Frequently Asked Questions

The frequently asked questions relating to the Global Standards certification scheme

Specifiers

  • How do I use the BRC Directory to measure my suppliers?

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    The BRC Global Standards Directory is the official online database for all sites that have been audited against a BRC Global Standard. It was designed in conjunction with retailers and Certification Bodies to be a secure, password protected method of storing and sharing audit data. The BRC Global Standards Directory is managed and maintained by over 90 Certification Bodies and currently holds over 20,000 audits. Only Certification Bodies can add reports, and all reports are read-only PDFs. Site owners are unable to amend or delete an audit.

  • Why ask your suppliers to be BRC certificated?

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    BRC Global Standards is a leading global brand recognised by thousands of customers worldwide, and has certificated over 25,000 suppliers in over 100 countries around the globe. BRC Global Standards help your suppliers embed reliable processes, systems and – crucially – behaviours. So almost any organisation involved in the production of goods will see the benefits of being certificated against BRC Global Standards, which have been designed to help embed quality processes, policies and procedures and to help reduce risks to your customers.

  • Are they achievable and cost effective?

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    Developed by industry experts and other leading stakeholders, the BRC Global Standards are rigorous and detailed, yet easy for your supplier to understand – whether they’re an established global supplier or based in an emerging market. The Standards take a common sense, risk-based approach, and provide a clear step-by-step path towards certification. There’s also a comprehensive support package to get your suppliers started. And because there’s a straightforward certification process it means there are no hidden costs. If your supplier is prepared and confident about achieving certification, the only cost will be that of the audit. That will be charged at the local rate too. The BRC Global Standards are currently available in 15 languages with additional translations being developed to further improve your suppliers’ understanding and consistency. Recognition of the BRC Global Standards by your suppliers will also reduce the need for expensive duplicate audits.

  • How do you train the auditors?

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    All our audits are carried out by a global network of highly trained certification bodies and training providers. We have exceptionally high standards when it comes to the competence, qualifications and experience of our auditors, and they’re closely monitored too. This ensures the audit standards are stringently maintained. Audit reports are standardised too so there’s consistency worldwide.

  • What ongoing technical support do you provide?

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    We have an established, highly experienced BRC Technical team that provides support and leadership and is available to answer any technical questions. We also have expert International Technical Committees to ensure the ongoing development of the Standards through a process of collaboration and continuous improvement. If any of your suppliers or customers has any issues, there’s an established and transparent complaints procedure that ensures matters are investigated thoroughly and vigorously followed up.

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