BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 7
The BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 7 was published in January 2015, setting the latest benchmarks for best practice in food manufacture. Issue 7 will replace Issue 6 for all audits from the 1 July 2015.
Issue 7 has been developed to specify the food safety, quality and operational criteria required to be in place within a food manufacturing organisation to fulfil obligations with regard to legal compliance and protection of the consumer. The format and content of the Standard is designed to allow an assessment of a company’s premises, operational systems and procedures by a competent third party, the certification body, against the requirements of the Standard.
The latest issue of this BRC Global Standard focuses on:
- ensuring consistency of the audit process
- providing a Standard that is flexible enough to allow extra voluntary modules to reduce the audit burden
- encouraging systems to reduce exposure to fraud
- promoting greater transparency and traceability in the supply chain
- encouraging adoption of the Standard in small sites and facilities where processes are still in development
Issue 7 focuses the audit towards the implementation of good manufacturing practices within production. Increased emphasis has been placed on areas which usually have the highest rate of recalls and withdrawals, such as labelling and packing. Issue 7 continues to highlight management commitment and Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP)-based food safety programmes. Support for quality management systems is another key focus.
To allow sites time to fully comply with the new regulations introduced for Issue 7, our Technical team have decided to implement a phased introduction of the new requirement in clause 188.8.131.52 of the Standard. Please read the Position Statement for details.
You can find out more about the Standard and steps to certification in our Quick Guide for Issue 7. If you are starting to prepare your site for audits against Issue 7, you may find our self assessment tool useful.
With Issue 7 we have also launched the Global Markets programme, to provide opportunities to recognise and encourage the development of food safety systems in small sites where the full requirements of the Standard may add less value, and in sites that are still developing food safety management systems. The new Global Markets programme will enable audits and recognition against a set of requirements of the Standard identified as basic level and a further set of requirements at intermediate level.
You can view the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 7, as well as the Interpretation Guideline, supporting publications and additional resources quickly and easily via BRC Participate, our online subscription platform. BRC Participate is an innovative and powerful online management system that gives you immediate access to all the documents relevant to a particular Standard, linking them clause by clause. To find out more and to subscribe, visit BRC Participate.
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