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?

Document details


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

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.

Version 1.1: 24th August (published post 27th Aug) 2020

BRCGS085 GuidanceforSites Manufacturing CBD products

NEW: 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 3: 17th March 2020

BRC072 Position statement Issue 8

NEW: 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

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9 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.

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