COVID-19 Updates


Update as of March 24th, 2020

In line with Government advice we have suspended all physical on-site audits.

Update as of March 26th, 2020

In light of the developing global situation and the recent publication of the GFSI position statement, BRCGS has revised its guidance document BRC072. The intention is to ensure BRCGS and Certification Bodies continue to play a full and supportive role within the global food and drink industry at this difficult time.

In order to reduce stress on sites at this difficult time BRCGS have decided to remove the self-assessment and remote audit element from the certificate extension process.

BRCGS will now allow the extension of certificates up to a period of 6 months. This would only apply to suppliers that currently have restricted onsite access.

This extension will be based on a risk assessment by the site’s current certification body and will be validated and verified through the exchange of relevant documents and an interview process with the site.

There will be no BRCGS fees for this certificate extension.

Once the site becomes accessible, the full onsite audit will take place as normal and a new certificate will be issued for the ‘usual’ 12 months (dependent on grade).

BRCGS072 BRCGS Audits Impacted by Covid-19 has been updated and published on the BRCGS website 

Click here to view the revised document

Physical onsite unannounced audits

Unannounced audits remain suspended until the end of July 2020