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BRC Versus ISO 9000

BRC or ISO 9000

ISO 9001 and its subsequent derivatives have been very successful in automotive & electrical industries. It brought essential focus on management of a business systems so vital in these industries. 
When used within food industry the same management of a business systems could not be readily adapted to food manufacture.
When food companies in the UK implemented ISO 9000 systems they miss-used them and as a result ISO 9001 was not considered appropriate for use in food manufacture.
Around the same time as this took place the UK regulatory authorities, retailers & leading suppliers came up with their own standard, called BRC. British retail Consortium (BRC for short) recognised a gap in the market for regulatory bodies and launched its own scheme.
By careful positioning the BRC standards had effectively sealed off entry to UK market for overseas goods & services. Indeed, the first thing anyone is usually asked is do you have BRC!!!
A new initiative is, Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) Certification. Due to complex challenges in today's food supply chain, many of the world's largest food retailers are mandating supplier certification to Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) schemes, which include SQF, BRC, IFS, FSSC, GLOBALG.A.P. and BAP and CanadaGAP.
ISO brought out ISO 22000 to compete with BRC and other GFSI accredited schemes. It has not been approved as a GFSI scheme so cannot be used as BRC look alike.
The difference between IS022000 & BRC standard is that: 
ISO22000 focuses more on integrating food safety management system with business objectives & the need for communication as well as an additional pre- requisite standard must be used
BRC standards focus more on improving a food safety management system by clearly addressing the pre-requisite programs as well as testing the product and focusing on highlighting control of food safety on a daily.
The BRC Global Standards are a set of industry-specific standards, focusing on one industry
sector, developed by industry for industry and focuses on product safety, and quality management
ISO 9000 & ISO 22000
Advantages & Disadvantages
• Excellent at bringing essential focus on management of a business systems
• Offers ordered management systems
• Popular in automatic & electrical industries
• Does not sit comfortably with Food Safety Management system with any GFSI approved screen
• Does not offer a “route to lucrative UK markets”
• Not recognised as approved GFSI scheme
• Does not focus on one industry
• Audits based to much on systems paperwork
• Audit every 3 years
• An approved GFSI scheme
• Offers ordered food specific management systems
• Recognised by major UK retailers, importers and storage and distribution hubs
• Is considered an essential “route to lucrative UK markets”
• Easily implemented
• Straight forward audit by recognised independent bodies
• Allows a company to fit smoothly into a supply chain
• Audits based around products & facilities
• Process driven product standard
• Standards cover all sectors of food supply chain
• Does not sit comfortably with some European countries
• Audits more frequent than ISO


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