The following position statements are shown in date order, most recent first.
To see the position statement documents, click on the link in the document details column. Changes from the previous version are highlight in yellow.
Last reviewed 25th March 2021
All COVID-19 related position statements are now stored in one place: What are the options for BRCGS audit during COVID-19?
Additional 60 minutes allowed for covid requirements (e.g. auditor testing).
Date for suspension of unannounced audits extended until 31st Dec 2021.
Added details for when your blended audit is combined with another GFSI audit. And, addition of the gluten free certificate to the blended audit option.
Details on how to complete a BRCGS blended audit, which is part remote and part on site.
Branding logo change – no additional requirements.
- Culture is now a requirement in line with GFSI benchmarking and will be audited from 1st Feb 2021.
- Change to the statement of intent for hazard analysis to state that CODEX principles are needed, even if a CODEX system isn’t followed. This shouldn’t change what you do in principle, as long as you were following the CODEX principles (which most sites are anyway). Effective from 1st Feb 2021 also.
- Your site now needs to notify your Certification Body within 3 working days, if you recieve an enforcement notice from your local authority. This needs adding to your incident procedure. Effective from 1st Feb 2021 also.
- When using a supplier audit to approve a manufacturer or packer, the audit must already cover traceability, product safety, hazard analysis review, product defence and authenticity. You now need to also confirm that the site has effective systems for these, in their own management system. Effective from 1st Feb 2021 also.
Logo changes, no change to content.
Updated clause to comply with GFSI for product deference and product authenticity (4.1.2). Effective 1st Feb 2019
Exclusions from scope are now permitted, as long as they cover the whole of the product. I.e all consumer products are excluded from scope, or all packaging products are excluded from scope etc. Effective 13th June 2018 (i.e. effective immediately)