With over 33,000 clients in the food, beverage, retail and hospitality sectors, LRQA is a global provider of BRCGS Food Safety audits to a huge range of customers.
First published in 1998, BRCGS Food Safety provides a framework to manage product safety, integrity, legality, quality, and operational controls for these criteria in the food manufacturing, processing, and packing industry. BRCGS Food Safety is recognised by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI); successful certification enables access to key markets.
The 9th issue of the standard was launched in August 2022. LRQA can help to ensure you meet the new audit criteria.
Our BRCGS Food Safety Services
Expand your knowledge of BRCGS Food Safety with our range of courses that have been designed for varying levels of experience and learning styles.
An optional service where one of our expert auditors helps you identify any weak areas or non-conformities prior to your formal BRCGS Food Safety audit.
An independent two-phase approach that provides a clear statement of your capabilities. Accredited certification helps you build trust with stakeholders and win new business.
Why work with us?
Local & global expertise
We match expert assessors with deep industry knowledge to your business; enabling a robust audit of your system. Assessors are specialists not only in understanding the potential in cutting-edge ideas but in applying this knowledge pragmatically in ways which guarantee impact today and in the long-term.
Our BRCGS Food Safety training and certification services can be delivered both on-site or remotely using secure technology. If you opt for our remote delivery methods, you’ll receive the same high-quality service.
Our assessors are industry specialists who are matched with your business needs to ensure we add value through an effective and robust audit of your system and by making the appropriate recommendations to improve your management system and business at the same time.
All BRCGS services
BRCGS aims to improve brand confidence for organizations through rigorous supply chain assurance. We offer a total of 7 BRCGS services – from packaging materials to distribution. Check out all our BRCGS services.
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What is BRCGS certification?
BRCGS is a certification scheme that provides a framework for managing product safety and quality. There are 4 BRCGS standards for certification for food manufacturing, package manufacturing and storage and distribution. The BRCGS Food, Packaging and Storage Distribution standards are all GFSI Benchmarked as equivalent to FSSC, IFS, and SQF standards.
What are the benefits of BRCGS Certification?
The benefits of BRCGS Certification are:
New business opportunities
Improve your ability to work with the many organizations for which BRCGS certification is a contractual obligation or expectation.
Customer confidence in your brand
The standard helps you protect your brand, giving customers confidence in your production programs and supply chain management.
Supply chain access
The Global Standard for Food Safety is accepted and specified by many global retailers, manufacturers, ingredients companies, food service organizations and raw material processors as part of their supplier approval process.
Certification against one of the leading standards in your sector sets you apart from uncertified competitors.
How long does BRCGS certification last?
The certification is valid for a year from the date of issue. To maintain certification, the organisation must pass an annual audit.
Some certification bodies may conduct unannounced audits during the certification period. These audits will take place at any time without prior notice.
How much does BRCGS certification cost?
The cost of BRCGS certification varies depending on multiple factors such as the size of the organization, the organization structure, and the scope of the certification. To request a quote based on your specific needs contact us here.
What is the typical BRCGS certification process?
The path your organisation takes to achieve BRCGS certification depends on your business's size, maturity, and existing approach to managing risk, amongst other factors. But the standard process to becoming IFS certified includes three main steps.
Your organization can request a voluntary BRCGS pre-audit as preparation for the initial BRCGS certification audit. When your organization is ready, request the initial certification audit. The aditor will go on-site to review your product safety and quality systems, products and production processes in line with relevant BRCGS requirements. The auditor will issue an action plan listing all the findings and your company will have to complete it detailing the implemented corrections and the proposed corrective actions. The report and action plan released by the auditor is the subject of an indpeendent technical review. Based on the result of the technical review, the certificate issuance is recommended or not.
What is new in BRCGS Food Safety version 9?
BRCGS Food Safety version 9 includes several updates and changes to the standard. The new version looks at risk with importance given to food safety culture, hazard and risk analysis, and supplier management. In addition, a number of changes have been introduced to bring the standard in line with the GFSI Requirements.
Are you already certified to BRCGS and would like to transfer?
If you hold a valid accredited certificate of approval with another provider and you are considering making the move, transferring your BRCGS Food Safety certification to LRQA is simple. We'll work with you to ensure your transfer is as smooth as possible.
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