BRC Standards FAQ
- 1. What exactly are BRC Standards?
- Recognised across the European Union and
Worldwide, the British Retail Consortium (BRC) standards
were developed in the 1990's to govern food and packaging
quality and health and safety issues. The BRC Technical
Standard and Protocol was established for retailers selling
branded food products, while the Global Technical Standard
for Food Packaging Manufacturers deals with quality and
hygiene issues relating to companies who supply packaging to
the food industry.
- 2. What are the benefits of the standards?
- Becoming accredited for the BRC standards
means your company can benefit from:
- Streamlined daily operations and a lower amount of
food safety audits
- Enhanced standing in the eyes of staff, customers and
- Accreditation status reporting to customers who
recognise the standards
- Increased sales based on your ability to access contracts restricted to certificated suppliers
- 3. How can HPA help me with registration?
- With years of experience in helping
retailers and food packaging manufacturers achieve BRC
standards certification, Hatton Parkinson Associates will
audit your existing standards framework and suggest where
shortfalls exist for compliance implementation. We'll then
support you through the process of gaining certification
with an approved third party audit and assessment
- 4. Will the certification process make more work?
- No. The standards are actually designed
to cut your paperwork and streamline your working processes
going forward. Provided you have a practical and pragmatic
framework for running your business, there should be very
little extra documentation and work needed to meet the
- 5. What does this all cost?
- Not as much as you think. HPA offers flexible payment options to spread the
outlay, and Government grants may be available to pay up to 50% of the fees
for your organisation. Get in touch today and we'll discuss
how we can help you achieve certification for much less than
you initially thought.