For a company to be issued a certificate against any of BRC Global Standards they must be audited against the BRC Global Standard by an auditor who will issue a report. This report and the action taken by the company to correct identified non-conformities will be reviewed by an independent individual or panel of the certification body and certification approved or declined.
All certificates must be issued via a BRC Global Standards approved certification body. Therefore, any auditor must work for a certification body, which may be on an employed or contracted basis. An independent auditor cannot issue BRC Global Standards audit certificates.
The certification body is responsible for ensuring that the auditor fulfils the specified competency requirements, is registered with BRC Global Standards and that skills and knowledge of all registered auditors are maintained.
Generally auditors are required to have:
- An appropriate higher education qualification such as a degree or diploma
- Appropriate post qualification work experience (usually around 5 years in industry)
- A recognised third party auditor qualification
- Qualification in HACCP or risk assessment
- Audit experience – generally a specified number of audits including those against BRC Global Standards
- Completed BRC Global Standards training in the specified BRC Global Standard