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BRC – Global Markets Programme for Manufacturers of Food Packaging


According to the Food Safety Act of 1990, retailers are, like other food companies, obliged to exercise due diligence when developing, manufacturing, distributing, marketing and selling food products and to take all the required precautions.

For example, this obligation includes inspection and testing of food companies. This inspection and testing has been autonomously performed by British retailers using internally developed standards for many years. In 1998, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) developed and introduced the technical standard and protocol for companies delivering their own brands (private labels). In the last few years the technical standard, which had mainly been developed for the delivery of private labels, has been used by all the sector of food industry. There are exact specifications for the certification procedure and detailed questions about different topics relating to inspection and testing of private labels. Thanks to this, the trade company interested obtains information on the safe manufacturing of food. This helps to increase the consumer’s confidence in food quality and safety.

  • supporting retailers in fulfilling the legal requirements and evidencing compliance with all the adequate precautions and exercise of due diligence
  • protecting the consumer by the control of important health risks emanate from food
  • higher product safety and lower product liability risks
  • people motivation
  • increasing customer satisfaction
  • guaranteeing competitiveness
  • all food companies manufacturing private labels
  • food manufacturers that deliver their products to Great Britain and are requested to meet the requirements this clientele places on product safety, quality and legality

The BRC Global Standard Food corresponds to the Guidance Document of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), a guideline for establishing food safety standards, which is recognized by international trade. The requirements are combined to topics that need to be fulfilled in their entirety but also relating to the required details.

The BRC Standard does not only establish the requirements placed on the company but also the requirements placed on the certification bodies and auditors.

There is a four-stage classification system. Audit success and final classification depend on the number and kind of nonconformities.

The requirements placed on companies include the correct application of the HACCP System, a quality management system that works well and implementation of “good manufacturing practice” (GMP). Compliance with legal requirements is a basic requirement.

If the results are bad, audits will be conducted every 6 months.

Since February 2006, Quality Austria - Trainings, Zertifizierungs und Begutachtungs GmbH has been accredited for certifications based on the BRC Standard acc. to ÖNORM EN ISO/TS 17065 by the BMWFW - Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy and has thus been registered as an Austrian certification body by the British Retail Consortium BRC.

ISO 9001, ISO 22000, ISO/TS 22002-1/-4, IFS Food, CAC/RCP 1-1969 (Rev. 4 -2003), BRC/IOP, IFS Logistic, BRC CP (Consumer products), IFS HPC, FSSC


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Mr. Wolfgang Leger-Hillebrand

Executive Vice President Sector Management Food Safety

Mr. Dr. Johannes Bergmair

Network partner, Product Expert Packaging