The following position statements are shown in date order, most recent first.

Unfortunately due to copyright we now cannot show changes to the position statements in yellow – as we are only able to link to documents on the BRCGS website. This also means that where position statements are not available on the BRCGS website – we can’t link to them for you. Apologies for this.

Last reviewed 23rd Sept 2021

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Version 2: 24th 1st April 2021

BRCGS085 GuidanceforSites Manufacturing CBD products

NEW:Version 2

Clarification on which Standard would be used to certificate CBD products, if relevant and permitted legally.

Version 1.1

Updated to widen the scope to include food products and therefore reference to the Food Safety Standard.

Version 1

Guidance on the manufacturing of CBD products (cannabis).

Version 4: 17th March 2021

F837 Position statement Issue 8

NEW: Version 4

Clarification that home laundry is only allowed for low risk, enclosed product or non-product areas AND where the clothing is not worn to protect the product.

Clarification for GFSI benchmarking that the raw material risk assessment must cover the risks from the animal and carcass. And that factory specifications must include the key processing requirements such as times and temperatures post slaughter and processing.

Version 3

Clarifies that not all products require environmental monitoring based on risk.

Version 2

Clarifies that fully cooked crustaceans must be handled in a high risk area.  High care areas will be permitted until issue 9 is published, however, there must be robust and validated food safety controls in place to prevent pathogenic contamination of cooked products. Effective 3rd Sept 2019 (i.e. immediate effect)

From issue 9 all fully cooked crustacean products must be handled in high risk facilities.  Effective issue 9

Version 1

Provides clarity for minor and major non-conformances against the culture clause (1.1.2). Effective 1st June 2019

Also clarifies that a site will not get a non-conformance if they haven’t completed their one year review, because one year has not yet passed from the go live date of issue 8. Effective 1st June 2019

Clarifies that sites cannot change certification body if; they fail their audit (and therefore lose their certificate) or if they want to re-do their audit early to improve their grade (as the last audit was downgraded), unless agreed in writing with BRC prior to the audit.  Also, that if a site fails an audit, they can go to a new certitfication body if 6 months has passed with BRC agreement, as this is treated as a new audit. Effective 1st June 2019

Version 3: 12th March 2021 (NEW)

BRCGS089 Unnanounced

Version 3

Additional 60 minutes allowed for covid requirements (e.g. auditor testing).

Version 2.1

Date for suspension of unannounced audits extended until 31st Dec 2021.

Version 3.1 1st March 2021 (NEW)

BRCGS080 Blended audits

Version 3.1

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.

Version 1

Details on how to complete a BRCGS blended audit, which is part remote and part on site.

Version 2.1: 1st March 2021 (NEW)

BRCGS079: Protocol on unannounced audits (for announced sites)

Version 2.1

New protocol for sites which have very short seasons. S&D sites have the option to choose fully unannounced, or part announced on the year that it’s due.

Version 1.1

Outlines the requirements for announced sites to have 1 unnanounced audit every 3 years.

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13 thoughts on “Position Statements – BRC Food

  1. Hello Kassy, A director at the BRCGS advised me yesterday 29/10/2020 that I may want to raise with you an issue on your BRCGS079 Position Statement publication. They tell me “Not only is this not published until next week but this is an early draft and not the final document”. Just thought I should let you know.

    1. Hi Russell
      Thanks for letting me know, but it was BRCGS themselves that sent this directly to me. So, given that the document control says it’s published, I can only presume that it is published.

      1. No problem, let’s see what’s in the offical version next week and see if it is any different?
        You’ve got yourself a good contact at BRCGS, that’s why I couldn’t find it!

    1. No, not at this stage. BRCGS S&D Issue 4 has just been published and they’ve also issued the draft for BRCGS A&B Issue 3, with the publication being due August I think (from memory don’t quote me on that!). I would imagine the draft of Issue 9 would be August, but that’s only a guess.

  2. Thank you again for providing an essential service that BRCGS should bl**dy well provide themselves. I mean what possible justification can there be for not publishing this very list for their subscribers, I don’t know. Their attitude of “go search for it if you want, but it’s def a non-com if you don’t” is just exasperating!
    Anyway, thank you!

    1. Ervin

      Position statements are published on the BRCGS website – they are sorted by Standard so that you only have to review the relevant ones. Select the Standard you are interested in, and then the Help & Guidance page.

  3. Talking of version 9 already.
    I wonder if the term continual improvement is a cloak for continual employment of the people who update the standard?
    It also makes me wince when a CB is dragging its heals on assessing NC closures or updating the sites status and a customer tells us its our responsibility to chase them.
    OK, I need coffee !

  4. John,
    I’m usually good with databases (a techie better be), but on the BRCGS website I can’t find any way to bring up the list of Food Safety Issue 8 Positions Statements. When our auditor showed me how to get the latest (after logging a non-com for my laxity) it was literally a search at the top, keyword “position statement”, then a browse through all the irrelevant entries. Totally lackadaisical.

  5. Has anyone managed to get version 3 of BRCGS089? I cant find it anywhere, I am being chased by my CB for pre audit docs, am I correct in thinking that we wont be seeing an unnanounnced auditor before 31/12/21 and if they want to audit before then it will be announced?


    1. Hi Lucie
      It’s on Participate – here is the link. You’ll need to log in, but once logged in, hopefully the link will work.

  6. I am having problems finding the position statements, I can only find F837 and F806, I have gone into Standards and then help and guidance. EG How do I find BRCGS080 Blended audits?

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