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BRCGS Food Safety Standard Issue 9

The launch of BRCGS Food Safety 9 represents a huge milestone in the development of the Standard – now the leading global food safety programme with over 22,000 certificated sites across more than 130 countries.

The Standard provides a framework for food manufacturers to assist them in the production of safe, authentic, legal food and to manage quality to meet customer requirements. Certification against the Standard is already recognised globally by many different types of stakeholders in the food industry, including retailers and specifiers, and as the leading Consumer Protection Organisation (CPO), BRCGS works hard to demonstrate the value of this certification to the global supply chain, including the end consumer.

Whilst some previous issues of the standard have led the way in terms of new content development, more often, it can be making small changes to help certificated sites develop robust food safety systems, which is a key principle of continual improvement. This is the case with Issue 9 and the launch is an event that deserves recognition. Richa Bedi-Navik, Senior Global Standards Manager at BRCGS.

What’s New in the 9th Edition?

BRCGS Issue 9 was released in August 2022, which incorporates the latest trends and industry requirements, with a continued emphasis on management commitment, a food safety programme based on HACCP, and supplorting quality management systems. The latest edition will focus on:

  • Fostering a deeper understanding and development of food safety culture
  • Ensure international applicability, compatibility with the general principles of the Codex Food Hygiene and compare it with the requirements of the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI)
  • Expanded audit options to include the use of information and communication technology (ICT) as part of a blended or hybrid approach to conducting an audit (i.e. a remote audit, followed by an on-site audit)
  • Update requirements associated with core product safety activities, such as internal audits, root cause analysis, preventative actions, and incident management
  • Provide greater clarity for establishments that perform primary conversion of animals and produce animal feed

There is also an update to the audit protocol, with mandatory unannounced audits to be conducted once every three years.

Issue 9 will be used for all audits conducted from 1 February 2023. Organisations currently certified against Issue 8 will remain valid for the duration indicated on the certificate.

On Demand Webinar: Overview of BRCGS Food Safety Issue 9

To help you get started with Issue 9 released Aug 1 2022, watch our on-demand webinar with Richa Bedi-Navik, Senior Global Standards Manager at BRCGS for an introduction to the new issue of the standard, information around the key changes and how to prepare for your next steps.
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