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What is BRC Certification?


The British Retail Consortium or BRC as it's known, is the leading trade body for UK retail producers. It has developed a set of Global standards, which is an international product safety & quality certification program used by thousands of suppliers in more than 120 countries across the globe (as of November 2016). It does not matter if you are a small independent producer or a multi-national food chain the British Retail Consortium protects your interests in the safe products you can deliver.

The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety was the first accredited, and certified standard approved by the Global Food Safety Initiative(GFSI) in 1998. It sets out the requirements for food manufactures, processors, and food businesses, it also covers food or ingredients used by food manufacturers and catering companies.

The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety is currently based on 7 principles to address food safety.

  • Senior Management Commitment & Continual Improvement
  • Food Safety Plan HACCP- Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Point Programme.
  • Food Safety & Quality Management System
  • Site Standards & expectations for the production environment
  • Product control, inspection & testing.
  • Process control ensuring that documented HACCP plans are used.
  • Personnel standards for staff training, protective clothing, and personal hygiene.

The whole programme is designed as a support frame work for retailers and brand owners, ensuring they can honestly show 'due diligence' under EU and UK law in the event of an incident and potential prosecution.

How can ML3 Technical help?

Preparation and the subsequent audit demonstrates competence in HACCP, workplace hygiene, food safety and quality control systems.

Attaining certification to the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety demonstrates your company's food safety professionalism in a single, widely recognised food safety management system.

The accreditation is fully in tune with the vision of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), ensuring your stands are in keeping with the expectations of many of the world's major retail outlets and food manufactures.

But where to start. Looking at the standard may seem daunting, however, by using the ML3 Technical Services Limited system, we have taken a lot of the hassle and stress out of the process. We have put the system into many businesses (12) and have passed all audits the first time, with many achieving a A or AA standard. Whilst we can't guarantee a pass or a set grade, we will ensure the quality system side meets the requirements.

Whether you want a bespoke system, or want to purchase a customisable set of documents, our approach will allow you to concentrate to getting your day to day work done and also prepare for the BRC audit.

For further information please call us on 01228 907906 or 07792 050882 you can also email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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