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BRC Global Standards

British Retail Consortium

In 1998, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) developed BRC Food, a mandatory standard for all suppliers of retailers in the United Kingdom.

The existence of suppliers around the world led to this standard being quickly adopted in various continents, allowing for a reduction in the number of audits and a standardisation of the evaluation criteria and requirements.

The success and high level of acceptance of this standard resulted in the first edition of BRC Packaging in 2002, BRC Consumer Products in 2003, and BRC Storage and Distribution in 2006. Each of these standards are regularly reviewed, and a comprehensive review takes place every 3 years, following intensive consultation with all stakeholders and interested parties.


The BRC standards provided by APCER are:

Certification according to this standard is designed to ensure that the quality and safety criteria outlined in the standard – which are required for an organization to supply distributors/retailers of food products in the United Kingdom – are complied with.

BRC Food certification assumes the adoption and implementation of the HACCP methodology, the existence of a documented and effective quality management system, and the control of the environmental conditions of the facilities and of the product, process and people. This standard is currently being adopted by suppliers in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, and North and South America, clearly proving that it is a global standard.

The BRC Packaging standard is applied to the producers of packaging which is likely to come into direct contact with food products. As a result, the standard compels producers to establish appropriate control systems in order to ensure food safety.

The BRC (British Retail Consortium) and the IOP (The Packaging Society) developed this standard to give retailers and producers full compliance with their legal obligations.

The BRC Storage and Distribution standard defines a series of good practices to ensure the safety of the product, as well as the development, implementation and maintenance of the operational management of any organization involved in the storage and/or distribution of goods.

This standard is also relevant to organizations that store and/or distribute food, consumer products and packaging materials.

Applied to all kinds of transportation.

Agents and Brokers do not produce. Instead they buy, sell or facilitate the trade of products. They can also be importers/ exporters. They are a critical link in the movement and trade of products, influencing a supplier’s product safety and quality standards, as well as being responsible for maintaining an effective traceability chain.

The BRC for Agents and Brokers was developed to provide a structure for managing a product’s safety, quality and legality for these non-production businesses in the food and packaging industries.


Within the partnership of APCER and ISACERT, the BRC certification process is performed under RvA (Dutch Council for Accreditation) accreditation.

The main benefits of the implementation and subsequent certification in accordance with this standard include:

Valuing products through compliance with a universally recognized standard (Global Food Safety Initiative);

Accessing new customers, markets, suppliers and retailers, whether local or global;

Promoting the continuous improvement of the quality, hygiene and safety of products and consequently promoting consumer protection;

Reducing exposure of the product to food safety risks;

Having easier access to B2B (business to business) companies.

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