BRC Storage & Distribution Certification (now BRCGS)

The BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution is a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized certification program designed for companies that store and/or distribute food, consumer products and packaging material.

Certification to the BRC Storage and Distribution Standard is an internationally recognised mark of excellence, which verifies a site’s good distribution practices. The goal of the Standard is to ensure that the quality and safety of products during storage and distribution are maintained. Certification is granted when a site demonstrates compliance with all requirements of the Standard during a third-party audit conducted by a BRC approved certification body (CB). The BRC ensures confidence in certification by rating approved CBs based on their technical performance and efficiency in customer service. FoodChain ID Certification is a highly-rated, accredited CB approved by the BRC to certify sites against the BRC Storage and Distribution Standard.

BRC certification is recognized for its rigor and international acceptance, which helps raise the credibility of the site and reduce supply chain audits.  Certified storage and distribution operations can gain access to new markets as certification assures companies that their products will be managed in a safe and legal manner protecting against loss from activities such as temperature abuse, physical damage, and theft. Additionally, certified sites will be publically listed in the BRC Directory marking the site’s achievement.

Standard requirements set forth an effective framework by which the site can better identify risks in its operation and threats to security. Requirements can also help improve operational efficiencies and reduce damage and waste through implementation of a quality management system. Finally, the Standard supports legal compliance and due diligence through contract, traceability and record keeping requirements.

Storage and distribution operations supplying companies with food, packaging and/or consumer products can benefit from BRC certification. Food products are particularly subject to contamination or adulteration if not managed in a controlled and secure environment. Operations managing food products at different points in the food supply chain (e.g. from grower to retailer or distribution centre to individual stores) can achieve the necessary level of control by implementing a product safety management system in compliance with the Storage and Distribution Standard. In many cases, retailers and other supply chain partners may require a site to achieve certification to provide assurance that products are managed in accordance with safe and legal practices.

To support the variety of services often performed by storage and distribution operations, sites may expand their product safety management system to include activities such as wholesaling, product inspection and contract packing and achieve certification against the relevant module. This demonstrates a site’s ongoing commitment to maintaining product safety and quality across the supply chain.

The cost of BRC certification depends on many factors regarding your facility, including the size of the facility and the scope that the certification needs to cover. To take the first steps in becoming BRC certified please contact us to assess the requirements of your business. We can then provide a competitive quotation.

BRC Participate is the most convenient and flexible way to access all the content produced by BRC Global Standards. BRC Participate is a managed, subscription-based, online service that subscribers can access to view content. Download PDFs of the BRC Global Standards and access Interpretation Guidelines and supporting publications online, selecting your language of choice where translations are available.

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