British Retail Consortium (BRC) Standards
AIBI-CS offers certification to the BRC Global Standards for food safety, packaging and packaging materials, and storage and distribution.
These standards help promote consistency across the supply chain and cover critical topics such as HACCP system, factory environment, process control, quality management system, product control, and personnel.
What Are the Key Benefits?
BRC is often a good fit for companies who are new to certification audits because the standards are very descriptive in their expectations and provide clear direction for what is needed for each written program.
Why Use AIBI-CS Over Other BRC-Approved Certification Bodies?
- AIBI-CS is a 5-Star rated Certification Body, which indicates that our auditors are well calibrated. This means our clients are less likely to have their certificates revoked or withdrawn due to procedure error by the Certification Body.
- AIBl-CS is committed to providing the best possible products and services to our valued clients at the most competitive price points in the industry.
- 90% of companies using AIBI-CS as their certification body stay with us. The industry average is 79.9%.
- AIBI-CS is the leading provider of BRC audits in the US, leading in both the Food (25% market share) and Storage and Distribution sectors (53% market share).
What Is the BRC Certification Process?
An optional audit used to assess the level of a system’s compliance against the BRC Global Standard.
A combination document/facility audit with grading of A, B, C or D.
- Re-certification Audit
This audit verifies continued effectiveness of facility’s system and reviews past performance over the period of the certification. Grade C results in a surveillance audit within 6 months. Grades A and B result in certification for 12 months.
- Facilities that receive A or B grading receive certification for 12 months.
- Facilities that receive a C grading will need a surveillance audit at 6 months.
- Facilities that receive a D grading will need a revisit at 28 days and a surveillance audit at 6 months.
- Unannounced Audit
- Food – There are two types of unannounced audits.
- Both the document and physical audit are unannounced.
- The physical audit is unannounced, but the documentation audit is announced. Plants receiving an A or B grade will have a + added to their grade.
- Storage and Distribution – The physical part of the audit is conducted first and within 30 minutes of arriving on site. The certificate will state “unannounced.”