BRC- British Retail Consortium
The Global Standard for Food Safety was
first developed in 1998 by the food service industry to enable suppliers
to be audited by third party Certification Bodies against a single
consistent standard, reducing duplication of effort and enabling the
retail industry to focus activities on areas of competitive advantage.
Built on the principles of clear risk based requirements, informative
report format and auditor competence, the
Standard has continued to develop and evolve with input from a wider
base of international stakeholders including retailers, caterers, food
manufacturers and Certification Bodies.
The Standard is closely managed by the BRC
who license the use of the Standard to Certification Bodies who must be
both accredited by their national Accreditation Body and abide by strict
BRC requirements for auditor competency, reporting and performance.