD STANDARD
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DOWNLOAD STANDARDCONSUMER PRODUCTSProvides a framework for manufacturers to identify and manage risks associated with these products.DOWNLOAD STANDARD
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DOWNLOAD STANDARDETHICAL TRADE AND RESPONSIBLE SOURCING Supports organizations in ensuring their products are sourced ethically and responsibly, considering environmental and social impacts.DOWNLOAD STANDARD
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DOWNLOAD STANDARDFOOD SAFETYThe BRCGS Global Food Safety Standard, adopted by over 22,000 sites and accepted by leading retailers and foodservice companies, has set the industry benchmark for nearly 25 years.DOWNLOAD STANDARD
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DOWNLOAD STANDARDGLUTEN FREE CERTIFICATION Reduces the risk of gluten contamination and provides consumers with confidence in the products they purchase.DOWNLOAD STANDARD
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DOWNLOAD STANDARDPACKAGING MATERIALSGuarantees the safety and quality of packaging materials used in the food, beverage, and pharmaceutical industries.DOWNLOAD STANDARD
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DOWNLOAD STANDARDPLANT-BASED CERTIFICATIONCovers the specific needs of plant-based food and beverage manufacturers, addressing challenges unique to this industry.DOWNLOAD STANDARD
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DOWNLOAD STANDARDRETAILA comprehensive standard for the retail sector, covering food safety, quality, and responsible sourcing across all retail operations.DOWNLOAD STANDARD
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DOWNLOAD STANDARDSTORAGE AND DISTRIBUTION

Minimizes the risk of product contamination and ensures product quality is maintained throughout the supply chain.

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WHAT IS BRCGS CERTIFICATION?

BRCGS certification, formerly known as the British Retail Consortium Global Standards, is a globally recognized certification program that sets out standards for food safety, quality, and operational criteria across various industries. It provides a framework for companies to establish and maintain robust systems ensuring the safety, quality, and legality of their products.

The certification covers multiple sectors such as food manufacturing, packaging, storage, distribution, and consumer products. It assists organizations in implementing best practices related to hygiene, manufacturing processes, risk management (like Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points - HACCP), and quality management systems.

Achieving BRCGS certification involves a thorough auditing process conducted by accredited third-party certification bodies. Companies must demonstrate compliance with the specific BRCGS standards relevant to their industry to attain certification.

BRCGS certification is highly regarded globally and is often required by retailers and stakeholders in the supply chain. It helps companies enhance their reputation, build consumer trust, meet regulatory requirements, and improve overall operational efficiency by adhering to internationally recognized industry standards.

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COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH OBTAINING BRCGS CERTIFICATION:

The costs associated with obtaining BRCGS certification can vary significantly based on several factors, including the size of the organization, the complexity of its operations, the sector it operates in, the chosen BRCGS standard, and the certification body conducting the audit. Here's a breakdown of potential costs involved:

  1. Certification Body Fees: Organizations seeking BRCGS certification must engage an accredited certification body to conduct audits and grant certification. The fees charged by these certification bodies can vary based on the size and complexity of the operation, the number of employees, locations, and the chosen BRCGS standard (e.g., BRCGS Food Safety, Packaging, Storage, etc.).

  2. Consultancy Costs: Some organizations may opt to hire consultants to help them navigate the BRCGS certification process. Consultants can assist in ensuring compliance, preparing documentation, and streamlining processes to meet BRCGS standards. The cost of consultancy services will depend on the extent of assistance required.

  3. Training Expenses: Training employees to understand and implement BRCGS standards might involve costs. This could include courses, workshops, or educational materials to familiarize staff with BRCGS requirements and practices.

  4. Internal Costs: These include the resources, time, and effort expended by the organization's personnel in preparing for the certification. It involves tasks such as developing and implementing processes, documentation, and any necessary improvements to meet BRCGS standards.

  5. Recertification Costs: BRCGS certification is not a one-time expense. Organizations need to undergo regular audits (typically annually) to maintain certification. Recertification costs are incurred for subsequent audits and assessments.

  6. Infrastructure and Equipment Upgrades: In some cases, organizations might need to invest in infrastructure upgrades, technology, or equipment to meet the standards set by BRCGS.

The actual costs can vary significantly based on these factors. Small organizations might spend a few thousand dollars, while larger or more complex operations could incur significantly higher costs. It's advisable for businesses to obtain quotes from certification bodies, factor in potential consultancy and training expenses, and allocate resources accordingly to achieve and maintain BRCGS certification.

HOW LONG DOES THE BRCGS TAKE?

The timeline for obtaining BRCGS certification can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of the organization's operations, its readiness for certification, the chosen BRCGS standard, the certification body's schedule, and the speed at which the organization implements necessary changes to comply with BRCGS requirements. Here is a general overview of the BRCGS certification process timeline:

  1. Pre-Assessment (Optional): Before the formal certification process, some organizations opt for a pre-assessment to gauge their readiness. This step is not mandatory but can help identify gaps and prepare for the actual audit.

  2. Documentation and Preparation: Organizations need to review BRCGS standards, establish or update their food safety management systems, and document procedures and policies to meet the requirements. This stage duration can vary based on the organization's existing processes and level of compliance.

  3. Engaging a Certification Body: Contacting and selecting an accredited certification body is crucial. Scheduling the audit and agreeing on terms, including fees, is part of this phase.

  4. On-Site Audit: The certification body conducts an on-site audit to assess the organization's compliance with BRCGS standards. The duration of the audit can vary based on the organization's size and complexity.

  5. Audit Report and Corrective Actions: After the audit, the certification body provides a report highlighting areas of compliance and non-compliance. The organization needs to address any identified non-conformities (corrective actions).

  6. Certification Decision: The certification body evaluates the corrective actions taken. If the organization meets the necessary requirements, the certification body grants BRCGS certification.

The entire process typically takes several months from the initial preparation phase to certification. Smaller organizations with simpler operations might complete the process in a shorter timeframe, while larger or more complex organizations may take longer due to the intricacies of their operations and the time needed to implement necessary changes.

It's essential to note that maintaining certification involves regular audits (usually annually) to ensure ongoing compliance. Therefore, the certification process is not a one-time event but an ongoing commitment to meeting and maintaining BRCGS standards.

BENEFITS OF BRCGS CERTIFICATION

Having a BRCGS certification can offer a wide range of benefits for your business, depending on your specific industry and position within the supply chain. Here are some key advantages:

Increased Market Access:

    • Retailer & Brand Requirements: Many major retailers and brands require their suppliers to have BRCGS certification, making it essential for gaining access to these markets and expanding your customer base.
    • International Recognition: BRCGS is globally recognized across over 130 countries, opening doors to international trade opportunities.

Enhanced Food Safety:

    • Improved Compliance: BRCGS standards cover all aspects of food safety management, from hazard analysis to product traceability, helping you comply with regulations and minimize risks.
    • Reduced Recalls & Incidents: By implementing robust food safety measures, you can significantly reduce the chances of product recalls and foodborne illness outbreaks, protecting your brand reputation and consumer trust.

Operational Efficiency:

    • Standardized Processes: BRCGS helps you establish standardized processes throughout your operation, leading to improved efficiency, productivity, and cost savings.
    • Continuous Improvement: The auditing process encourages continuous improvement by identifying areas for enhancement and driving ongoing performance optimization.

Brand Reputation & Consumer Confidence:

    • Demonstrated Commitment: Holding a BRCGS certification showcases your commitment to food safety and quality, increasing consumer confidence and brand reputation.
    • Marketing Advantage: You can leverage the BRCGS logo on your products and marketing materials, highlighting your commitment to high standards.

Additional Benefits:

    • Improved Risk Management: Implementing BRCGS helps you identify and mitigate potential risks, leading to better control over your operation.
    • Enhanced Communication & Collaboration: The rigorous standards foster clearer communication and collaboration within your company and with suppliers.
    • Potential Insurance Discounts: Some insurance companies offer discounts for BRCGS-certified businesses due to their lower risk profile.

It's important to note that the specific benefits you experience will depend on your unique circumstances. However, BRCGS certification has consistently demonstrated its value for businesses across the food supply chain.