Published 30 Aug 2021
A BRC Audit, or BRC Food Safety Audit, is the British Retail Consortium’s official assessment of a food manufacturer’s adherence to the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety. The BRC has recently released the latest version of their auditing code, Issue 8, and audits in accordance with it began on February 1st, 2019. This practice thoroughly examines all processes and documents involved in manufacturing food. The BRC has a grading system which depends on whether it’s announced or unannounced. Audits are mandatory but food sectors will be notified if the next visit will be announced or unannounced. This ensures that food producing companies strictly follow compliance in its daily operations.
This digitized self-assessment template can be used by managers to help assess how close is the business to meeting the requirements of BRC version 8. Managers can use this BRC audit checklist as a guide for the following:
BRC stands for the British Retail Consortium, a company formed by retailers which created a standard for food safety intended for businesses involved in food production.
BRC certification is a recognition given to businesses that have been audited and found to have met the BRC global standard for food safety.
Gaining certification will prove that the business is operating according to a recognized international standard for food safety. Being certified will also be advantageous for business as it can make partnerships move likely with other businesses that recognize or even require BRC certification.
Both schemes require a regularly evaluated and continuously improved upon: 1) food safety management system; 2) good manufacturing, distribution and agricultural practices; and 3) HACCP system.
BRC is more prescriptive on procedures and guidelines to follow for food safety while FSSC 22000 emphasises a framework approach helping a business implement their own system. FSSC 22000 expands upon ISO 22000, so for organizations already down this path, it may make sense to continue with FSSC 22000 certification.
The latest food safety version of BRC, issue 8, highlights the following requirements:
Senior management commitment – leaders of companies should help ensure the implementation and continuous improvement of food safety processes
The BRC certification process involves a third party audit on-site where all parts of the requirements are assessed. Depending on the assessed grade a re-certification audit will be required every 6 or 12 months.
iAuditor by SafetyCulture can help streamline your data capture and recordkeeping requirements. iAuditor’s mobile app lets you conduct paperless food safety inspections onsite. Look into photo evidence and key findings gathered during inspections and view trends anytime via the web platform.
To save you time, we have created these digital templates you can download and customize for free to assist with your BRC food certification requirements.
Use this HACCP plan template to evaluate how your system identifies and controls food safety hazards. You can use this template to:
This supplier audit checklist can be used to audit supplier facility. The template can serve as a guide for the inspector to evaluate the following areas:
This GMP food manufacturing audit template was based on 21 CFR Part 110. This can help as a guide when conducting food manufacturing audits. Site Supervisors can use this to:
Use this GFSI Checklist to perform a self-audit of your organization and ensure that you adhere to the Global Food Safety Initiative Standards.