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BRCGS Food Safety

The BRCGS Food Safety Standard is for food manufacturing businesses and provides a framework to manage product safety, integrity, legality, authenticity, quality and the operational controls for these criteria in the food & food ingredient manufacturing, processing and packing industry.

This standard cannot be applied to activities relating to manufacture of packaging or to wholesale, importation, distribution or storage outside the direct control of the company.

BRCGS frequently (typically every 3 years) updates the standards in line with newly emerging developments and GFSI requirements.

The current BRCGS Food Safety Standard is in Issue 8.

Be aware that BRCGS may publish several position statements and guidance documents during the life cycle of the standard. These additional statements and guidance documents may be binding to the certification audit process.

Additional Vulnerary Modules (AVM) have been designed allow a business site to demonstrate compliance to specific sets of requirements to meet market or consumer requirements. The voluntary modules can be added to any of the full certification audits.  Here are some examples of AVMs: Traded Goods, FSMA Preventive Controls Preparedness Module, Meat Supply Chain Assurance etc.


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There are several aspects to consider when implementing and/or maintaining a BRCGS standard. Professional and correct advise is crucial. Do not hesitate to contact Ulrich today.


I have been working with Ulrich and QSD for the past 12 years and I cannot speak highly enough of Ulrich. His professionalism, high level of expertise, efficiency and knowledge base is truly a unique find. He has never failed Ishka Irish Spring Water over the years when we sought guidance on any aspect of HACCP or the development of our Quality Management System. As the company has expanded, Ulrich has continued to develop specific Training Courses to suit the requirements of our company, and continues to refresh and upgrade our food safety skills. QSD also offer an invaluable service with regards to continually keeping us up to date on the latest Food Safety Legislation, BRC Position statement updates etc… which is a very valuable resource to have. We always feel extremely confident going into audits as a result of Ulrich’s expert guidance in preparing us for same. I have absolutely no hesitation in highly recommending Ulrich and QSD for the continued development of your HACCP and Quality Management Systems.

Mairead Wharton-Evans
Quality Manager – Ishka Irish Spring Water Ltd, Co. Limerick


BRCGS consultants are up-to-date with the Global Standards and are able to consult with professionalism, integrity and competence. Availing of the advice of QSD can be a huge benefit on your journey towards gaining or maintaining certification.