Food Safety

British Retail Consortium (BRC)



There are currently four BRC Global Standards that specify the requirements for an organisation to enable the production, packaging, storage and distribution of safe food and consumer products.

Developed in the UK, the BRC standards are now recognised worldwide and are required by many retailers and branded manufacturers in the UK, EU and North America. Approved certification bodies conduct audits in New Zealand on the behalf of the retailers and manufacturers thus reducing the costs to you.

Telarc is able to provide audits against the BRC Global Standard for Food through SAI Standards. The standard is comprehensive and focuses on safety, legality and quality. It has detailed requirements based on the Codex Alimentarius HACCP principles.  BRC fit a longside with existing ISO and HACCP management systems.

Telarc has the ability to integrate and combine audits, which provides you with the benefits of reduced time on site and costs to your company.

Certification Process

  • Contact us to start the certification process. One of our auditors will talk you through the application and certification process.
  • To start the certification process you must purchase a copy of the BRC Global Standard for Food directly from the BRC website.
  • Following this the company is advised to conduct a preliminary self assessment. There are some training courses available; also some guidance information relating to specific industry is available directly from the BRC website.
  • If required one of our BRC approved auditors can undertake a gap audit to assess how far away your systems are from the BRC Global Standard.
  • Telarc will then conduct the certification audit on behalf of SAI Global. The time on site is dependent on the staff numbers, site size and complexity of the operations. The auditor will provide you with a list of non-conformances in which there are 28 days to provide evidence of corrective actionsand root cause back to the auditor.
  • At this stage a certification decision will be made by SAI Global.
  • A certificate and written report will be provided to you within approximately 42 days of the audit.
  • A copy of the report will also be forwarded to the BRC and loaded on to their website.
  • Subsequent audits are held six or twelve monthly depending on the previous grade awarded on your certificate.
  • There is also an option for the auditor to conduct unannounced audits if you choose.

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