Food safety

The largest global GFSI manufacturing scheme

About additional modules

In addition to the core BRC Global Standard we have developed a range of additional modules that can be added to the normal audit process. This offers some great customer advantages:

  • Reduce audit burden (and therefore cost) by including requirements that historically needed a separate audit; for example, second party audits.
  • Meet specific geographic or customer needs, especially when a brand owner or specifier wants additional requirements to complement the Standard.
  • Apply to particular types of operations or look in greater detail at a particular market concern, e.g. gluten free, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), or organisational food safety culture.

How does it work?

When a site wants to adopt any of our additional modules they must notify their chosen certification body in advance of the BRC Global Standards audit.

  • The BRC Global Standard and any additional module requirements are audited together – this may increase the total duration of the audit depending on the number of requirements in the additional module.
  • Non-conformities for both the BRC Global Standard and the additional module will be identified during the audit; however, non-conformities against requirements of the additional module are not included in the assessment of grading for the BRC Global Standard for Food Safety Issue 8.
  • Non-conformities relating to the additional module must be corrected and evidence provided alongside any from the BRC Global Standard.
  • There is no grading of the additional module, but rather a pass/fail.

There are two types of additional modules:

  • Public modules which are recorded on the BRC Global Standards audit report and visible in the public section of the BRC Global Standards Directory.
  • Private modules which relate to the requirements of a specific company or customer and are uploaded to a separate section of the BRC Global Standards Directory which is only visible to the audited site and, where applicable, the specific customer.

Other BRC websites

  • BRC Global Standards Participate

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