Besides the Global Standard for Food Safety and the Global Standard for Packaging Materials, the British Retail Consortium BRC has, in cooperation with RILA (Retail Industry Leaders Association), developed a standard exclusively addressing manufacturers of non-food products. This was necessary because the British retailers were increasingly becoming aware of the fact that the so-called non-food products can lead to risks for the end user, just like food. A Certificate based on BRC Consumer Products means that the company works according to the opportunities offered by "best practice" and is committed to manufacturing products that are safe, comply with legislation and are high-quality. The standard is usable for almost all products, which range from tobacco and clothing via electrical appliances and tooling for the house and garden to bicycles and toys.
- increasing the buyers' confidence;
- higher product safety;
- lower product liability risks;
- implementing processes that are safer and more efficient;
- identifying risks for the consumer relating to hygiene and safety of the consumer goods in due time
Both private labels and manufacturers' brands are integrated. The most important challenges when fulfilling the criteria are as follows:
- keeping the legal rules (EU General Product Safety Directive/2005);
- keeping the required preventive actions;
- identifying the importance of the development of products that are usable and safe for the consumer
The standard includes criteria for altogether four product groups. Allocation to the groups depends on the scope of the respective requirements and the risk for the consumers. For each of the product groups, specific requirements are defined in six chapters with the following important contents:
Chapter 1 – Product risk management
Chapter 2 – Product management system
Chapter 3 – Standards for the work environment
Chapter 4 – Product control
Chapter 5 – Process control
Chapter 6 – People hygiene and training
As is common at BRC, nonconformities will be classified as being critical, major or minor. Critical and major nonconformities will have to be eliminated within 90 days - only at initial certification. In all the other cases, corrections will demonstrably have to be made within 28 days. The test intervals depend on the respective product group.
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