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Why the BRC Standard?


What is the BRC Standard?


 Is the BRC Standard relevant to you?


The British Retail Consortium (BRC) standard was developed in 1998 to provide a food safety, legality and quality standard for companies either supplying retailer branded food products or into food service providors. The standard was drawn up in the main by UK supermarket retailers and leading food industry specialists to assist them in their fulfillment of legal obligations towards the protection of the consumer. The standard encompasses fundamental principles detailed in the food safety act and also an amalgam of the retailer's own standards.

The BRC standard is recognised by the majority of supermarkets, leading processors and food service companies. The Standard is being used as a vehicle to approve a supplier, indeed in many instances it is a required standard to supply certain companies.

The BRC Standard is being adopted not only in the UK but also worldwide as it is seen as an entry into premium UK markets.


One of its initial advantages was that it could reduce the number of audits of a supplier and allow all parties to concentrate on other areas (e.g. production development).

Due to copyright reasons we are unable to provide copies of the Standard but details of how to obtain a copy of the relevant BRC TECHNICAL STANDARD & INSPECTION PROTOCOL are available on their website under the section 'guides'.

 A limited number of accredited companies are approved to undertake audits and issue certificates against the BRC Standard. Whilst each company is accredited to carryout audits to the standards the choice of inspection body has to be carefully considered to ensure its audit is recognised by the relevant customer.


 AFQS Ltd and the BRC Standard


 As BRC Consultants AFQS Ltd works totally independently of the verification organisation and as such can advise companies as to what they need to do to progress towards the completion of a successful BRC audit.

The work we can do for you is as follows:

  • A one-off 'MOT' audit of your systems to assess how close you are to the required standard.
  • Help your technical staff up-grade your food quality and safety system to the BRC standard.
  • Undertake a more comprehensive re-build of a system for you and train appropriate staff.
  • Completely install a food quality and safety system to the BRC Standard and train appropriate staff.

We can meet your specific needs

We are located at:

AFQS Limited


PO Box 3186





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Office +44 (0) 1782 510800

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