An increasing number of wholesalers and retailers are looking for businesses to have a third party safety certification, such as BRC, across the entire supply chain. The BRC Agents and Brokers standard has been developed for companies in the food and/or food packaging supply chain who provide the services of purchase, importation or distribution of products.
This standard looks to ensure product safety, quality and legality for non-manufacturing businesses in the food and packaging industries. Businesses with a BRC Agents and Brokers certification can demonstrate to new and existing customers that they have a robust product safety system in place to provide confidence in the quality and legality of their products.
Is this standard appropriate for my business?
Companies that trade between a manufacturer or broker and their customers, but do not own or take title to the goods.
Companies that purchase or ‘take title to’ products for resale to manufacturers, other brokers or retailers of food service companies, but not directly to the consumer.
Companies that facilitate the movement of products across national boundaries, satisfying legal and customs requirements.
What are the benefits of BRC Agents and Brokers Certification?
If you are looking to expand your business and meet the supplier approval requirements of potential or existing clients, the majority of retailers and wholesalers will look for suppliers to have a third party standard such as BRC across the entire supply chain. In passing the audit for BRC Agents and Brokers, you demonstrate to potential customers that you are taking the necessary steps to ensure that the quality of the product is maintained whilst it is under your control. The cost of a BRC Agents and Brokers audit will depend on the certification body you choose to conduct the audit, and the number of days it takes to carry out the audit (typically one day).
What does the standard cover?
• Management and commitment – the support of senior management is crucial in securing successful BRC certification. Sufficient resources, effective communication, system reviews and opportunities for improvement will be required.
• Hazard and risk assessment – a hazard and risk analysis must be documented, fully implemented and maintained in compliance with HACCP.
• Product safety and quality management system – establish requirements for document control, internal auditing, control of non-conforming products and the management of incidents and product recalls.
• Supplier and sub contracted service management – this section looks to ensure that products and services are only sources from approved manufactures with a traceable supply chain.
• Personnel – establish the level of standard needed to ensure employees are adequately trained to carry out their duties.
How can we help?
To efficiently achieve certification, our consultants specialise in developing bespoke solutions that minimise spend on time and costs. Our BRC Agents and Brokers consultants specialise in applying a pragmatic approach for our clients, this ensures that the systems we introduce are proportionate to the business and remove the risk of unnecessary spend.
To start the route to certification, one of our highly qualified consultants will conduct an on-site gap analysis to assess the existing level of compliance.
A Gap Analysis will assess:
• what food safety systems are currently in place
• how current systems compare to requirements of the standard
• paperwork systems
• personnel requirements
The results of a Gap Analysis will highlight any areas of weakness that may need improvement in order to achieve certification.
Throughout the process to certification, we are always on hand to assist in any way possible to ensure a smooth transition to certification. Our highly qualified consultants are available across the UK.
For an idea of the costs of BRC certification or any other information, talk to an expert on 08450 267 745 or submit an enquiry below.